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An Irish drink makes it to the Oscars - Members' News - Week 15 - 2021

Apr 16, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland's members' news for week 15 2021. An Irish drink makes it to the Oscars and a hemp start-up receives a multi-million euro investment. Read on for more.

W.D. O’Connell Whiskey release 10-Year-Old Single Grain

W.D. O’Connell has released a new 10-year-old single grain whiskey, in a small batch release of just 600 bottles. The launch marks the beginning of a new single grain series from the company, starting off with a Bourbon & Rye release. This release was distilled in Cooley and matured in ex-bourbon casks for 10 - 12 years before being part finished in ex-rye casks. It is described by the brand as 'rich, full-bodied grain whiskey with the distinct vanilla, caramel & honey notes of a grain with a vibrant oak spice finish'. 

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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.

Aidan Doherty Transport - "Road haulage company servicing the Irish and U.K. road transport market"

The PCOS Tea - "The PCOS Tea has been specifically formulated in Germany to help women with the most common symptoms of PCOS"

deDANU - "All natural, organic, multi-purpose skincare."

Vinehall - "Specialist Conference, Exhibition and Event Production Company."

Bio-tiful Dairy EU - "We produce cultured Kefir Dairy drinks and snacks using British milk and the ancient method of fermentation"

NEUU Seaweed Skincare - "NEUÚ Skincare uses its seaweed oil extract combined with natural ingredients to reduce redness and repair skin"

HL Commodity Foods (Manufacturing) - "H L Commodity Foods is a leading supplier of Cheese, Butter, Liquid Cheese, Liquid Egg, Natural Cheese Flavour and other specialist dairy ingredients throughout Ireland and UK, Europe and USA."

Irish start-up Ostoform strikes distribution deal in the US

Ostoform, an Ireland-based start-up, and Medline, a US manufacturer and distributor of medical products, have joined forces for the launch of a range of ostomy barrier rings in the US. Ostoform developed a  device for stoma users to help direct the flow of stoma output away from the skin and into the ostomy pouch, ensuring that the surrounding skin stays healthy. As three clinical studies have successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of the 'Ostoform Seal with FlowAssist Protection' and with the company securing FDA approval, Medline will begin distributing Ostoform products across the US.

This information came from MedTech News.

Investment of over €4million for Irish hemp start-up

An Irish start-up has raised €4.5 million in investment to provide loans to farmers in Ireland and across the world to encourage them to grow hemp. Founded by Paul Walsh and Mark Canavan, Meath-based Greenheart CBD, manufactures a range of organic cannabidiol (CBD) products. Farmers will be able to sign up for a package that allows them to start growing hemp immediately. As well as seeds, they get a drone and other technology that allows them to produce high yield, high-quality crops. Greenheart will then buy the crop from them for use in their products. 

This information came from The Irish Times.

Irish company’s Mude drink to be included in Oscars goodie bag

Drink made by Irish start-up, The Naked Collective, will be included in the goodie bag that will be given to attendees at the main pre-event for this year’s Academy Awards. This could provide a huge sales boost for the company, if the stars choose to promote it on their social media. The goodie bags have become an important part of the event with brands vying with each other to be included. The estimated value of the goodies given to Oscar nominees last year was $225,000.

This information came from The Irish Times.

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Stillgarden to host virtual collage and cocktails event

Dublin's Stillgarden Distillery is set to host a 'Collage & Cocktails' virtual event on Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm with artist Sorcha O'Higgins. The three-hour virtual workshop will be accompanied by Stillgarden’s community-sourced Social Gin (200ml), 2 mixers and garnishes to make 4 of your own Tom Collins cocktails (€50 total) OR two 200ml Stillgarden signature 'ready-to-pour' cocktails, each 200ml bottles serves 2 cocktails, (€60 total) to enjoy as you work on your masterpiece. Each cocktail pack will also include a packet of seeds, two Stillgarden glasses and two garden tour tickets. To find out more or to book see the Stillgarden website

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Lidl launch low-calorie ice cream range made by Silver Pail Dairy

Lidl have launched a brand new range of low-calorie, high protein ice-cream at affordable prices. The range is made exclusively for the Lidl by Silver Pail Dairy based in Co. Cork and comes in three flavours; chocolate, peanut butter and salted caramel. 

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Stong Roots US business growing rapidly

Irish frozen food company, Strong Roots, stated, in an interview with the Irish Independent, that its US business is growing at 'over 100pc' as it makes progress to meet and possibly exceed its target of €100m in revenue by 2023. In 2019, the company, which is best known for its frozen plant-based burgers and bites, secured €15.36m in its Series A funding round to support growth in the US, UK and Ireland. Congratulations to Strong Roots on their massive international success.

This information came from The Irish Independent.

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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