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Irish Whiskey News – Jan 23 – 2020

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on rare Redbreast bottles heading to auction and Pernod Ricard is shifting to 100% renewable energy by 2025.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Jan 23 - 2020 - Redbreast Whiskey Auction

Rare Redbreast Irish whiskey goes to auction in January

On January 29th at The Victor Mee Auctions, a superb collection of six 1960s Redbreast 12-year-old whiskey bottles estimated to sell between €250 and €450 each will be available to interested bidders. The vintage whiskey collection has been taken from the old Jameson Whiskey distillery in Bow Street which closed in 1971 and moved to Middleton, Cork. The Victor Mee team believe these bottles to have been bottled in the 1960s and aged for twelve years in Gilbeys sherry casks.

Production of Redbreast was ceased by Gilbeys in 1985 before the brand was relaunched to the market in the early 1990s meaning unopened bottles in great condition are extremely rare to find on today’s modern market. The auction also has some rare Jameson and Bushmills bottles going under that hammer too.

Irish Whiskey News - Jan 23 - 2020 - Pernod Ricard Solar

By 2025 Pernod Ricard is going to shift to 100% Renewable Energy

The second-largest alcoholic producer in the world, Pernod Ricard, has revealed an ambitious plan to shift to 100% renewable power by 2025. All the spirits and wine brands in the company will be changed to work in strictly renewable energy production sites and offices, including Chivas Regal, Havana Club, Jameson, Martell Cognac, Jakob’s Creek, Mumm, Perrier-Jouët, and others. “We also committed to reducing absolute carbon emissions of production sites by 30% by 2030, validated

Although this new pledge is a great step forward, Pernod Ricard has already made progress in implementing sustainable practices in all production levels, from grain to wine. A few months ago, Pernod Ricard joined RE100, a group of important companies with a 100% commitment to renewable energy. “We[ Pernod Ricard] is confirming the growing demand for clean electricity by committing to moving to renewable energy,” explains RE-100 head Sam Kimmins, “we support their optimistic pledge to move to 100% renewable electrical energy by 2025, encouraging other companies to follow its lead.”

 

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Irish Whiskey News – Dec 5 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Irish whiskey being in danger of US tariffs and Irish Distillers to lead premium whiskey growth in 2020.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Dec 5 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey Tariffs

Fears that Irish whiskey could be hit by new US tariffs

There are fresh fears that Irish whiskey could be hit by new US tariffs. In October, it was announced that a range of goods from the EU were to be subjected to US duties including Irish butter, cheese, liqueurs and pork products. Irish whiskey made in Northern Ireland was on the list of goods but whiskey made in the Republic of Ireland was spared.

Now however, there are growing concerns that Irish whiskey could be affected. The tariffs were announced in retaliation for EU aircraft subsidies but last night the World Trade Organization said Europe had not complied with obligations to remove subsidies to Airbus. In response, the office of the US Trade Representative said it is considering increasing the tariff rates and subjecting additional EU products to the tariffs.

In a letter to members, the Irish Whiskey Association said it was a worrying development and that the threat of tariffs has now escalated. The head of the Irish Whiskey Association, William Lavelle, wrote: “We will continue to monitor the situation and to lobby accordingly.” The EU is pushing for tariffs of around $10 billion on US goods in a parallel process to be decided by the WTO early next year.

Irish Whiskey News - Dec 5 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey futures

Irish Distillers vows to lead premium Irish whiskey growth in 2020

Speaking to The Spirits Business this week Conor McQuaid said Irish Distillers has seen growth across its prestige ranges this year, including Redbreast and the Spot range, and expects a greater demand for premium and super-premium products next year – particularly from the millennial generation.

“What we can say at this stage, though, is that we very much expect to see premiumisation continue to drive the category in 2020, building on the growth we have seen across our prestige ranges this year (+25%), led by Redbreast (+25%) and the Spot range (+40%). “This reflects the increase in consumer appetite, particularly among millennials, for premium and super-premium Irish whiskeys.”

One of the biggest challenges facing Irish Distillers is ensuring production capacity can match the growth of the firm’s whiskey brands. The company has invested more than €400 million (US$440m) in its Midleton Distillery, Dungourney maturation site and bottling plant in Dublin since 2012 in an effort to keep pace with growing demand. “This approach continues; we are laying down stock that will be used decades from now, as we anticipate even greater growth in the Irish whiskey market in the future,”

 

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Irish Whiskey News – February 14 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the Women in Whiskey event at Cafe En Seine and how women in the United States are getting a taste for single malt.

 

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

Irish Whiskey News - February 14 - 2018 - Women in Whiskey Cafe En Seine

Café en Seine Presents: Women in Whiskey

If you think whiskey is a man’s drink, well that’s just old fashioned! Welcome to the new wave of female distillers, bonders and blenders putting a spotlight on worldwide whiskey brands from right here in Ireland. They invite you to join them in their brand new and stunning renovated premises on Dawson Street on Wednesday, March 6th for a very special evening that is guaranteed to thrill that whiskey fan in your life.

Not just for women (although they’re putting them in the spotlight), they’re lifting the lid on what it’s like to work in a niche industry and have invited three leading women in the whiskey business along for a chat. Louise McGuane, founder of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey in Co.Clare, Katherine Condon, micro distiller and brand ambassador at Midleton Whiskey and Lora Hemy, head distiller of Roe & Co Whiskey. Joining them is one or finest bartenders and flavour scientists Ivanna Maresic, who makes a mean cocktail and who’s mixology will be showcased on the night. Guests will then be invited to sample a whiskey brought by each panellist, alongside food paired by Café en Seine’s head chef Stephen Gibson. To top it off, they invite you to enjoy a second delicious, bespoke cocktail created by Ivanna – the perfect end to a fun-filled evening.

Irish Whiskey News - February 14 - 2018 - Women in Whiskey

Whiskey giant Pernod Ricard winning over women as sales soar

The world’s second largest drinks company has distilled a new market for its whiskeys: women. Chivas and Glenlivet maker Pernod Ricard said half the drinkers of its new single-malt Scotch are American women after it made the taste “more approachable,” dropped the price and simplified the packaging.

It released new data Tuesday showing 50% of U.S. sales of the brand came from women — demographic progress that could give it the edge in a fast-growing market. Figures from the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. trade association show sales in Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye jumped 8% to $3.1 billion in 2016, while Irish whiskey sales rose nearly 19%. Consumption of alcohol by women has been steadily rising since the 1950s, but whiskey sales historically have been dominated by men.

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Andrew

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