Press releases

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 toRespect the Guidelines,Respect Each OtherandRespect the Staffto 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 ...

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 ...

Angola, Japan and South Korea among emerging export destinations for Irish drinks products

20/01/2020

Ireland’s drinks industry continues to expand into new and emerging export markets like Angola, Japan and South Korea, according to a new analysis of Eurostat data and Bord Bia research by Drinks Ireland, the representative body for drinks manufacturers ...

Irish drinks exports increased by 8% to €1.45bn in 2019

09/01/2020

Irish drinks exports grew by 8% last year to reach €1.45 billion, according to a new report released by Bord Bia and welcomed by Drinks Ireland. It found that the US remains the key market for Irish beverage exports, accounting for 40% of exports in 2019 ...

It’s a go for “low and no” as Drinks Ireland releases consumer trends to watch in 2020

27/12/2019

• Spirited growth for premium Irish whiskey and gin set to continue in 2020 as spirits sales grow by almost 2% in the first three quarters of 2019 • Irish alcohol consumption continues to fall, as consumers choose quality over quantity • Conscious and ...

Dessert and coffee innovations drive Irish Cream liqueur Christmas sales

22/12/2019

Salted caramel, white chocolate and toffee buttermint are among the delicious Irish Cream liqueur flavours being enjoyed by consumers this festive period, as producers of the iconic drink anticipate strong sales for Christmas 2019. The intrinsically Irish ...

Drinks Ireland welcomes new €850,000 Government funding for research in brewing and distilling

13/12/2019

Drinks Ireland, the representative voice for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, has welcomed news that €856,746 has been awarded to a new research project in brewing and distilling by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. The pro ...

Pat Rigney appointed Chair of Drinks Ireland|Spirits

11/12/2019

Pat Rigney, the Managing Director and Founder of "The Shed Distillery" in Co. Leitrim, which makes Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, has today been appointed Chair of Drinks Ireland|Spirits, the representative body responsible for promoting the interests of ...

Sales of Irish Cream liqueur continue to grow as new innovations and flavours help drive popularity

27/11/2019

Irish Cream liqueur producers and brand owners are looking forward to a surge in consumer interest this Christmas. Innovation in the category, including the introduction of new flavours, has meant the category has experienced a revival in recent years and ...

Statement from Drinks Ireland on advertising measures in the Alcohol Act being introduced today

12/11/2019

Patricia Callan Director of Drinks Ireland said: “Overall, we support the objectives of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act, to tackle alcohol misuse and underage drinking. We believe that measures introduced should be proportionate, evidence-based and effec ...

Irish cream liqueur’s GI status to be recognised in China

06/11/2019

Drinks Ireland | Spirts highlights opportunity for growth in the sector Drinks Ireland | Spirits, the representative body for spirits producers in Ireland, has welcomed news today that the Geographical indication (GI) for Irish Cream liqueur / 爱尔兰...

Spirited growth: Irish spirits exports increase by 10%

03/10/2019

Irish spirits exports exceeded €1 billion for the first time in 2018. The value of spirits exports from Ireland increased by 10.2% between 2017 and 2018, from €916 million to over €1 billion, according to the annual Irish Spirits Market Report, release ...

IrishWhiskey360 unveiled - the new brand and home for Irish whiskey tourism

10/09/2019

● Minister Michael Creed launches new Irish whiskey tourism brand and website to coincide with Taste the Island food and drink tourism campaign ● Visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries and visitor centres to break one million this year as industry tar ...

New EU wide commitment will see additional ingredient and calorie information on beer labels

04/09/2019

• New commitment with European Commission secures agreement by European beer producers to empower consumers • Labels will be rolled out across the EU market by 2022 Drinks Ireland*, the representative body for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Irel ...