Press releases - archive

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 ...

ABFI Statement in response to Lancet Study

24/08/2018

ABFI is committed to encouraging responsible choices about alcohol. Many choices in life carry potential risks and benefits. The HSE has developed low-risk drinking guidelines to provide guidance on moderate alcohol consumption. ABFI calls on the Minister ...

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 ...

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 whiskey industry on trade mission to Canada as country relaxes trade restrictions on imported spirits

28/02/2018

Irish whiskey industry on trade mission to Canada as country relaxes trade restrictions on imported spirits Irish Whiskey Association members travel to Canada with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. as part of Irish Governme ...

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 ...

Distilleries could attract 135,000 visitors to the North West

22/09/2017

The Irish Whiskey Association’s North West Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy was launched by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring today at Connacht Irish Whiskey Distillery in Ballina, Co Mayo. The Irish Whiskey Tourism Strat ...

Irish Whiskey renaissance rolls on with 22% increase in exports to the US in first half of 2017

13/09/2017

Latest figures from the CSO which point to a 22% increase in the value of whiskey exports to the United States in the first six months of 2017 have been hailed as phenomenal by the Irish Whiskey Association. According to the CSO the value of Irish whiskey ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the opening of the Slane Distillery to the public

01/09/2017

The Irish Whiskey Association wishes Slane Distillery the best of luck tomorrow when it opens its doors to visitors From the 2nd September onwards, visitors will be able to avail of guided tours of the state-of-the-art distillery, as well as whiskey tasti ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the launch of the Pearse Lyons Distillery in historic Liberties location

25/07/2017

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the launch of the Pearse Lyons Distillery in historic Liberties location 25th JULY 2017 – The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the announcement that the Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James’s is set to open its d ...

Almost 200 bottles of Irish Whiskey sold every minute as sales around the world skyrocket

29/06/2017

ALMOST 200 BOTTLES OF IRISH WHISKEY SOLD EVERY MINUTE AS SALES AROUND THE WORLD SKYROCKET 29th JUNE 2017 - Demand for Irish whiskey soared by 11.2% last year cementing its position as the world’s fastest growing spirit according to new figures published ...

Irish Whiskey distilleries to attract more than 190,000 tourists to counties Cork, Clare, Kerry and the surrounding region

12/06/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERIES TO ATTRACT MORE THAN 190,000 TOURISTS TO COUNTIES CORK, CLARE, KERRY AND THE SURROUNDING REGION The Irish Whiskey Association’s South West Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy was launched by the Minister of State for Food, ...

Irish Whiskey distilleres to attract more than 200,000 visitors every year to counties Antrim, Derry & Down and the surrounding region

22/05/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERIES TO ATTRACT MORE THAN 200,000 VISITORS EVERY YEAR TO COUNTIES ANTRIM, DERRY AND DOWN AND THE SURROUNDING REGION The Irish Whiskey Association on Monday afternoon [22nd MAY] launched the Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy in ...

Irish Whiskey distilleres to attract 158,000 visitors every year to Ireland's Midlands and East

15/05/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERIES TO ATTRACT 158,000 VISITORS TO IRELAND’S MIDLANDS AND EAST THE Irish Whiskey Association’s Midlands/East Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy was launched by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan on Mo ...

Irish Whiskey distilleres volunteer to mentor new entrants to help grow industry

26/04/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERS VOLUNTEER TO MENTOR NEW ENTRANTS TO HELP GROW INDUSTRY 26th April 2017 – Irish whiskey distillers from all over the island will come together today (Wednesday) to help drive one of Ireland’s most famous exports to new heights. A ...

New bill to help Irish whiskey tourism to reach target of 1.9 million visitors

23/03/2017

NEW BILL TO HELP IRISH WHISKEY TOURISM TO REACH TARGET OF 1.9 MILLION VISITORS The Irish Whiskey Association today welcomes the passage of the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016 through the next stage in the Oireachtas. The legisla ...

Irish Spirits Association meets Scotch Whisky Association in Edinburgh on eve of 6 Nations

03/02/2017

To discuss challenges and opportunities facing sectors Scotch whisky exports worth £4bn Irish whiskey exports worth €505m Edinburgh, Friday 3 February 2017 – As the Irish and Scottish rugby teams prepare to kick off the six nations championship in Edi ...

Whiskey investment by Diageo heralds a return to sector's Golden Age

31/01/2017

WHISKEY INVESTMENT BY DIAGEO HERALDS A RETURN TO SECTOR’S GOLDEN AGE Tuesday 31st January 2017: The Irish Whiskey Association has said the announcement today (31 January 2016) by Diageo, the world’s largest spirits maker, that it is to re-enter the glo ...

Ireland aims to become the world leader in Whiskey Tourism by 2030

08/12/2016

Ireland aims to become the world leader in Whiskey Tourism by 2030 Creation of a new Irish Whiskey trail and tourism infrastructure around distilleries. Develop an embassy network of hotels, restaurants and pubs. Whiskey tourism has the potential to grow ...

Irish Whiskey Association launches landmark new Irish whiskey mentoring programme

20/10/2016

Irish Whiskey Association launches landmark new Irish whiskey mentoring programme Industry leaders including Irish Distillers and Bushmills to support and guide new entrants into the Irish whiskey category 20th October 2016: The Irish Whiskey Association ...

The Irish Ambassador to the United States and Irish Whiskey Association launch 'Protect Irish Whiskey' campaign

18/10/2016

THE IRISH AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES AND IRISH WHISKEY ASSOCIATION LAUNCH ‘PROTECT IRISH WHISKEY’ CAMPAIGN October 2016 – The Irish Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Anne Anderson, joined the Irish Whiskey Association at the Irish Em ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the opening of Boann Distillery

02/09/2016

IRISH WHISKEY RENNAISANCE TAKES A FIRM HOLD IN DROGHEDA IRISH WHISKEY ASSOCATION WELCOMES OPENING OF BOANN DISTILLERY DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH PROSPECTS IN IRISH WHISKEY SECTOR GLOBAL MARKET SHARE TO GROW BY 300% BY 2030 2nd September 2015 - The Irish Whiske ...

Irish Whiskey Association toasts continues growth of US exports

29/06/2016

IRISH WHISKEY ASSOCIATION TOASTS CONTINUED GROWTH OF US EXPORTS NEW IWSR REPORT SHOWS IRISH WHISKEY EXPORTS UP 19% Wednesday the 29th June - The Irish Whiskey Association has today welcomed a new report published by International Wine and Spirits Resea ...

Irish Whiskey Association Welcomes Opening of Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Co Carlow

22/06/2016

THE IRISH WHISKEY REVIVAL CONTINUES WITH CARLOW’S FIRST DISTILLERY IN OVER 200 YEARS Irish Whiskey Association Welcomes Opening of Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Co Carlow Miriam Mooney, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association welcomed the news that whiskey d ...

Jobs, tourism and local confidence to be boosted by international investment in Irish Whiskey in Slane

03/06/2016

JOBS, TOURISM AND LOCAL CONFIDENCE TO BE BOOSTED BY INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT IN IRISH WHISKEY IN SLANE Irish Whiskey Association welcomes Brown Forman investment Ambition to grow whiskey tourism in Ireland from 600,000 visitors to 800,000 and to increase ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the opening of Echlinville Distillery in Co. Down

07/04/2016

IRISH WHISKEY ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THE OPENING OF ECHLINVILLE DISTILLERY IN CO. DOWN TODAY “THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR AN ALL-ISLAND APPROACH TO IRISH WHISKEY TOURISM“- IWA Thursday 7 April 2016 The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the news from Co. ...

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 ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes official opening of Connacht Whiskey

09/10/2015

There are now 32 new or planned Irish whiskey distilleries across Ireland Irish Whiskey Association welcomes official opening of Connacht Whiskey Company 9th October 2015- The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the official opening of the Connacht Wh ...

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 ...

OPENING OF TEELING WHISKEY DISTILLERY HERALDED AS ANOTHER SIGN OF IRISH WHISKEY RENAISSANCE TAKING FIRM HOLD

02/07/2015

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 N ...

IRISH SPIRITS ASSOCIATION AND IRISH WHISKEY ASSOCATION WELCOME NEW REGULATIONS TO ENFORCE GI STATUS

29/05/2015

IRISH SPIRITS ASSOCIATION AND IRISH WHISKEY ASSOCIATION WELCOME NEW REGULATIONS TO ENFORCE GI STATUS · Irish Whiskey, Irish Poitín and Irish Cream were previously protected by “Geographical Indications” · New regulations has been put in place to streng ...

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 ...

Irish Whiskey sector to invest €1bn in Ireland over next ten years

02/04/2014

Minister Simon Coveney launches Irish Whiskey Association Exports to double by 2020 and double again by 2030 15 new distilleries in development across Ireland The Irish Whiskey Association (IW) which was launched today by Minister for Agriculture, Food ...

Irish Whiskey packs down with scotch whiskey at annual industry meeting

03/02/2014

Flourishing Irish Whiskey Industry will make fantastic gains on league table with estimated growth of 100% by 2020 2nd February 2014 – With Ireland and Scotland battling it out on the rugby pitch this weekend, industry representatives from the Irish whis ...

Drinks sector exports worth €1.25bn in 2013

08/01/2014

Whiskey renaissance helped lead the way for Irish beverage exports in 2013 with double digit growth UK remains largest single market for beverage exports with strong emerging market demand  8th January 2014 - Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, the as ...