Irish drinks exports to US valued at €619m in 2021

The US is the biggest export market for Irish spirits, which reached €561 million in 2021

Over 50% of Irish drinks exports destined for the US



4 July 2022 | 0

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New figures compiled by Drinks Ireland* show that drinks exports from Ireland to the US were valued at around €619 million in 2021.

To mark the 4th of July, the Irish drinks industry is highlighting the importance of the US market for exports from the sector.

In 2020, 51% of Irish drinks exports went to the USA, according to Bord Bia.

Renowned for their quality, and rich with heritage, our country’s drinks brands are a pivotal part of Ireland’s famous food and drinks offering, according to Drinks Ireland.

The US is the biggest export market for Irish spirits, which were valued at a mammoth €561 million in 2021.

This was driven in large part by Irish whiskey, but Irish cream liqueur is also hugely popular in the US. Irish gin is also carving a niche for itself.

Elsewhere, the US was the second biggest export destination for Irish beer and cider last year, after the UK.

Exports in 2021 were valued at €49 million for Irish beer and €8.4 million for Irish cider.

Vincent McGovern, director of Drinks Ireland|Spirits said exports to the US had remained resilient despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Irish drinks producers take great pride in creating quality products that are renowned the world over, and the US is a key destination for our spirits, beer and cider exports, which is very positive to see,” McGovern said.

“While heavily impacted by Covid-19, and particularly the global closure of the on-trade (pubs, restaurants, hotel bars), exports remained resilient, and producers are now focused on recovery and further growth.”

*(Source: CSO/Eurostat, ROI only)



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