Irish whiskey to double exports by 2020

“If we look at our neighbours in Scotland, we see the world-leading scotch industry exporting over 90 million 9-litre cases annually. There are over 130 Scottish distilleries that bring investment and employment into rural areas. There is no reason why Ireland cannot achieve similar success. We look forward to working with minister Coveney and other relevant stakeholders going forward to ensure Irish whiskey stays on track to become a true success story for brand Ireland,” said Walsh.

The Irish Whiskey Association
Formed in March 2014, the Irish Whiskey Association provides a forum for all operators, new and old, to come together to share expertise and cooperate in building the Irish Whiskey category brand. It is an all-island organisation open to all operators.
The Irish Whiskey Association’s mission is to:
·         Promote the Irish Whiskey category in Ireland and internationally, working with Government agencies and the European Commission;
·         Support new market entrants;
·         Protect the high standards of Irish Whiskey by ensuring the legal protection offered by the Geographic Indication is applied in Ireland and internationally;
·         Ensure public policy supports the sustainable growth of the Irish Whiskey sector.

Members include: Alltech's Beverage Division Ireland, Brown Forman, Bushmills, Carlow Brewing Company, Castle Brand Spirit Group, Dingle Distillery, Connacht Whiskey Company, Beam Suntory, Dublin Whiskey Company, Dublin Whiskey Distillery Company, Dúchas Distillery, Echlinville Distillery, First Ireland Spirits Co, Glendalough Irish Whiskey, Great Northern Distillery, Hibernia Distillers, Irish Distillers, Slane Castle Irish Whiskey, Teeling Whiskey Company, Gruppo Campari/TJ Carolan, Walsh Whiskey Distillery, West Cork Distillers, Wild Geese Wines & Spirits Ltd, William Grant & Sons.