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Is there something wrong with C&C Group? - comment 5 Jun 2020

Forgive my patronising tone, but I'm worried about you. I'm talking to C&C Group, who despite posting a lift in full-year sales earlier this week, looks precariously-placed to weather the current - and future - choppy waters. And, as companies everywhere work to line up their ducks in a row to survive the coronavirus pandemic and its wider impact, I'm worried that some of your ducks may be dying - or dead.

Behind the scenes at Quintessential Brands' The Dublin Liberties Distillery – Focus 21 Feb 2019

Yesterday, the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Simon Coveney, closed the door on the third still at Quintessential Brands' The Dublin Liberties Distillery. Spirit for Irish whiskey, which is traditionally triple distilled, can now start to be produced at the new site. Deputy editor Lucy Britner took a tour with Darryl McNally, director of Irish whiskey and also master distiller at The Dublin Liberties.

The conscious uncoupling of Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno - Focus 29 Jan 2019

Like most relationships, the early days were the best for Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno. Back in the more innocent times of 2013, the two family-run spirits companies skipped through the shamrock, singing of their Irish whiskey joint-venture. In less than six years, however, the divorce is complete.

As Irish whiskey comes of age, so do its challenges - Focus 8 Nov 2017

It takes three years and a day for a whiskey in Ireland to mature long enough to be officially categorised as an Irish whiskey.

Do you buy the Wild Geese, Pernod Ricard conspiracy theory? - Editor's Viewpoint 19 Jul 2016

In our coverage of the legal ruling in favour of Irish whiskey brand The Wild Geese in Australia yesterday, I sensed a conspiracy theory of pretty impressive proportions. Could the dominant player in the Irish whiskey sector really have been looking to ride roughshod over one of its much smaller competitors?

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EU excise revision fails to address gap between spirits and beer - trade association 29 Jun 2020

Craft spirits companies in the European Union will be at a continued disadvantage to their brewing cousins, a trade organisation has warned, despite recently-proposed changes to excise duty legislation.

Darker Still Spirits Co's Black Irish stout-infused Irish whiskey - Product Launch 11 Jun 2020

Dublin's Darker Still Spirits Co has unveiled a stout-infused Irish whiskey for its home market and across the water in the UK.

Irish Distillers recruits internally for Jameson master distiller, appoints Kevin O'Gorman 10 Jun 2020

Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers unit has announced a change of master distiller at its Midleton Distillery.

C&C Group fiscal-2020 - Sales up 7.8%, cider squeezed in US by hard seltzer - results data 3 Jun 2020

C&C Group is bracing itself for a torrid start to its current fiscal year, as sales in the on-premise channel since March have dropped to zero.

Waterford Distillery releases first 'single-farm' Irish whiskies 3 Jun 2020

Waterford Distillery, the Irish whisky distillery started by former Bruichladdich CEO Mark Reynier, has launched its first two expressions.

Teeling Whiskey's 28 Year Old Single Malt - Product Launch 28 May 2020

Teeling Whiskey, which is minority-owned by Bacardi, has launched a new limited-edition Irish whiskey.

Pernod Ricard’s Redbreast Dream Cask Ruby Port Edition - Product Launch 18 May 2020

Pernod Ricard has lined up the third in the Dream Cask limited edition line from its Redbreast Irish whiskey brand.

Call for brand ambassador funding to "reboot" key Irish spirits markets 15 May 2020

The trade association for Ireland's alcohol industry has called on the country's Government to fund graduate brand ambassadors as "boots on the ground" to boost coronavirus-hit Irish whiskey sales.

Intrepid Spirits takes control of Regal Rogue vermouth 14 May 2020

Irish spirits company Intrepid Spirits has bought a majority stake in Australian vermouth producer Regal Rogue.

Walsh Whiskey sets sights on Asia with market debuts and distribution revamp 28 Apr 2020

Walsh Whiskey has secured a raft of distribution partners as the Irish whiskey company readies the wider expansion of its two brands in Asia.