As sweet Irish rain quenches emerald land, it bears for us barley from nature’s pure hand...

The story of sustainability in the sector is not a new one, Ireland’s drinks producers have always been at the forefront when it comes to sustainable business practices.

  • For centuries spent grain, a by-product of brewing and distilling, has been provided to farmers as a high-quality animal feed.
  • Our industry partners with Teagasc Signpost to support farmers who strive to reduce #CO2 emissions while ensuring a sustainable supply of Irish grain. 
  • Diageo Ireland have removed plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap from multipacks of products, replacing them with 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard.
  • Heineken Ireland achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark, developed by Business in the Community Ireland. Heineken Ireland has also achieved ZERO waste to landfill for their brewery in Cork.
  • Midleton Distillery in Cork is accredited to the international environmental management standard, ISO14001.
  • William Grant & Sons have invested in developing the grain-to-glass production campus which encompasses distilling, maturation, blending and bottling; and represents the largest new distillery development of the past decade.
  • Ahascragh Distillery in Co. Galway is Ireland’s first energised zero-emissions distillery. 
  • Recent developments in packaging for beer has seen producers using non-toxic glue as an adhesive for canned beer packs instead of using plastic rings.