Thursday, 2 July 2015
OPENING OF TEELING WHISKEY DISTILLERY HERALDED AS ANOTHER SIGN OF IRISH WHISKEY RENAISSANCE TAKING FIRM HOLD
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CAMPAIGN WELCOMES OPENING OF TEELINGS DISTILLERY IN D8
FIRST DISTILLERY TO BE BUILT IN DUBLIN IN 125 YEARS – JOINS 25 OTHER NEW OR PROPOSED DISTILLERIES ACROSS THE COUNTY
Support Your Local, a campaign being run by a group of publicans, restaurants, hotels, off-licences and drinks suppliers has heralded the official opening of Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Newmarket, Dublin 8 today as another sign of the Irish whiskey renaissance taking firm hold, with a total of 26 new or proposed distilleries now across the country.
Last month, the main industry players, including Teeling Whiskey Company, came together to launch the ‘Vision for Irish Whiskey’, a strategy document to support growth in the sector, sustainably. The existing players have driven the global renaissance in Irish whiskey with double-digit growth prospects. The potential is massive when we compare Ireland to Scotland, with over 130 Scottish distilleries in operation, bringing investment and employment into rural areas.
Bart Storan, Campaign Manager for Support Your Local said:
“The Irish whiskey industry is experiencing an amazing period of growth at the moment, with annual exports up 220% since 2003. The opening of Teeling Whiskey Distillery today will be good for jobs and tourism in Dublin 8 and will support the overall aim of the industry, to double exports by 2020 and double exports again by 2030 and increase Irish whiskey market share from 4% to 12% by 2030.
“An important aspect of the Irish whiskey story will be whiskey tourism, which we are going to see drive huge numbers to the Teeling Whiskey Distillery. The Irish whiskey industry hopes to boost whiskey tourism from 600,000 visitors to 800,000 in the medium term.”
“A strong home market will be key for the industry to reach its full potential, with adequate support from the Government. This will allow the industry to increase employment by 30% by 2025, investing over €1bn across Ireland.”