A drink with… Brendan Buckley, Irish Distillers

The international marketing director talks about building the world’s leading Irish whiskey brand, personal passion projects and preparing for the future. *This feature was originally published in the December 2019 issue of The Spirits Business How did you start working in the Irish whiskey industry? I started working in a sales and marketing capacity with a start‐up in the early ’90s that was building Irish bars around the world. I then lived and worked in…

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Jameson pledges $500k to help bartenders in US

Irish whiskey brand Jameson has pledged to donate US$500,000 to the charity of the United States Bartenders’ Guild to support on-trade members affected by coronavirus. Figures from CGA’s Coffer Peach Business Tracker showed a 2.8% sales decline for Britain’s bar chains in February due to coronavirus, with an “increasingly negative impact” expected in the coming months. Tuesday 17 March marks St Patrick’s Day, the patron saint of Ireland. While this would normally be a huge…

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Jameson and Teeling close visitor centres over coronavirus

A number of Irish whiskey distilleries, including Jameson and Teeling, have closed their sites to visitors temporarily to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. In the Republic of Ireland, there have been 70 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and one death. St Patrick’s Day (17 March) parades across the island of Ireland have been cancelled as a result. The US parade has also been postponed. Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar has closed all schools, colleges and…

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Irish whiskey volume growth outpaces Scotch in US

Volume sales of Irish whiskey grew by 8.6% in the US last year, outpacing American, Canadian and Scotch whiskies, according to preliminary data from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. Irish whiskey has become one of the fastest-growing spirits sectors in the US, but represents only 2% of total spirits volumes in the States, and 7% market share among all whiskies there. According to the preliminary figures in the IWSR US Beverage Alcohol Review database, total whisky…

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Jameson sales reach eight million cases

The world’s biggest-selling Irish whiskey brand, Jameson, broke through the eight-million-case sales mark for the first time in 2019. The Irish Distillers-owned brand shifted 4.6m nine-litre cases in the first six months of 2019 – with value growth up 9% compared to the same period the previous year. December 2019 saw the brand’s biggest sales month in history, with 940,000 sold. Conor McQuaid, chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said: “In 1996, we sold one…

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