Donegal’s drinks industry is at the center of major US trade mission – Donegal Daily


Donegal’s booming beverage sector took center stage during a recent trade mission to the United States, led by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue.

Minister McConalogue recently sent a Bord Bia trade mission to the United States to boost sales of Irish food and drink products in the United States.

America is Ireland’s second largest food and drink export market with over €1.3 billion worth of product exported across the Atlantic in 2021.

During the trip, which also saw the long-awaited opening of mutton access to the United States, Minister McConalogue launched the new liquor campaign – the Spirit of Ireland – in Ohio .

There was a distinct Donegal flavor to the event with none other than Raphoe man Johnny Harte (pictured above), co-founder of the Five Farms Cream Liqueur brand, on hand to tell the fascinating story of the origin behind the hit drink.

Washington – 04/27/22 – Visit to DC by Charlie McConalogue,
Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine. Credit: Marty Katz/ linked from

Meanwhile, at an event at the US Ambassador’s residence in Washington DC, Sliabh Liag Distillers Ardara’s popular Silkie whiskey was sampled by some of the biggest names in the Irish American community.

US Ambassador Dan Mulhall joined Minister McConalogue to pay tribute to the success of the brand and Silkie proved to be a big hit on the evening.

Minister McConalogue commented: “It was great to see such wonderful representation of the people and brands of Donegal on my trade mission to the United States. Congratulations to them on their success. »

Donegal’s beverage industry is at the center of a major US trade mission was last modified: May 17, 2022 by Personal editor


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