The Irish Spirits Association (ISA) today (8 March) hosted a networking event for its female members, in Farrier & Draper in Dublin.
'The event was the first of its kind for the industry and was held to highlight the 'evolving and vital contribution women make to a traditionally male dominated industry and to mark International Women’s Day,' the group that represents Irish spirits said in a statement.
Speaking at the event, Patricia Callan, director of Alcohol Beverages Federation Ireland, said: “A more balanced workforce will be a crucial factor for businesses as they conquer new markets, create new products and achieve global recognition for Irish brands."
"In the past, female representation in Ireland’s spirits industry was minimal, but today women are playing a key role in shaping its future and bringing new vibrancy to the exciting sector.”
According to the ISA, spirits are now one of Ireland’s leading agri-food export categories, with €916 million in exports from the island of Ireland and a 13.8% increase in exports from the Irish Republic in 2017.
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