Current press releases




Drinks exports down 19% in 2020, due to US tariffs and Brexit stockpiling and impact of Covid-19

13/01/2021

Drinks exports down 19% in 2020, due to US tariffs and Brexit stockpiling and impact of Covid-19 Irish drinks sector sets sights on recovery this year 13th January 2021- A new report by Bord Bia today, Export Performance and Prospects 2020/21, confirmed ...

Ireland’s beer sector significantly impacted by Covid-19 as pub closure sees draught sales decline by 57% between January and September

18/12/2020

Ireland’s beer sector significantly impacted by Covid-19 as pub closure sees draught sales decline by 57% between January and September Ireland’s beer sector has been significantly impacted by Covid-19 this year, as a result of the extended closure of t ...

People encouraged to #BeSound when returning to their favourite hospitality venues this weekend

08/12/2020

People encouraged to #BeSound when returning to their favourite hospitality venues this weekend Irish consumers asked to respect the guidelines, respect the staff and respect each other, to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience Hospitality v ...

Irish whiskey industry invested €1.55 billion in all-island economy over last 10 years, according to Drinks Ireland Irish Whiskey Association report

04/12/2020

Irish whiskey industry invested €1.55 billion in all-island economy over last 10 years, according to Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey Association report - Irish whiskey experienced phenomenal decade, going from four distilleries to 38 – - New report launche ...

Pat Rigney from The Shed Distillery elected Chair of Drinks Ireland

03/12/2020

Pat Rigney from The Shed Distillery elected Chair of Drinks Ireland Pat Rigney, the Managing Director and Founder at The Shed Distillery, which makes Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, has been elected Chair of Drinks Ireland, the Ibec trade association that ...

#OpeningTime – New video illustrates what a safe reopened pub would look like this Christmas and beyond

24/11/2020

#OpeningTime – New video illustrates what a safe reopened pub would look like this Christmas and beyond Drinks Ireland calls for pubs to be reopened in a sustained manner from December Watch the video here Irish pubs have the structures in place to welco ...

OPEN LETTER WITH 486 SIGNATORIES FROM TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND BUSINESSES IN IRELAND’S EXPERIENCE SECTOR MAKES CALL FOR REOPENING FROM DECEMBER

23/11/2020

OPEN LETTER WITH 486 SIGNATORIES FROM TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND BUSINESSES IN IRELAND’S EXPERIENCE SECTOR MAKES CALL FOR REOPENING FROM DECEMBER Open Letter to Taoiseach argues that businesses in the hospitality and experience sector have been hit dispropor ...

Christmas matters – hospitality sector needs a shot at survival

16/11/2020

Christmas matters – hospitality sector needs a shot at survival “The sector has done the work. Measures are in place. A green light is now needed from government.” – Drinks Ireland #OpeningTime campaign is calling for safe reopening of hospitality sec ...

Happy International Stout Day! 13% of all alcohol consumed in Ireland is stout

06/11/2020

Happy International Stout Day! 13% of all alcohol consumed in Ireland is stout Irish consumer are today being encouraged to enjoy one of their favourite Irish stouts at home to mark International Stout Day (November 5th). According to Drinks Ireland|Beer, ...

COVID-19 IMPACT SEES ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION DROP - NEW REVENUE FIGURES

02/11/2020

COVID-19 IMPACT SEES ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION DROP - NEW REVENUE FIGURES Alcohol consumption fell by 4.5% between January and September compared to same period last year Closure of on-trade sees beer consumption fall by 14.9% as cider dips by 9.6% 2nd November ...

Open Letter to Government from 12 Trade Associations and 429 individual businesses in Ireland's experience Economy

05/10/2020

OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT FROM 12 TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND 429 INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES IN IRELAND’S EXPERIENCE ECONOMY Concerns raised about lasting damage caused by Covid-19 restrictions and Ireland being an outlier in Europe · Businesses operating in the e ...

Covid-19 continues to significantly impact Irish spirits sector, hitting sales, exports and production

01/10/2020

Covid-19 continues to significantly impact Irish spirits sector, hitting sales, exports and production “Hospitality sector is vital for consumers to explore products from new and emerging Irish spirits producers” - Pat Rigney, Chair of Drinks Ireland|Sp ...

Pubs being treated as political scapegoats and today’s decision will likely be the final call for many Dublin businesses – Drinks Ireland

21/09/2020

Pubs being treated as political scapegoats and today’s decision will likely be the final call for many Dublin businesses – Drinks Ireland Drinks Ireland says decision by Cabinet to essentially close Dublin’s hospitality sector is: · Ineffective – the ...

Proposal to essentially close Dublin’s hospitality sector ‘ineffective, unfair and totally out of step with the rest of the country and the EU’

18/09/2020

Proposal to essentially close Dublin’s hospitality sector ‘ineffective, unfair and totally out of step with the rest of the country and the EU’ It would mean that Dublin’s wet pubs are never even given a chance to reopen safely and sustainably – Drin ...

Three major drinks companies in Ireland criticise decision to keep Dublin wet pubs shut

16/09/2020

Three major drinks companies in Ireland criticise decision to keep Dublin wet pubs shut 16th September 2020 – Three of Ireland’s major drinks companies, which are members of Drinks Ireland, the Ibec trade group that represents Ireland’s drinks manufact ...

Fourth time not a charm – yet another false start for Dublin pubs

15/09/2020

Fourth time not a charm – yet another false start for Dublin pubs  Dublin pubs being treated unfairly and disproportionately – Drinks Ireland It’s time for #OpeningTime 15th September 2020 - Dublin pubs that don’t serve food, or ‘wet pubs’, should b ...

IT’S TIME FOR #OPENINGTIME

14/09/2020

IT’S TIME FOR #OPENINGTIME New #OpeningTime campaign by drinks suppliers and publicans highlights importance of reopening pubs that do not serve food safely and sustainably Pubs are regulated environments that are vital for Ireland’s local economies and ...

New Drumshanbo visitor experience offers timely boost to Irish whiskey tourism

10/09/2020

New Drumshanbo visitor experience offers timely boost to Irish whiskey tourism Industry aiming to bounce back following major loss in visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries in 2020 - Despite a tough year, Irish whiskey tourism is looking to the future wit ...

Drinks industry calls for dedicated hospitality support package as Ireland’s pubs and bars endure longest lockdown in the EU

28/08/2020

Drinks industry calls for dedicated hospitality support package as Ireland’s pubs and bars endure longest lockdown in the EU Thirteen EU member states, including Germany and Italy, reopened their bars in May; nine, including France and Spain, reopened in ...

Ireland’s beer sector significantly impacted by Covid-19 because of continued on-trade closure

07/08/2020

Ireland’s beer sector significantly impacted by Covid-19 because of continued on-trade closure Drinks Ireland|Beer calls for urgent Government support for Ireland’s pub sector as it publishes annual Beer Market Report New report shows that beer sales an ...

Irish whiskey industry welcomes coming into force of EU-Vietnam trade agreement

04/08/2020

Irish whiskey industry welcomes coming into force of EU-Vietnam trade agreement - Association calls on new Government to continue to support future EU trade agreements - Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the new EU-Vietnam Free Trade A ...

July Stimulus Reaction: Stimulus for some and ‘a start’ for others

24/07/2020

July Stimulus Reaction: Stimulus for some and ‘a start’ for others VAT reduction for on-trade alcohol, while welcome, does nothing for the 3,500 pubs that remain closed Two-tier sector exists in drinks industry with over half of Ireland’s pubs still c ...

Wine Market Report 2019

23/07/2020

YES WAY ROSÉ - SALES OF SUMMER DRINK FAVOURITE ON THE UP IN IRELAND ACCORDING TO NEW DRINKS IRELAND|WINE REPORT Sales of rosé wine grew last year, and the summer favourite now accounts for just under 6% of all wine consumed here, according to a new report ...

Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey highlights importance of domestic tourism as Irish whiskey distilleries heavily impacted by collapse in international tourism

17/07/2020

Thursday, 16th July 2020 Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey highlights importance of domestic tourism as Irish whiskey distilleries heavily impacted by collapse in international tourism IrishWhiskey360° campaign urges tourists to ‘get back into the spirit’ by ...

Drinks industry rejects Central Bank comments and calls for VAT reduction on alcohol sales to deliver temporary and targeted boost to pubs

16/07/2020

Drinks industry rejects Central Bank comments and calls for VAT reduction on alcohol sales to deliver temporary and targeted boost to pubs ‘Evidence based decision making rather than opinion is required’ Makhlouf scepticism on VAT rate reduction fails t ...

Irish Beer Taste Growing in “sophistication”

10/07/2020

Irish Beer Taste Growing in “sophistication” The latest Beer Image Tracker shows increased knowledge of Beer varieties Irish consumers are becoming increasingly knowledgeable of the different tastes and varieties of beers, according to research commissi ...

Drinks industry calls for VAT reduction on alcohol to help pubs and maintain employment of ‘younger workers’

09/07/2020

Drinks industry calls for VAT reduction on alcohol to help pubs and maintain employment of ‘younger workers’ VAT cut would safeguard jobs in a sector dominated by young workers who will be disadvantaged as pubs reopen slowly ‘A reduction is the hospita ...

European directive gives government power to cut VAT on on-trade sales to support pubs

08/07/2020

Call on Minister for Finance to deliver support package for drinks and hospitality sector, including reduction in VAT on on-trade alcohol, in July stimulus as UK announce huge stimulus package – ‘Ireland needs to follow suit with creative and proactive ...

22,500 jobs at risk in drinks sector as pubs on track for 50% decline in business for the remainder of 2020 – DCU economist report

06/07/2020

Economist Anthony Foley authors report on impact of Covid-19 on the drinks industry and analyses the effect of a reduced VAT rate on on-trade alcohol sales Report concludes that consumer demand will be lower after lockdown due to higher unemployment and r ...

Reopening of the hospitality sector

06/07/2020

Reopening of the hospitality sector Make sure to #BeSound if you’re heading back to pubs, bars or restaurants this weekend Customers encouraged to Respect the Guidelines, Respect Each Other and Respect the Staff to ensure everyone has a great time and is ...

New Reopening with Respect campaign will welcome consumers back to pubs, bars and restaurants while urging them to #BeSound

26/06/2020

A new campaign, Reopening with Respect, was launched by Drinks Ireland today to encourage consumers to act respectfully and #BeSound when returning to their favourite pubs, bars and restaurants in the coming weeks. Drinks Ireland represents Irish drinks p ...

Is it genuine? Irish gin sector welcomes new guidelines to prevent the marketing of fake or misleading Irish ‘gin’ products

18/06/2020

New guidance from the Food and Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) to ensure that Irish gin produced and marketed here is labelled correctly has been welcomed by Drinks Ireland|Spirits, which represents Ireland’s gin industry. Concerns have been raised th ...

Irish cider exports rose significantly in 2019, but sector requires urgent cashflow supports to cope with Covid-19 pandemic

03/06/2020

New report from Drinks Ireland|Cider shows that cider sector contributed €60 million in excise to the economy in 2019 & over half a billion Euro since 2010 Cider sales in Ireland down in line with trend of alcohol consumption falling – but there’s more ...

24 million fewer pints consumed in April 2020 vs. April 2019 due to Covid-19 lockdown

02/06/2020

New Nielsen figures confirm that beer, cider and spirits sales fell by over a third in April Beer and cider sales down 36% Spirits sales down 13% 2nd June 2020 - New figures have today confirmed that alcohol consumption has fallen in Ireland as a result o ...

Irish Whiskey industry ready to bounce back after Covid-19 restrictions

14/05/2020

Irish whiskey industry backs calls for funding support to promote brands in key markets around the world ahead of World Whiskey Day - The Irish Whiskey industry is ready to bounce back when the Covid-19 restrictions are eased. That is the message from Dri ...

Drinks Sector exports €1.45bn each year – Government funding needed for “boots on the ground” in export markets

29/04/2020

• Ibec group Drinks Ireland releases seven-point plan to safeguard sector • Government must work with all affected industries in developing a joined-up Roadmap for reopening of the vital hospitality sector, which employs 175,000 The Covid-19 pandemic ha ...

Closure of on-trade results in overall alcohol sales falling

24/04/2020

Consumers urged to be mindful of their alcohol consumption during Covid-19 lockdown Drinks Ireland, the Ibec group that represents drinks manufacturers, brand owners and distributors on the island of Ireland, today clarified that overall alcohol sales hav ...

Irish Whiskey360° and Tourism Ireland to promote Irish whiskey tourism in the US and Canada

04/03/2020

IrishWhiskey360° and Tourism Ireland will launch a kick-off campaign to promote Irish whiskey tourism among US and Canadian media and incoming tour operators in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day. IrishWhiskey360° is Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey’s tourism- ...

Irish MEPs have chance to abolish 45% tariff on Irish whiskey in Vietnam

11/02/2020

“Anti-trade sentiments are on the rise, but now is not the time for our politicians to be voting down trade agreements that offer future growth.” - Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey Irish MEPs must support a vote to open up trade between Vietnam and Europe. ...

Irish whiskey industry calls on MEPs to support vote on EU-Vietnam trade agreement

07/02/2020

Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey is urging Irish MEPs to support the European Parliament vote on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which would see an elimination of the existing 45 per cent tariff on Irish whiskey. The representative body for the Iri ...

Drinks Ireland|Spirits and Scotch Whisky Association tackle Brexit at annual industry meeting

31/01/2020

Drinks Ireland|Spirits and Scotch Whisky Association tackle Brexit at annual industry meeting Irish Spirits and Scotch Whisky – new league table released ahead of Six Nations match 31st January 2020 - On the day of Brexit and ahead of the Six Nations mat ...

Irish Craft Cider makers to take on world leading producers at cider Olympics

29/01/2020

CiderCon taking place in Oakland California from the 28th to the 31st of January Irish craft cider producers are seeking new export and growth opportunities in the US Cider exports to the US worth €3.69 million in 2018 Irish craft cider producers are in ...

Rigorous online safeguards being rolled out to prevent minors from seeing or interacting with alcohol brands online

28/01/2020

• Irish drinks industry agrees to a number of commitments to tackle underage drinking • Alcohol brands, and non-alcoholic alternatives, to display symbols or written age restrictions in bid to tackle underage drinking • New figures show that underage ...