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Irish study ends whiskey terroir debate - Members' News - Week 08 - 2021

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

Welcome to GS1 Ireland's members' news for week 08 2021. Irish study ends whiskey terroir debate and an Irish start-up is among the finalists of the World Food Innovation Awards. Read on for more.

Irish study provides evidence of terroir in whiskey

Research carried out on two Irish farms provides ‘conclusive proof’ of terroir. The study examined two barley varieties grown in separate environments in counties Kildare and Wexford. The results of the study provide evidence of the existence of terroir in whiskey. Terroir is the idea that soil, microclimate and topography can influence a barley crop which, in turn, can impact the flavour of whiskey derived from it. The concept of terroir has long been accepted in relation to wine, but has been a source of much debate among whiskey experts. The peer-reviewed paper by Waterford Distillery, proves that terroir can also be found in barley, and importantly, the single malt whisky spirit distilled from it. 

This information came from the Irish Examiner.

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.

Tony Cs - "condiments for the home kitchen"

JR Games

The Saucy Cow - Range of vegan sauces

Stride Bootwear


Red City Kitchens

Dolby & Boyle Technologies

The Scratch Cook

Lockdown Brands 

New €1m innovation partnership formed to transform wound care

A new €1 million innovation partnership aimed at transforming compression wound care therapy has been announced. Researchers from the Tyndall National Institute at UCC and the Royal College of Surgeons will team up with industry partners Henkel and GS1 Ireland members, DeRoyal Global Healthcare. The group aims to improve the treatment of non-healing chronic wounds through the development of smart wound care technology. 

This information came from The Irish Times

Finalists of World Food Innovation Awards 2021 are announced

An Irish start-up has been shortlisted in three categories in the World Food Innovation Awards 2021. The Naked Collective, who make drinks such as Mude and, have been shortlisted in three categories; "Best drink concept" and "Best health or wellness drink" for Mude as well as "Best low-or-no product" for their non-alcoholic Congratulations to The Naked Collective and best of luck in the final.

Dublin's Teeling Whiskey takes home four World Whiskies Awards

Teeling Whiskey has added to their long list of awards by taking home four awards at the World Whiskies Awards last week;

  • 28-Year-Old Single Malt - Best Irish Single Malt (21 years and older)
  • Blackpitts Peated Single Malt - Best Irish Single Malt (No Age Statement)
  • Single Grain - Best Irish Single Grain
  • Stiggins' Fancy Small Batch Plantation Rum Collaboration - Best Blended Irish Whiskey Limited Release

The World Whiskies Awards is presented by and Whisky Magazine. Congratulations Teeling Whiskey on your win.


Two members feature on RTÉ Radio 1

Two members of GS1 Ireland recently featured on RTÉ Radio 1. The husband and wife team behind Kinnnegar Brewery and Tom Keogh of Keogh's Crisps both featured on RTÉ's The Business this week you can listen back by clicking the links below. Well done to Kinnegar and Keogh's.

Hops and Glory
"Husband and wife team Libby Carton and Rick LeVert took a leap of faith eight years ago when they ditched their graphic design agency to start their own brewery. Kinnegar began as a pilot facility in their back garden in Rathmullan and now produces 800,000 litres a year and exports across Europe."

A Crisp Deal
"Brexit has been a bad deal for many, but for our next guest it's been a bonus, with crisp products selling like hot potatoes. We're joined by Tom Keogh, founder and managing director of Keogh's Crisps, who have just signed a deal with the Waitrose supermarket chain in the UK."

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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