Irish gin producers will be celebrating this World Gin Day this Saturday 9th June, as new CSO figures reveal that the value of Irish gin exports grew by a whopping 433% in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the first quarter of 2017.

In the first quarter of 2018, exports of Irish gin were valued at €935,000, compared to just €175,000 in the first quarter of 2017.

The figures show that half of this value came from exports to the US, with a further quarter from exports to the UK. There were also shipments of Irish Gin to both Japan and Mexico in the first quarter of 2018, which are both increasingly important new markets for Irish spirits.

Speaking ahead of World Gin Day this Saturday, William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Spirits Association said “The gin revolution, which has grown in Ireland and the UK over the past 18 months, is now going global. There is huge potential for Irish gin producers to expand even further, as the industry shifts its focus to international markets. The rapid surge in Irish gin exports in the first quarter of 2018 marks only the start of what we believe will be sustained export growth.”

Irish gin producers will be marking World Gin Day this Saturday the 9th of June with a range of events taking place around the country and in the UK, including the Latin Quarter Gin Fest in Galway, the Belfast Gin Fest and Junipalooza in London. Irish gin producers will be represented at all three events.