This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on nearly 3 million visitors to Irelands brewery and distillery centres and the TTB in the US moves forward with bottle change plans.

So let’s see what’s happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.

Irish Whiskey News July 3 - 2019 - Whiskey Tourism

Number Of Visitors At Irish Breweries And Distilleries reach nearly 3 million.

Recent statistics from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland show that brewery and distillery visitor centres benefit Ireland’s tourism. The number of visitors to brewery and distillery visitor centres increased by 7.2% from 2017 to 2018, and ABFI said the number of visitors is expected to grow.

According to a statement, 2,590,215 million people visited the centres in 2017 and 2,778,500 people visited the centres in 2018. There are at least 24 visitor centres. Almost 35% of visitors were from North America, and almost 13%, came from the UK. Irish citizens made up just over 7% of the total visitors, and Germany and France each made up about 5%.

Irish Whiskey News July 3 - 2019 - Whiskey labelling

 TTB moves forward with whiskey bottle plans

July 3, 2019 – In a move certain to set off fireworks within the distilled spirits industry, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Tax & Trade Bureau appears to be “fast-tracking” a plan to eliminate most of the requirements for distilled spirits and wine bottle sizes. The agency published its notices of proposed rulemaking on Monday, kicking off a public comment period that will end August 30.

The agency’s rationale for considering the change covers both increased purchasing options for consumers while eliminating regulations that “inhibit competition and the movement of goods in domestic and international commerce.” The current regulations ban the import and sale of distilled spirits in 700-millilitre bottles, which is the European Union standard. As a result, U.S. whisky makers who want to export their products to Europe face the increased cost of producing 750ml bottles for the domestic market and 700ml bottles for export. European whisky and spirits makers, including all Scotch and Irish Whiskey brands, face the same problem when they want to export their products to the United States. 

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