St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday this year, a work day that could seemingly put a bit of a damper on March 17th festivities that are perhaps best enjoyed on weekends.
But saloons can take heart in a new data from Panjiva, which show that the number of recent shipments of Guinness Stout and Jameson Irish Whiskey to the United States are up smartly from last year.
A firm with offices in New York and Cambridge, Panjiva analyzes bills of lading for ships bringing goods to the United States. The technologies that Panjiva uses for that analysis were developed under the leadership of company cofounder James Psota, a computer scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Panjiva sells its data and analysis to manufacturers and suppliers.
According to Panjiva, December and January are the months when most stouts and spirits are shipped to the US for St. Patrick’s Day consumption; shipping that far in advance gives importers plenty of time to ensure that such goods arrive on the shelves of barrooms and liquor stores by mid March.
In December of last year and January of this year, 730 shipments of Guinness were shipped to the US, up about 23 percent from the same period a year earlier.
As for Jameson, there were 451 shipments from December 2013 to January 2014. That’s a nearly 77 percent increase from the 255 shipments from the year-ago period, Panjiva said.
Keep in mind that this analysis looks only at the number of shipments and not at the volume of stout and whiskey being imported.
But at first glance, it would seem that there will be no shortage of Jameson Irish Whiskey for those who wish to lift a glass to St. Patrick this year.