The latest Central Statistics Office’s (CSO) 2017 Trade Statistics report, published today, shows that Irish whiskey exports recorded a 14.2% increase in value in 2017.
Irish whiskey is the world’s fastest-growing spirits category, representing a third of the value of all Irish drinks exports. It is estimated that nearly 120 million bottles (10 million cases) were sold in 2017, worth over €600 million in exports from Ireland, up 20% from 2016.
Irish whiskey is exported to over 135 international markets. The category saw a 16.7% increase in exports to the US, its largest export market; a 15.7% increase in exports to Canada and 9.2% increase in exports across the 27 EU markets.
Commenting on the figures, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association, William Lavelle said, "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."