Thursday, February 14 11:56:04
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard today said that 2012 was another strong year for its flagship Irish whiskey with over four million cases sold worldwide.
Anna Malmhake, Chairman and CEO, commenting on the performance of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard for the first six months of this fiscal year, said Jameson is now in its twenty-fourth consecutive year of growth and is experiencing double-digit growth in 41 markets.
"With sales of over 4 million cases achieved in calendar year 2012, we are confident that Jameson will reach its next identified milestone of 5 million cases by early 2014," she said.
Jameson performed strongly for the first six months of the fiscal year with 13pc sales growth and 7pc volume growth.
In the USA, with a growth of 24pc, Jameson was the main driver in Pernod Ricard's strong North American performance and with Martell, Jameson is the key driver of Pernod Ricard's overall strong performance.
"The E100 million investment we announced in the expansion of our distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork was a key milestone for the company in 2012. Progress is well advanced in the construction of the modernised distillery facility and we are on track to open this in the months ahead. We are proud to play our role in the Irish drinks industry, which is a hugely important part of the Irish economy with annual exports of almost E1.3 billion, a value added contribution of E2 billion to the economy, and a tax contribution of E1.8 billion by consumers. As one of Ireland's most successful exports, Jameson is playing its role in the export led recovery of the economy," said Ms Malmhake.