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Here you can find out whats been going on in the Irish whiskey industry and see what we have been getting up to as The Whiskey Experts. If you want to know any more – please get in touch.

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Here you can find all the whiskey news that is coming out of Ireland. We will tell you whats been going on in the Irish whiskey industry and see what we have been getting up to as The Whiskey Experts. If you want to know any more information about our weekly whiskey news – please get in touch.

Irish Whiskey Weekly News – September 28- 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on an Irish Whiskey Associations new distillery mentorship programme, ABFI slam new Alcohol bill and 5 million euro for Lough Ree Distillery. 

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

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News

IWA announces new mentoring programme at Midleton

The programme offers entrants a programme of workshops, seminars and one-to-one support from experienced distillery and industry experts on topics including distilling, innovation, and health and safety management.  In the last five years, 16 new distilleries have opened in Ireland and a further 29 are in the planning or development stage, according to the IWA.

The Knowledge Still programme will also ensure that products will continue to comply with the Irish whiskey ‘technical file’ and other statutory requirements, as well as maintaining high standards. William Lavelle, head of the IWA, said: “Protecting the high standards of the Irish whiskey industry and promoting innovation is key to the future success of the category.

“Our main goal is to protect and pass on the high-quality standards which have become a hallmark for Irish whiskey.

 

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News

ABFI concerned about new Alcohol Labelling

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, reversed his decision on cancer warnings on alcohol labels by reintroducing the move into the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The move has now been criticised by the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), that said that it will turn Ireland’s food and drinks industry into a ‘global pariah’.

The ABFI said that the “draconian proposal” will force ‘hugely damaging and misleading cancer warning labels on all alcohol products sold in Ireland, including craft beer, artisan gin and quality whiskey’, which will greatly hinder trade with international companies. ABFI also said that measures in the Alcohol Bill should be proportionate and evidence-based and that the idea of picking and choosing one disease over the other health risks and/or benefits associated with alcohol consumption was confusing and nonsensical.

“We all agree that alcohol misuse and underage drinking should be addressed, and we support the objective of the Alcohol Bill in this regard. But it is imperative that the end result is a piece of legislation that is effective, evidence-based, compliant with EU law, and does not do undue harm to an important Irish industry,” said Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland.

 

Lough Ree Distillery invests 5m euro in new expansion

Lough Ree Distillery is investing in excess of €5 million in expanding its facilities, with construction of a new distillery and visitor centre set to commence in the coming weeks ahead of an official opening in mid-2019, creating over 20 jobs locally.

Based on the banks of Lough Ree at Lanesborough’s crossing point on the River Shannon, the new distillery’s owners assert that it will increase local and international tourism to the area, resulting in upwards of 25,000 visitors by 2023.

When in full production, Lough Ree Distillery will have production capacity for 50,000 cases of premium whiskey and 15,000 cases of gin and other white spirits per annum.

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey Weekly News.

 

 

Andrew

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – October 17 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on the upcoming Whiskey Live 2018 at the Printworks in Dublin Castle and the expansion of Irish Distillers operation in Cork.

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

 

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - October 17 - 2018 - Whiskey Live

Dublin Whiskey LIVE shift from foreign to local industry

Much of this is down to Ally Alpine and the team at the Celtic Whiskey Shop, on Dublin’s Dawson Street, which took over the hosting of the event a few years go and has been fundamental in bridging the gap between producers and consumers, by organising tasting nights and educational talks and tours.

The country’s biggest producer, Irish Distillers Limited (IDL), has a big presence with its premium brands Midleton Very Rare and Redbreast on show, as well as its experimental line Method and Madness. Mitchell & Sons wine merchants will have the complete Midleton distillery ‘Spot’ range including the yet to be released 15-year-old Red Spot. Heavy-hitters Bushmills will be tasting its entire core range, including the superb 21-year-old. Teeling will be unveiling its highly anticipated single pot still bottling — one of which sold for €11,200, a record for a new distillery.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - October 17 - 2018 - Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers to invest €150 million in upgrades

The majority of the money (€130 million) will be spent on the company’s distillery in Midleton and maturation site in Dungourney – both in County Cork. Among the upgrades and installations taking place at Dungourney will be the addition of eight new maturation warehouses, each with a 16,800 cask capacity, meaning that Irish Distillers will be able to store an additional 134,400 casks. It will also be installing additional distilling equipment at Midleton in order to expand its production capacity.

This includes an additional German-made mechanical vapour recompression evaporator, a third mash filter and new fermenters. The construction of a new office building at the distillery is also due to be completed in July 2019. The distilling giant said the investment was prompted by the strong performance of its Jameson whisky brand, which is now in double or triple-digit growth in over 80 markets, according to the producer.

The remaining €20 million will be spent on the development of its Fox and Geese bottling plant in Dublin. Here Irish Distillers will extend the main bottling hall as well as expand its storage warehouses, laboratory and office space while also carrying out upgrades to existing equipment.

 

 

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – August 14- 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Bord Boa’s response to Ireland’s whiskey & gin success, Jameson top 5 in USA whiskey market and famous owners of whiskey and spirit manufacturers. 

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

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - August 14- 2018 - Bord Bia

Drinks agency Bord Bia raises a glass to the whiskey and gin boom

Sales of Irish whiskey increased by 11 per cent to 9.3 million nine-litre cases last year, making it the fastest growing spirit globally. Since 2013 sales have grown by 39 per cent, helping Irish whiskey to double its global share to 6 per cent. While Ireland’s share of the global market remains much smaller than that of Scotch whisky, which accounted for 43 per cent of total sales last year, Scotland has recorded slower growth in recent years.

Over the five-year period, Scotch sales have fallen by 4.5 per cent and its market share has fallen from 50 per cent. In 2008, half of all whisky sales came from Scotland. It is expected that worldwide Irish whiskey sales will reach 10.2 million cases by early next year, as opposed to the end of 2021 as was envisaged years ago.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - August 14- 2018 - Jameson

Jameson at number 5 in best selling whiskeys in USA

Americans sure love their whiskey. In the past year, U.S. whiskey sales have jumped 4 per cent. Yet, a big part of the growth belongs to higher-end brands. This includes whiskies such as Bulleit bourbon, Woodford Reserve bourbon, Wild Turkey bourbon and Jameson Irish Whiskey. These four all posted double-digit sales growth in the past year.

Many of the top whiskey brands are no longer independent distillers, but rather part of larger entities. Take Bulleit, for example. Bulleit is owned by London-based Diageo Plc. Diageo owns other popular brands such as Captain Morgan rum and Johnnie Walker Scotch.

And then there’s Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp., which owns not only Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey but also Canadian Mist and Woodford Reserve. The larger spirits companies are investing money into marketing efforts that are helping to drive increased sales of their brands.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - August 14- 2018 - Famous OWners

Celebrities Who Own Their Own Wine And Liquor Brands

Celebrity product endorsements are a longtime tradition and quite lucrative for everyone involved. But in recent years, many stars have wanted to do more than just offer a sip and a smile in an advertisement, especially when alcohol is involved.

As a result, celebrities are shaking things up and getting involved in the booze business. And it’s proving to be a perfect pairing for superstars and fans alike. The brands have a built-in boost, and it gives the rest of us a taste of the A-list lifestyle. Check out the stars who are stomping grapes and handcrafting spirits that are worth a sip.

 

 

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey Weekly News.

 

 

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 

 

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