Saturday 22 July 2017

Patricia Callan appointed director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland

Ellie Donnelly

Patricia Callan has been appointed to the role of director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, and will take up the position immediately.

Prior to this Callan was a director of the Small Firms Association (SFA) for over ten years.

“I am delighted to be appointed director of ABFI at what is an exciting and challenging time for the sector which supports over 200,000 jobs around the country with an annual wage bill of €4bn,” Callan said.

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“The drinks industry is the export powerhouse in the agri-food sector with exports to 130 countries valued at €1.4m annually. Irish whiskey is now the fastest growing global spirits category and over €1bn will be invested in Irish whiskey distillery projects between 2010 and 2025. However, the industry faces considerable challenges in the form a hard Brexit and measures proposed in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, both of which threaten the sector’s ability to grow and thrive”, said Callan.

"I wish Patricia every success in her role as the Director of ABFI and look forward to working with her,” Oliver Loomes, chair of ABFI and country director of Diageo Ireland said.

Callan holds a Masters in International Studies from the University of Limerick, a BA (mod.) in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, a Diploma in Management from DIT, and a Diploma in Employment Law from the National College of Ireland.

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