Pernod Ricard, the owner of Irish Distillers and Jameson whiskey, has said there is a significant concern over supplies from the UK to Europe in the event of a hard Brexit.
As reported by the Irish Examiner, Peter Morehead, the group’s operations director and Cork native, spoke at Cork Chamber’s monthly business breakfast.
He said that despite this fact, the drinks giant was confident that any Irish border issue would be resolved, but added that businesses had to assume a hard Brexit will be the outcome.
“For Irish whiskey, the UK is in our top five or six markets. So obviously we don’t want to disrupt the means of supply. We’ll take normal measures to ensure we are well stocked in the market, but I don’t think it is going to be a protracted availability or supply issue,” he told the Chamber.
“Whether it is a crash, hard Brexit or some sort of implementation period, I think things will be resolved, especially our own access to the North. For our other brands, such as our Scotch whiskey brands, getting out to Europe is a significant concern.”
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