Press releases - archive

Irish Wine Industry Toasts Growth As Wine Becomes Increasingly Popular Despite Overall Fall In Alcohol Consumption

21/08/2018

Irish Wine Association launches annual ‘Wine Market Report’: ∑ Wine distributors in Ireland employ over 1,100 people ∑ Wine is second most popular drink after beer and sales are increasing ∑ White wine is the most popular wine type in Ireland ∑ Rosť ...

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 ...

Wine drinkers to face higher prices and less choice

14/12/2017

∑ Irish specific labels will be ‘logistical nightmare’ and ‘barrier to free trade’ – Irish Wine Association ∑ A Minimum Unit Price on alcohol will drive up wine prices across all price categories The Irish Wine Association (IWA), which represents win ...

2016 Irish Wine Report

05/09/2017

The Irish Wine Association has today launched the Irish Wine Market Report 2016, calling for an alcohol excise reduction in the upcoming Budget, stating that Ireland’s penal excise rate is bad for jobs, consumers and tourism. The Irish Government increas ...

Irish Wine Industry facing 'Perfect Storm': EU's highest excise rate and implications of Brexit - new report

05/09/2016

SPANISH WINE EXPORTER SPEAKS ON IMPACT OF IRELAND’S EXCISE RATE IRELAND HAS HIGHEST EXCISE ON WINE IN EU Irish importers and distributors now paying €38,240 on excise per 1000 cases imported Monday 5th September, The Irish Wine Association has today l ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ireland has highest taxes on wine in EU

26/09/2014

New report shows wine sales were down 8.3% in 2013 “Excise is the number one threat to the wine industry” – Irish Wine Association The Irish Wine Association, which represents wine importers and distributors in Ireland, today released its Annual Wine ...

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 ...

Budget 2014: 60% of €8 bottle of wine to go to Exchequer

15/10/2013

The Irish Wine Association (IWA) today said the most recent excise increase in Budget 2014 means Irish consumers now pay significantly more for identical bottles of wine sold in other European countries. Last year's 41% excise increase already meant we ha ...

Irish Wine Association launches annual report and calls on government to reverse excise increase

19/08/2013

Large excise increase of 41% introduced at the end of 2012 is challenging Ireland’s competitiveness as a tourism destination Ireland has the highest levels of excise in the EU for wine with approximately 50% of the cost of an average bottle of wine goin ...

41% WINE EXCISE INCREASE DISPROPORTIONATE, EXCESSIVE, AND CONTRARY TO SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS - Irish Wine Association

05/12/2012

5th December 2012 – The Irish Wine Association has described today’s decision by the Government in Budget 2013 to increase wine excise duty by 41% as disproportionate, excessive, and absolutely contrary to their stated aim to support small businesses. T ...