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Landmark New Irish Whiskey Mentoring Programme

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Landmark New Irish Whiskey Mentoring Programme

Landmark New Irish Whiskey Mentoring Programme
October 21
11:47 2016

The Irish Whiskey Association has launched a landmark new mentoring programme, which will bring established global players in the Irish whiskey industry together with new entrants to the market. The aim of this unique new mentoring programme is to ensure that new entrants to the category have access to the information and support they need to produce high quality Irish whiskey that global consumers expect.

The Irish whiskey market is the fastest growing spirits category in the world and has grown by an impressive 200% in the last decade. This unique programme will see established industry leaders mentor new entrants in the market and provide them with the necessary support and guidance to ensure the success not only of their new businesses but also the future and growth of the Irish whiskey category.  The programme kicked off with a workshop hosted by the Irish Whiskey Association where industry experts from a number of companies shared their knowledge on issues such as production, health and safety, licensing requirements, branding and route to market.

IrishWhiskeyAssociationLogoThe programme will consist of three further stages and participants will be able to access a new one stop shop online portal to help them plan their business. Stages 3 and 4 will focus on active mentoring where mentor companies such as Irish Distillers and Bushmills will be paired with new entrants. These stages will involve planning, design, construction and commissioning. The last stage will focus on production, highlighting the importance of ensuring that the high quality premium nature of the category is maintained.

Miriam Mooney, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association, says: “This is a unique programme which will see industry leaders support new market entrants and showcases the collegiality amongst industry and members of the Irish Whiskey Association. The mentor companies will share information, expertise and knowledge with new entrants enabling them to plan and succeed in the Irish whiskey business whilst at the same time upholding the integrity of the brand.”

Participant in the new mentoring programme, Bernard Walsh, Chairman of the Irish Whiskey Association and CEO of Walsh Distillery, says: “The Irish whiskey industry is at a pivotal moment in its history. We know that there is huge consumer appetite for our products globally, we only have to look across the water to Scotland with 108 distilleries in operation to see what’s possible. This initiative today is very welcome and the mentor companies are to be applauded for investing their expertise in new projects, to ensure high standards are maintained. For the industry to grow and compete internationally with scotch and bourbon products we cannot compromise on quality. The advice and support of industry experts is invaluable in helping companies navigate what can be difficult and complex issues.”

David Quinn, Technical Director, Irish Distillers, comments; “Irish Distillers are delighted to be taking part in what is an industry first and we look forward to working with new entrants to the sector to provide both advice and practical support. We all share a passion for creating a quality product and are committed to the protection of this globally recognised brand.”


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