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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 ...

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 Ě 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: Ě 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 16tháSeptember 2020á– 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 pubsá Dublin pubs being treated unfairly and disproportionately – Drinks Ireland It’s time for #OpeningTime 15tháSeptember 2020 -áDublin pubs that don’t serve food, or ‘wet pubs’, should b ...

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 ...

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 toáRespect the Guidelines,áRespect Each OtheráandáRespect the Staffáto 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,áReopening 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 ...