Irish Whiskey Exports Showed Double-Digit Growth Across Key Markets

Irish Whiskey Exports Showed Double-Digit Growth Across Key Markets

Last year, the world’s thirst for Irish whiskey kept growing. Figures from the Central Statistics Office’s (CSO) indicate that exports achieved an overall increase in value of 14.2% and 16.7% growth in experts to the US, Irish whiskey’s largest export market. Canada registered an increase of 15.7% and there was a growth of 9.2% across the 27 EU markets.

Irish whiskey exports reach 135 countries worldwide and the spirit is the fastest-growing category in the world. Last year, approximately 120 million bottles of Irish whiskey were sold, representing more than €600 million in exports for Ireland. This is an increase of 20% compared to 2016.

William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association commenting on the statistics: “These figures confirm the sustained double-digit export growth in the Irish whiskey category. Irish whiskey export growth is delivering for the Irish economy, creating jobs throughout the country and benefiting Irish barley farmers.”

He added that “Irish whiskey remains the fastest growing spirits category in the world. This growth is showing signs of no abatement. Our industry has global ambitions and we are targeting more growth in more markets.”


“The Irish Whiskey Association was established in 2014 to represent the rapidly expanding Irish whiskey industry.

The 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.”

The association’s current Chairman is Colum Egan, Master Distiller at Bushmills and its Vice-Chair is David Stapleton, Managing Director at The Connacht Whiskey Company.

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