€1 billion export contribution to over 100 markets
62,000 Jobs
The Drink Industry makes a major contribution to the Irish economy
The Drink Industry has a central role in Irish tourism         

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Jobs, jobs, jobs

The drinks industry in Ireland accounts directly and indirectly for 62,000 jobs.

These jobs are spread across all sectors of the industry: manufacturing, supply, services and hospitality, as well as those who work directly for individual companies and businesses. These jobs are widely dispersed throughout Ireland.

This means that the drinks industry provides employment for a range of people from the barman and waitress to the production factory worker, the off-licence employee and the tourist centre guide.

At the same time, the drinks industry is undergoing a period of rapid change. The economic downturn and changes in lifestyle are impacting on our industry and these changes are accelerating.


Read more

In this section you can read the relevant research that outlines the extent of our contribution to the Irish economy, both through the numbers we employ and the amount of revenue we raise for the State through tax and export levies.

Click here to read DIGI's Drinks Market Performance 2011, April 2012 

Click here to read DIGI's International Comparisons of Irish Alcohol Taxation within the EU, July 2011

Click here to read DIGI's The Public House Sector Performance 2010, April 2011 

Click here to read DIGI's Economic Contribution of the Drinks Industry, November 2010

Click here to read DIGI's Survey of Licensed Premises 2009

Click here to read The Economic Contribution of the Drinks Industy, July 2008

Click here to read Purchases of Inputs by the Drinks Industry, January 2007

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