Press releases - archive

Gin & Premium Irish Whiskey are the fastest growing spirits in Ireland last year

05/09/2018

Vodka remains Ireland’s most popular spirit Spirits industry warns of threats from Public Health (Alcohol) Bill The Irish Spirits Association today launched the second Irish spirits industry and market report. The report was launched by the Chairperson o ...

The Irish Spirits Association Report shows All-island exports grew to €1.32 billion in 2017

05/09/2018

The Irish Spirits Association Report shows All-island exports grew to €1.32 billion in 2017 17.2 million cases of Irish GI spirits exports in 2017 – that’s 207 million bottles! Spirits industry warns of threats from trade disputes and Public Health (Al ...

Irish whiskey industry warns ludicrous outdoor advertising restrictions will damage visitor centres and small distilleries

30/08/2018

Directional/way-finding signs to whiskey distillery visitor centres to be banned in many areas under current Public Health (Alcohol) Bill; Advertising restrictions cited as anti-competitive as smaller distilleries and new brands won’t be able to compete ...

Brewery and Distillery visitor centres report ‘positive summer’ as future looks bright for sector

28/08/2018

2,590,215 visitors to the brewery and distillery tourist attractions in Ireland in 2017 13 whiskey distillery visitor centres in planning or development stage Ireland’s Brewery and Distillery visitor centres are now attracting millions of tourists every ...

Warning that Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will have negative impact on local jobs and rural economy

16/08/2018

Diversification and innovation in Irish drinks industry means that there are now: · Craft breweries in every county · Irish whiskey distilleries in 22 counties · Irish gin distilleries in 14 counties But Government warned that Alcohol Bill will hinder fur ...

Planning a stay-cation this summer? Why not visit one of Ireland’s brewery or distillery visitor attractions

11/07/2018

Drinks industry visitor centres attracted 2.6 million visitors in 2017 Impending legislation will damage growth as ‘ads and directional signage to visitor centres to be banned’ – ABFI As Ireland continues to experience hot weather, the country is enjoy ...

Irish Whiskey Association warns EU that trade war with US could devastate Irish whiskey industry

25/05/2018

An EU-US trade war could devastate the Irish whiskey industry, according to the Irish Whiskey Association. The body, which represents Ireland’s rapidly expanding network of distillers, new and old, made the comment today at a major gathering of the all-i ...

On World Whiskey Day, Irish whiskey industry outlines ambitious plans to more than double worldwide sales by 2030

25/05/2018

Irish whiskey industry to gather in Bushmills Co. Antrim next week to discuss international trade and the impact of Brexit on the industry On World Whiskey Day (Saturday, 19 May), the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has outlined its ambitious plans to mor ...

Gin sales up 44% in Ireland in 2017 as Irish gin producers set sights on growth

06/04/2018

Irish spirits industry launches five-year ‘Strategy for Irish Gin’ Producers propose Irish Gin Standard for quality and authenticity Gin lovers in Ireland are set to benefit from the surge in popularity of Irish gin, with new products set to hit the mar ...

Irish gin producers aim to treble sales to 5 million bottles by 2022

06/04/2018

Irish spirits industry launches five-year ‘Strategy for Irish Gin’ Producers propose Irish Gin Standard for quality and authenticity Irish gin producers want to treble sales by 2022, with the aim to sell 5 million bottles or 400,000 9-litre cases around ...

Drinks industry faces regulatory divergence and trade border risks as a result of Brexit

28/03/2018

New Brexit Loan Scheme welcomed by drinks industry The Brexit Loan Scheme launched by the Government today will be an important resource for Ireland’s drinks industry, which faces unique risks associated with Brexit, according to Alcohol Beverage Federat ...

Irish Spirits and beer producers eye new export markets as world turns green for St Patricks Day

15/03/2018

Irish drinks sales grew in Japan, Russia, Nigeria and South Africa in 2017 Irish whiskey exports to United States increased by almost 17 per cent in 2017 Irish craft beer now exporting to Hong Kong, Singapore, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Australia I ...

New commitment by EU drinks producers to provide nutritional information and listing of ingredients

12/03/2018

Irish drinks producers warn that labelling proposals in Alcohol Bill will put Ireland out of line with rest of EU Ireland to become only country in world to require mandatory cancer warning label which could become ‘barrier to free trade’ A new EU wide ...

Irish Spirits Association and Scotch Whisky Association tackle Brexit at annual industry meeting

09/03/2018

New league table compares Irish whiskey vs. Scotch whisky Scotch dominates the market with 118 distilleries vs. 18 Irish whiskey distilleries But Irish whiskey industry on the attack as the fastest growing spirits category in the world Ahead of the Si ...

Irish cream liqueur and gin producers embark on trade mission to Canada following elimination of tariffs

27/02/2018

Canada is one of the top five target markets for future export growth of Irish gin Growth of Irish whiskey already strong in Canada with the value of exports increasing by 20.5 per cent in first 10 months of 2017 Irish cream liqueur and Irish gin producer ...

EU protected Irish Whiskey, Cream Liqueur and Poitín ‘uniquely exposed to Brexit risks

21/02/2018

EU protected Irish Whiskey, Cream Liqueur and Poitín ‘uniquely exposed to Brexit risks’ Ireland’s all-island drinks industry faces unique risks associated with regulatory divergence and trade border controls after a hard Brexit, according to the repres ...

Irish gin exports set to grow significantly in 2018 / New Irish whiskey brands to hit shelves this year

22/01/2018

More choice for beer drinkers with new flavours, low alcohol and non-alcohol options expected Public Health (Alcohol) Bill ‘puts growth at risk’ Irish drinks manufacturers release outlook for 2018 Irish gin is expected to go global this year, with expor ...

Aoife Clarke appointed Chair of Irish Spirits Association

11/12/2017

Beam Suntory’s Aoife Clarke has been appointed chair of the Irish Spirits Association (ISA), the representative body responsible for promoting the interests of the Irish spirits industry. Clarke, who was previously vice-chair of the ISA, will be the firs ...

Most buoyant sales for years’ predicted for Irish cream liqueur this Christmas – ISA

04/12/2017

Most buoyant sales for years’ predicted for Irish cream liqueur this Christmas – ISA Pre-Christmas cheer for Irish cream liqueur as it recovers from ‘lost decade’ Love Irish Cream Liqueur campaign launched by Irish Spirits Association to protect and ...

Spirits high as Irish Spirits Industry shows vibrant growth

18/10/2017

The Irish spirits industry is undergoing vibrant growth, with exports increasing substantially in recent years, according to a new report released today by the Irish Spirits Association. The report is the first-ever industry and market report on Irish spi ...

Ireland's gin revolution continues with creation of new gin group

30/08/2017

#1 priority for Irish gin producers is creation of a legally-recognised standard for Irish Gin 30th August 2017: The Irish Spirits Association today hosted the inaugural meeting of Ireland’s Gin producers, to represent this remerging Irish food and drink ...

Irish Spirits Association calls for ongoing protecion of All-Island Geographic Indications

11/07/2017

Spirts sector supports over 15,000 jobs on the island of Ireland, directly and indirectly Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream Liquor and Irish Poteen/Irish Poitín are legally protected by EU Geographic Indications (GIs): they must be produced on the island of Ire ...

New economic report on drinks industry highlights potential for future export growth

12/11/2015

Potential export growth valued at €2BN and further 13,000 domestic jobs over next 15 years Government’s Foodwise 2025 strategic plan for drinks industry requires private sector investment of at least €1.15 billion The imposition of high taxes, regulat ...

Drinks industry "firm ally" in reaching food wise 2025 objectives

03/07/2015

Irish whiskey market share set to rise by 300%, with double digit export growth Brewing sector continues to invest, with 3,000 farming families supported by sector The drinks industry has today pledged support for the Government’s new ten year strategy f ...

Irish Whiskey global market share to rise by 300% by 2030

12/05/2015

Minister Coveney unveils ambitious Vision for Irish Whiskey Exports to double by 2020, double again by 2030 Irish Whiskey Association launches strategy to underpin growth in sector in Dublin, Tuesday 12th May 2015 - Minister Coveney has today launched the ...

The Responsible Serving of Alcohol Programme launches new online training initiative

20/10/2014

Irish Pubs and Hotels have come together to give a new impetus to the responsible serving of alcohol. Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, Licensed Vintners Association and Irish Hotels Federation team-up to support new online training programme for their me ...

ABFI welcomes Government's decision not to increase excise on alcohol

14/10/2014

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has today welcomed the Government’s decision not to increase excise on alcohol. ABFI represents Irish beer, cider, whiskey, wine and spirits suppliers and manufacturers and said that today’s decision not ...

Latest data shows that Irish drink exports are worth €1.4 billion

10/09/2014

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has today released research which shows that Irish drinks exports are worth €1.4 billion, with the drinks manufacturing sector exporting 45% of its total turnover. The data comes from the 2012 Census of Industrial Pro ...

Excise is a blunt instrument that DOES NOT impact on alcohol misuse

03/09/2014

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has today responded to Alcohol Action Ireland’s pre-budget submission which has urged the government not to lower excise duty in the next budget. They have said that excise is a blunt instrument that does not impact o ...

Drinks industry launches major national campaign 'Support Your Local...'

28/04/2014

The drinks industry today launched a major national campaign entitled ‘Support Your Local…’ The campaign is designed to highlight the significant financial and social contribution made by the Irish drinks industry, including: Employing 92,000 people in ...

The World's First Super Premium Collection of Irish Spirits

11/11/2013

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Budget 2014: Over €16 of €22 bottle of spirits will go to Exchequer

15/10/2013

Commenting on Budget 2014, the Irish Spirits Association (ISA) today said the 10c increase of excise on a standard measure of spirits will mean that €16.40 of a €22 standard bottle of spirits now goes to the Exchequer. The group said that today's 15% ex ...