The impact of Covid-19 on Irish whiskey tourism

Tourism has played a central role in Irish whiskey’s success, with distilleries welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors. But how will lockdowns and travel restrictions affect the category’s future? *This feature was originally published in the September 2020 issue of The Spirits Business The Irish whiskey sector has enjoyed a boom over the past decade, with new distilleries popping up around the country, providing top‐quality liquid and unique visitor experiences to rival those offered by…

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Ireland’s alcohol sales drop 35.6% in April

Alcohol sales fell by 35.6% in Ireland in April 2020 compared to the same period last year, with spirits dropping by 13% as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In April 2020, trade body Drinks Ireland estimated that total alcohol sales have fallen by 30% across the country since on-trade venues were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic on 15 March. New figures from Nielsen, released by Drinks Ireland, provide sales for spirits, beer, and…

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Drinks industry responds to 2020 budget

Today’s UK budget addressed looming issues such as coronavirus and US tariffs, while spirits duty was once again frozen. The Spirits Business rounds up views from the drinks industry to see how the statement could impact the sector. Earlier today (11 March), the drinks industry was delivered some good news when new UK chancellor Rishi Sunak said in the 2020 budget that the “planned increase in spirits duty will be cancelled”, while duty on beer,…

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Irish alcohol policy conference excludes drinks trade

The Irish drinks industry has criticised an upcoming alcohol policy conference for failing to include trade members, claiming discussions will likely be unbalanced as a result. The Global Alcohol Policy Conference will take place in Dublin on 9-11 March as part of a collaboration between the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA), Ireland’s Department of Health and alcohol policy NGOs. The three-day event will have the theme: ‘Alcohol, Equity and Global Health: the benefit of alcohol…

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Trade issues will push Irish brands into new markets

Global trade uncertainties due to Brexit and US trade wars will push Irish alcohol producers to “diversify” into new and emerging markets, according to Drinks Ireland. In 2019, the value of Irish alcohol exports rose to €1.45 billion – up 8% (€137m/ US$152m) compared to the previous year, according to recent research by Bord Bia. Of this growth, 55% came from the Irish whiskey category, as total whiskey exports reached €727m (US$806m). Irish whiskey exports…

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