Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has released research which shows that Irish drinks exports are worth €1.4bn, with the drinks manufacturing sector exporting 45% of its total turnover.
The data comes from the 2012 Census of Industrial Production (CIP), the most comprehensive official data source on the sector, published recently by the CSO. It shows that total investment by the sector was €118.4m in 2012.
Tom Burke, Senior Executive at the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which represents alcoholic drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland said: “From the micro-breweries setting up across the country, to the larger producers creating world-renowned Irish brands, the drinks manufacturing sector makes a significant contribution to the Irish economy:
- The sector employs close to 3,500 people across the country directly, supporting thousands of job indirectly from grain to glass
- It has a wage and salary pay-out of €209.6m. The average wages and salaries amongst drinks manufacturers are the highest of the manufacturing sectors
- The sector exports 45% of its total turnover, with exports worth €1.4bn
- The manufacturing drinks sector had a total turnover value of €3.1bn, with a domestic market turnover of €1.7bn
- It makes a significant contribution to Ireland’s rural economy, with total purchases worth €1.7bn”
Tom Burke concluded: “The drinks industry employs 92,000 people, from grain to glass. We would urge the government; reverse excise, create jobs.”