Three Irish gin producers are to be listed this week for sale by LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario), which retails and distributes alcoholic beverages in Ontario, Canada.
In a statement the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) explained that Ontario is the largest controlled market for alcohol sales in the world and LCBO is the largest buyer of alcohol in the world.
The three Irish Gins to be listed in LCBO are: Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin; Galway Gin and Glendalough Gin.
The news follows a successful trade mission to Canada last year, led by Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food & The Marine.
During the trade mission, Minister Creed, at the request of ABFI, asked the President of LCBO to consider listing Irish gin, which resulted in the largest buyer of alcohol in the world to run the first-ever competitive process to select Irish gin for listing in their stores.
“Following last year’s successful trade mission to Canada and significant engagement by ABFI, the listing of Irish gin by LCBO will see Canada opening up as another key market for Irish gin producers,” said Patricia Callan, director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI).
The ABFI joined the trade mission which focused on increasing exports of Irish drinks categories to Canada following the completion of the new trade deal between the EU and Canada, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
The CETA agreement removed the remaining tariffs on Irish gin entering Canada.
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