The Irish drinks industry is highlighting the importance of the US market for exports from the sector.
Bord Bia figures indicate that in 2021 51% of Irish drinks exports went to the US.
“Our country’s drinks brands are a pivotal part of Ireland’s famous food and drinks offering,” points out Drinks Ireland in marking Independence Day.
The US remains the biggest export market for Irish spirits, valued at €561 million in 2021.
Irish whiskey did most of the driving but Irish Cream Liqueur is also hugely popular in the US while Irish gin has been carving a niche for itself too.
Elsewhere, after the UK, the US was the second-biggest export destination for Irish beer and cider last year.
Irish beer exports to the US in 2021 were valued at €49 million and €8.4 million for Irish cider.
“Irish drinks producers take great pride in creating quality products that are renowned the world over” said the Director of Drinks Ireland|Spirits Vincent McGovern, “and the US is a key destination for our spirits, beer and cider exports, which is very positive to see.
“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.”