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CHEP Ireland joins the Lean and Green Programme - Members News - Week 16 - 2021

Apr 22, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 16 2021. CHEP Ireland joins the Lean and Green Programme and Kinsale Mead is the Irish Food Writers' Guild Drink of the Year. Read on for more.

Kinsale Mead wins Irish Food Writers' Guild Award

Kinsale Mead has just been announced as the Irish Food Writers' Guild Drink of the Year. Now in their 27th year, the IFWG Food Awards celebrate local producers and food heroes who produce great food and drink. For the first time in its long-established history, the traditional IFWG Food Awards ceremony and lunch featuring all the winning produce was cancelled due to COVID-19 so winners were announced online.

'It’s such a boost to get this kind of recognition and appreciation for the care we take to make the best possible Irish meads at Kinsale Mead Co.,' says Kate Dempsey co-founder. IFWG Chair, Kristin Jensen, who announced this year’s winners said, 'The past year has seen a seismic shift in how people are thinking about their food with a renewed focus on traceability, sustainability and most importantly this year, supporting local. These have been the three key tenets of the IFWG Food Awards and the work of the Guild for almost 30 years. If this pandemic has any silver lining, it is the light that has been shined on the incredible, resourceful and innovative food producers of Ireland that have responded to the challenge, giving back to communities and ensuring a continued supply of and access to the highest-quality home-grown produce.'

You can purchase Kinsale Mead from their online store.

This information came from Kinsale Mead and The Irish Food Writers' Guild.

Kinsale Mead founders with their IFWG Award

New Members this Week at GS1 Ireland

The companies below joined GS1 Ireland since our last Members News. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to the GS1 Ireland community.

Toy Chest 

Smokin Bones Production - "Smokin Bones grew from a stall at Herbert Park Barbecue festival in 2014, we now serve you the very same authentic ribs, pulled pork and brisket as you had at The Big Grill"

Ambigoose - "A dynamic range of beauty products and treatments for the consumer who wants more out of their skincare range"

Fetch Your Pet Needs - "The one-stop natural Pet shop"

BMJ Cake Supplies - "Reusable, recyclable, food-grade plastic cake tin liners"

Homemade by Sinead - "A stay at home mum with a passion for baking"

Top Oil - "Top Oil is Ireland's leading supplier of home heating oil and fuel products"

MonEir - "Irish cocktail garnish supplies"

Tribes Art House - "We don't just sell prints, we sell crystallised moments of your favourite pet, your baby’s first steps, your nursery prints, and so much more"

Healthy Bee Honey - "Healthy Bee is a natural raw honey supplier in Ireland"

Lean & Green puts CHEP Ireland on track to reduce CO2 emissions

CHEP Ireland has joined the Lean & Green Programme from GS1 Ireland. The Lean & Green Programme is specifically designed to reduce the complexity associated with CO2 footprint reduction and to help organisations on the road to independently verified, accredited and recognised CO2 emissions reductions. Faced with advancing climate change, new regulations and possible financial penalties, companies around the world are tackling head-on, the challenge of reducing their emissions in a verifiable manner. This is the aim of the Lean & Green Programme, which brings together more than 600 companies and organisations in 14 countries from across Europe with the goal of recognising and rewarding their emissions reductions in a consistent and transparent way. Joining Lean & Green puts CHEP Ireland on track to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% within five years.

Since its launch more than 60 years ago, CHEP has put environmental sustainability at the core of its business strategy. With the understanding that supply chains are the largest producer of greenhouse gases on a global scale (European Environment Agency) CHEP is keenly aware of the challenges faced by businesses responsible for production and distribution. Joining the Lean & Green Programme is the next in a series of steps for CHEP, who has been working to reduce their emissions for many years already.  CHEP now want to take a step further and evolve from reducing the negative impact to creating a net-positive impact on the planet and society. In other words, to pioneer regenerative supply chains.

Derek O’Byrne, CHEP, Country General Manager, Ireland says: “We made the decision to join Lean & Green to collaborate with other businesses that are as committed to tackling environmental challenges as we are. Cooperating with other Irish businesses and organisations in this regard allows us to have a real and verifiable positive effect on the environment in which we all live and work. We believe that sharing knowledge, working together and increasing efficiencies can have a lasting and positive effect on the natural environment while allowing us to reach and surpass our sustainability targets.”

You can find out more about this story here.


Nua Fertility wins Best Women’s Health Product award

Nua Bioma, a product from Nua Fertility, has won 'Best Women's Health Product' 2021 at this year's Irish Pharmacy OTC (over the counter) Awards. The OTC & Retail Pharmacy Product Awards 2021 identify and reward innovation in the pharmacy sector and recognise the marketing efforts of Irish-based manufacturers and distribution companies. This year the OTC & Retail Pharmacy Product Awards 2021 was held virtually, due to government restrictions. 

Deborah Brock, the founder of Nua Fertility, was motivated by her own fertility struggle to bring a ‘first of its kind’ fertility supplement to the market. The supplement, NuaBiome for Women, is a natural pre-natal fertility supplement specially developed to help support female fertility. In an interview with, Deborah says that she has plans to launch a similar supplement for men and hope to bring Nua Fertility products to a global market. 'We have started and looking for investors, so that will be a big piece of work that we are doing. We are on the cusp of going into Enterprise Ireland and getting additional support through them which is amazing and starting to sell internationally and throughout Europe. We are now in really late discussions with distributors in Australia, so we are going Global, quite big. We had global ambitions from the beginning, we have a mission to help others and we want to do that and continue to do that.'

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Leahy's Open Farm seeking permission to develop accommodation pods

Plans have been lodged with Cork County Council to develop accommodation pods at Leahy's Open Farm. The application seeks permission to develop eight accommodation pods for short-term rental, as well as an extension to the ice cream and chocolate factory at the farm. In conversation with Echo Live, Teresa Leahy, owner of Leahy's Open Farm, said that a decision is expected in May on whether permission will be granted. If it is, work will begin on the extension project this summer. The ice cream factory uses milk from the cows on the farm to produce the Leahy's Open Farm range of ice-cream. The chocolate factory allowed visitors to take part in chocolate workshops and birthday parties. The 18-acre farm is home to hens, ducks, goats, and sheep as well as a snake, a camel, an emu, alpaca and Falabella horses.

This information came from Echo Live.

Device using AI to detect colon cancer is granted FDA authorisation

Last week, Cosmo Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company headquartered in Dublin, announced the FDA approval of the GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy system, a new AI-enhanced endoscopy aid device for the detection of colorectal lesions during colonoscopy. The GI Genius module FDA approval marks a pivotal milestone for Cosmo after more than 10 years of research and investments. The device is already approved for use in Europe. The device intends to enable earlier detection of colorectal cancers by finding lesions in the colon in real-time. The GI Genius is the first device that uses artificial intelligence based on machine learning for this purpose.

This information came from Med Tech Intelligence and Cosmo Pharmaceuticals.

The Naked Collective has teamed up with the Giro d’Italia

Kildare-based healthy drinks start-up, The Naked Collective, has become an official partner of the Giro d’Italia, one of the biggest races in the cycling calendar. Niall Phelan, who co-founded The Naked Collective with Catherina Butler, said in an interview with the Sunday Times, that the deal came through its Italian distributor. As well as displaying its brand on the Giro d’Italia’s official website and promotional material, the company will hand out thousands of cans of its Mude drinks to athletes and spectators from May 8. This news comes shortly after announcing that Mude drinks will be distributed in the goodie bags at the pre-event reception at the Oscars this year.

This information came from The Sunday Times.

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Jack Harte of Harte Outdoor Lighting featured on Newstalk 

Jack Harte of Harte Outdoor Lighting spoke to Sinead Ryan on The Home Show on Newstalk this week about the lighting he has installed in places like Áras an Uachtaráin, Adare Manor and the K Club and he explained how to get the same look in your garden at home. You can listen back to the episode here on Newstalk.

That's it for this week, be sure to come back next week for more news from GS1 Ireland members around the country. If you are a GS1 Ireland member and you have some news you would like to share, please get in touch at, we would love to hear from you.

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