According to the Association Ireland’s beer industry makes a significant contribution to the economy, directly employing 1,064 people and contributing €424 million to the Exchequer through excise taxes in 2017.
Beer exports, by volume, rose marginally by 0.2% and were valued at €273 million in 2017, making Ireland the eighth-largest beer exporter in Europe.
The brewing sector spends €400 million purchasing goods and services in Ireland on everything from transport to agricultural products.
“The Irish brewing industry makes a vital contribution to the agricultural sector, supporting farming jobs right across the country,” said Keith Fagan, Country Manager of Molson Coors Ireland and Chair of the Irish Brewers Association, “As the industry continues to grow and eye new export opportunities, we hope that this contribution will continue to grow in the coming years.
“Furthermore, the commitments being made by Irish drinks producers under Bord Bia’s Origin Green scheme means more agricultural raw materials will be sourced locally.”