Yearly Archives: 2014

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18 12, 2014

More positive news for Tourism in Ireland

In an article released by The Irish Times, Failte Ireland has said the number of visitors to Ireland during 2014 are now back at pre-recession level, contributing over €3.5bn to the economy. Tourism Ireland launched its marketing plans earlier this month to promote Ireland around the world in 2015, with the aim of attracting a record 7.74m visitors to Ireland next year. Irish Hotels Federation chief executive, Tim Fenn, is calling for funding to be returned to 2012 levels at a minimum in order to maximise tourism’s growth potential going forward. The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) has called for the drinks and hospitality sectors to be adequately represented by tourism state agencies in Ireland and highlighted the importance of the sector to tourism. This was shown in Failte Ireland research which found that the Irish pub is the [...]

10 12, 2014

New whiskey stills have arrived in Dublin for Teeling’s new distillery

It's more than 125 years since new copper pot stills arrived in Dublin, but a family whiskey company is reviving the capital's distilling tradition. The Teeling Whiskey Company this week welcomed three hand-crafted copper pot stills for its new premises in Newmarket, The Liberties. It marks a milestone for the Teeling family, who are bringing whiskey production back to their ancestral roots in Dublin 8. The new distillery will be a modern revival of the Teeling distillery that thrived in the area in the 18th Century. The stills were crafted in Sienna in Italy by Frilli Impianti, which has been making distilling equipment since 1912. The traditional copper pot stills travelled 2,275km to their new home, and were assembled on-site. The 15,000 litre wash still, 10,000 litre intermediate still and 9,000 litre spirit still will be at the heart of [...]

10 12, 2014

New whiskey stills have arrived in Dublin for Teeling's new distillery

It's more than 125 years since new copper pot stills arrived in Dublin, but a family whiskey company is reviving the capital's distilling tradition. The Teeling Whiskey Company this week welcomed three hand-crafted copper pot stills for its new premises in Newmarket, The Liberties. It marks a milestone for the Teeling family, who are bringing whiskey production back to their ancestral roots in Dublin 8. The new distillery will be a modern revival of the Teeling distillery that thrived in the area in the 18th Century. The stills were crafted in Sienna in Italy by Frilli Impianti, which has been making distilling equipment since 1912. The traditional copper pot stills travelled 2,275km to their new home, and were assembled on-site. The 15,000 litre wash still, 10,000 litre intermediate still and 9,000 litre spirit still will be at the heart of [...]

2 12, 2014

IPAG Annual AGM and Meeting at the Irish Embassy, Berlin

The IPAG held its AGM at the Shamrock Irish Pub in Kassel on 17th November 2014. IPAG invited a variety of suppliers to the event who were the given a chance to showcase their products. Among the companies were upcoming Irish suppliers such as Walsh’s Whiskey Co. Carlow and Keogh’s Crisps. Other attendees included the Irish Tourist Board and Aer Lingus as well as Heineken Germany and Perplex Foods GmbH. Over 40 Publicans from all regions of Germany attended the event with many of the publicans owning more than 1 Irish Pub. The event is staged to give companies a chance to present their products and services directly to their target market. The Irish Pub serves as a mini travel agent and tourist office as well as a shop window for any Irish business looking to do business in Germany. [...]

2 12, 2014

Great news for Irish micro brewers in the craft beer market

Last month microbrewers were toasting Michael Noonan after the Finance Minister delivered a significant boost for the industry in the budget. The budget lifted the ceiling for excise relief on microbrewery production by 50pc, meaning the brewers will get a 50pc rebate of excise paid on three million litres of production rather than on two million litres. The idea, Mr Noonan said, was "to further assist the development of this sector and not to stand in the way of growth". "Microbreweries in Ireland have been a success story in recent years," Mr Noonan said. "They have expanded their market share, provided employment throughout the country, and are now making in-roads into markets abroad." A report commissioned by Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland and launched last week by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the amount of beer produced by Irish microbreweries [...]

27 11, 2014

Research finds spirit drinkers to be the mainstays of out of home drinking

Spirit-based drinks provide excellent sales opportunities for pubs and bars - but more can be done to convert consumers into the category believes UK on-trade consultancy CGA Strategy. New research into the spirits sector by the company finds spirit drinkers to be the mainstays of out-of-home drinking there with 86% of spirits drinkers going out more than once a month compared to 67% of non-spirits drinkers. CGA’s survey also finds only 19% drinking spirits between 5pm and 7pm compared to 60% between 7pm and 9pm. This could well be a factor in lower post-work sales of spirits, it states. However restaurants seem to be an area of growth and opportunity with spirits sales growing there by 2.8% in the last year. The figure is 0.7% in ‘dry-led’ pubs by comparison. “The opportunity for operators and suppliers that emerges from the [...]

21 11, 2014

Diageo releases pie-flavoured Canadian whiskey

The Piehole range, which is recommended to be consumed as a shot, comprises three flavours of Apple Pie, Cherry Pie and Pecan Pie. Each expression has been aged between four to eight years and bottled in Canada. “Many people remember that feeling you get when you first taste Grandma’s pies fresh from the oven,” commented Kristin Markovich, senior innovation manager, whiskey. “Piehole is our way of bringing that delicious memory to consumers for any fun occasion and we hope people everywhere will open their pie holes to try these three mouth-watering flavours.” Piehole Apple Pie Canadian whisky is described as offering flavours of sweet apple pie filling, baked crust with a hint of cinnamon and clove spice, while Piehole Pecan Pie is said to taste of toasted pecans with Bourbon vanilla extract, dark brown sugar and baked pie crust. Piehole Cherry [...]

21 11, 2014

The UK moves to ‘untie’ pub trade

On Tuesday night the House of Commons unexpectedly passed a measure that would give some pubs more freedom in choosing beer suppliers. About half of Britain's 50,000 pubs are "tied" - meaning they have to buy their beer from companies that own their lease above market prices, in return for other benefits. But if it becomes law, the measure passed on Tuesday would give tied pubs the option to choose between a tied agreement and a market rent only agreement that would allow them to buy beer on the open market. UK government plans had ruled out a rent-only option, citing concerns that it could hurt companies and the industry. Goodbody analyst Liam Igoe told the Irish Independent that the measure could open up opportunities for C&C. "If in time a proportion of [tied pubs], say half of those, decide [...]

21 11, 2014

The UK moves to 'untie' pub trade

On Tuesday night the House of Commons unexpectedly passed a measure that would give some pubs more freedom in choosing beer suppliers. About half of Britain's 50,000 pubs are "tied" - meaning they have to buy their beer from companies that own their lease above market prices, in return for other benefits. But if it becomes law, the measure passed on Tuesday would give tied pubs the option to choose between a tied agreement and a market rent only agreement that would allow them to buy beer on the open market. UK government plans had ruled out a rent-only option, citing concerns that it could hurt companies and the industry. Goodbody analyst Liam Igoe told the Irish Independent that the measure could open up opportunities for C&C. "If in time a proportion of [tied pubs], say half of those, decide [...]

19 11, 2014

Landmark Dublin Pub has successfully completed refinancing agreement

Dublin city centre landmark bar and restaurant The Church has successfully completed a refinancing agreement thus returning full ownership to proprietor Brendan Flynn. The outlet has also strengthened its relationship with C&C Gleeson by signing a long-term multi-beverage agreement under which C&C Gleeson will supply the business with all of its beverage requirements including its own portfolio of brands.  The Church currently employs 70 staff and is one of Dublin’s busiest bar and restaurant emporia. With a capacity of over 1,600 people, the multi-use venue includes a bar which can accommodate 600 customers, a 120-seater restaurant and a basement-level nightclub and function rooms. The Church also has an outdoor patio area with seating for 250. Given the venue’s rich history, architecture, art and literary associations, it rapidly became a ‘must see’ for visitors to Dublin City and it’s estimated that [...]