New figures compiled by Drinks Ireland* show that drinks exports from Ireland to the US were valued at approximately €619 million in 2021.
In 2020, 51% of Irish drinks exports went to the USA, according to Bord Bia.
The US is the biggest export market for Irish spirits, which were valued at a mammoth €561 million in 2021.
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This was driven in large part by Irish whiskey, but Irish cream liqueur is also hugely popular in the US. Irish gin is also carving a niche for itself.
Elsewhere, the US was the second biggest export destination for Irish beer and cider last year, after the UK.
Exports in 2021 were valued at €49 million for Irish beer and €8.4 million for Irish cider.
Statement By Director of Drinks Ireland|Spirits
Director of Drinks Ireland|Spirits Vincent McGovern stated, "Irish drinks producers take great pride in creating quality products that are renowned the world over, 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."
*Source: CSO/Eurostat, ROI only
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