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

Friday, 13 December 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 project is a collaboration between Teagasc, TU Dublin, UCC and IT Carlow.

The 4-year project aims to develop the knowledge to produce and effectively utilise more natively grown cereals, principally wheat but also rye and spelt, in the Irish drinks industry.

The results of the project will underpin greater utilisation of natively produced grain in the Irish drinks sector as well as identifying higher value end uses for the waste streams from the sector.

Patricia Callan, Director of Drinks Ireland said:

“Ireland’s drinks industry has the ambition to become a world leader in innovation and sustainability and access to cutting-edge research is critical to achieving this goal. This will require government, academia and industry all working together. This funding announcement by government represents a major step forward, strengthening our ambition to utilise as many inputs as possible from Irish farmers.

“We wish to congratulate Teagasc, TU Dublin, UCC and IT Carlow on their leadership and foresight in putting together their brewing and distilling research network and we wish to thank Minister Creed for his support for this initiative.”