Irish whiskey gains certification trademark in Taiwan

Trade bodies Drinks Ireland the Irish Whiskey Association have successfully secured legal protection for Irish whiskey in Taiwan. Irish whiskey has been granted a certification trademark in both English and Chinese with the aim of giving consumers in Taiwan more confidence in the quality and authenticity of Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey has grown by more than 44% in Taiwan over the last three years, according to the trade bodies. The legal protection follows recent certification…

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India agrees to protect Irish whiskey

Irish whiskey has been granted legal protection in India, the largest whisky market in the world. According to trade body the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA), the registration of Irish whiskey as a certification mark will mean that the category “can fully compete against other whiskies by reinforcing the authenticity of the product for the Indian consumer”. India is the largest whisky market in the world by volume, with 2.3 billion bottles sold in 2018, the…

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South Africa agrees to protect Irish whiskey

Irish whiskey has been granted legal protection in South Africa, the category’s seventh largest market by volume. According to trade body the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA), the registration will give the industry a greater ability to combat fakes. It follows the IWA’s success in securing a certification mark for Irish whiskey in Australia in February this year. In South Africa, 4.43 million bottles of Irish whiskey were sold in 2017 – an increase of 4.5%…

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IWA urges European Parliament to ratify EU-Japan FTA

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) is calling on members of the European Parliament to approve the EU-Japan free trade agreement this week. The EU-Japan free trade agreement, also known as the Economic Partnership Agreement, will come to a vote tomorrow (Wednesday 12 December). The agreement was signed on 17 July 2018 and represents the “largest” bilateral trade deal ever done by the EU. It is set to come into force on 1 February 2019 if ratified…

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Irish whiskey: ‘Smaller brands face the biggest challenges’

The Irish whiskey renaissance is taking the spirits industry by storm, with an abundance of new players and exciting opportunities for growth. But could the rapid success of the category be its undoing? *This feature was originally published in the July 2018 issue of The Spirits Business Once the most highly sought-after whisk(e)y category in the world, today’s Irish renaissance has been a long time coming. Irish whiskey’s success peaked in the mid-­1800s, when soaring…

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