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An Irish frozen food company gets a mention in the New York Times - Members' News - Week 04 - 2021

Jan 25, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland's members' news for week 4 2021. The finalists of the National Enterprise Awards announced and two Irish whiskeys have been named as among the most innovative of 2020. Read on for more.

Strong Roots featured in the New York Times

The Irish frozen foods company Strong Roots has been featured in the New York Times. The food writer Florence Fabricant wrote about their cauliflower hash browns and described them as "nice, modest cakes, easily heated and excellent on their own topped with a sauce or alongside some seared hake or salmon for dinner." You can read the full article here. Congratulations Strong Roots!

West Cork Distillers make a profit of nearly €5m in 2019

The company’s latest reports show that the whiskey company has had another good year, growing sales to around €34.9m in 2019, up from over €26.8m the previous year. Staffing levels have also increased at the company, with a monthly average of 79 people, up from 53 the previous year. Last month, West Cork director and co-founder O’Connell said the firm would add another 20-30 people to their staff over the next two years.

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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.

Brown & Burk IR - "an independent generic pharmaceutical company"
Vodafone Ireland - "Vodafone is Ireland's leading mobile communications operator with 2.4 million customers"
Everest Backup - "Cork Computers has been managing Business IT services since 2005"
Tiger Central Production - "traditionally made levain sourdough pizza"
Chimac "Korean fried chicken"
Glasnevin Irish Whiskey

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Sailor’s Home Releases New Irish Whiskey Range Shaped By The World

An Irish whiskey brand from Limerick called Sailor’s Home recently launched its first range of three expressions in the U.K. — The Haven, The Journey and The Horizon.  These expressions were created by distiller Dr. Jack Ó’Sé. The whiskey has an ABV of 43% and is sold at a recommended retail price of £41.95. Congratulations to Sailor's Home on their entry into the U.K. market.

Irish Spirits named as among the most innovative of 2020

Teeling Distillery and Waterford Distillery have been named as among the most innovative spirits of 2020 by The Spirits Business. 

Waterford Distillery’s The Organic: Gaia 1.1 became Ireland’s first organic whiskey on its launch. Distilled in 2016, it is made with organic Irish barley and has been certified by Ireland’s Organic Trust. 

In November, Teeling Distillery launched what is thought to be the first Irish whiskey finished in ginger beer casks. The 46% ABV product was created as part of a collaboration between Irish whiskey producer Teeling and London’s Umbrella Brewing. 

Finalists of the National Enterprise Awards announced

The finalists for the National Enterprise Awards have been announced and represent a diverse range of businesses that are supported by Local Enterprise Offices across the country. Thirty finalists were announced, with many GS1 Ireland members among them. They will compete for a prize fund totalling €50,000. The National Enterprise Awards Final will take place virtually on February 11. The very best of luck to all the finalists from everyone at GS1 Ireland.

O'Donnell's Bakery (Local Enterprise Office Donegal)

Dromod Boxty (Local Enterprise Office Leitrim)

Spoonful Botanical (Local Enterprise Office Louth) 

Velvet Cloud (Local Enterprise Office Mayo)

Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese (Local Enterprise Office Waterford)

Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland’s Beer of the Year

Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (ICBI) has announced its best beers of 2021, as voted for by the brewers who made them. Overall, 20 independent craft breweries took part in the competition and each were sent a case of cans and bottles, unmarked except for being numbered. Each entry was judged blind by their peers in the brewing industry. The overall winner was the Porterhouse Brew Co. for their Round the Clock Imperial stout. The runners up included Kinnegar for their Thumper Double IPA. Congratulations to Porterhouse Brew Co. and Kinnegar on their wins.

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.