Press releases




Visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries exceed 1 million for first time

21/01/2020

Growth of 54% in visitor numbers over the past four years – Over one million people visited Irish whiskey distilleries and brand homes last year, the first time visitor numbers have exceeded the one-million mark. That’s according to Drinks Ireland | Iri ...

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 ...

Irish Whiskey industry welcomes historic EU-China agreement on protection of geographical indications

05/11/2019

Association thanks Commissioner Phil Hogan as Irish whiskey secures protection in China for first time Drinks Ireland | Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the new EU-China agreement on protection of geographical indications (GI). The agreement, which ...

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 ...

Record attendance at IWA workshop for new entrants to Irish whiskey industry

25/06/2019

IWA host annual introductory workshop for new entrants to Irish whiskey industry; Workshop hosted as part of IWA’s ‘The Knowledge Still’ programme to support best practice in the Irish whiskey industry; Workshop attended by 23 companies including 12 ne ...

Events taking place nationwide to mark World Whiskey Day 2019

17/05/2019

 World Whiskey Day takes place on Saturday, 18 May and is a global celebration of world whiskies  Events taking place nationwide to celebrate Irish whiskey  Global sales of Irish whiskey set to break the 11 million case barrier for the first ti ...

EU Commission confirms Irish Whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI)

15/05/2019

EU Commission confirms Irish Whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI) Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) welcomes announcement by the European Commission approving Irish Whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI). The Irish whiskey indust ...

Free trade must be a priority for Irish MEPs after the next election – ABFI

15/05/2019

• “Irish economic model will suffer if MEPs reject future trade agreements” • New European Parliament is expected to consider trade agreements with Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand • De-escalating EU-US trade disputes vitally impor ...

Irish whiskey industry welcomes EU Court ruling on CETA trade agreement

30/04/2019

 Irish Whiskey Association calls on Ireland to finally ratify agreement between EU & Canada  CETA reforms has led to over 30% for some premium Irish whiskey brands The Irish Whiskey Association, which represents Irish whiskey distilleries and brands ...

Big weekend for Irish whiskey: 24th operational distillery, major sales boost, new product launches!

15/03/2019

 24th operational Irish whiskey distillery comes on-stream in Killowen Co. Down  Five million bottles of Irish whiskey to be sold this week for St. Patrick’s Day  IWA members travelling to ProWein trade show in Dusseldorf – Teeling Whiskey Com ...

Irish whiskey producers on industry mission to US and Canada ahead of St Patrick’s Day

06/03/2019

Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) members travel to New York and Toronto as part of industry mission Mission seeks to boost Irish whiskey category profits in the lead up to St Patrick’s Day IWA to partner with the Consulate General of Ireland and Distilled ...

Irish whiskey industry growing at rapid pace with 23rd distillery beginning operations

04/03/2019

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes Clonakilty Distillery today as the 23rd operational Irish whiskey distillery The distillery boasts a unique visitor experience, gin school and bistro restaurant Visitor experience expected to attract 35,000 visitors annu ...

Irish whiskey industry welcomes opening of Dublin Liberties Distillery

20/02/2019

Dublin Liberties Distillery in Dublin city centre today becomes the 22nd operational Irish whiskey distillery  The distillery boasts an impressive visitor centre which will accommodate up to 80,000 visitors annually  Global sales of Irish whiskey e ...