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The Sligo Food Trail celebrates a milestone birthday - Members' News - Week 18 - 2021

May 7, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 18 2021. A Cork ice-cream company wins a big Tesco contract and The Sligo Food Trail celebrates a milestone birthday. Read on for more.

€1.4 million Tesco contract for Fermoy ice cream company

Fermoy’s Silver Pail Dairy has entered into a €1.4 million contract with Tesco Ireland to produce their own-label range of ice creams. There will be additions to the range including an extra 20 product lines of tubs, blocks and pint-sized portions of ice creams in a range of flavours. Congratulations to Silver Pail Dairy on their success.

This information came from Avondhu Press.

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.

John Hanly & Company - "Makers of 100% Irish designed woven scarves, throws and fabrics in wool, cashmere, lambswool, mohair and natural fibres."

Glendara Art - "Tim Moloney's landscape and seascape paintings possess an acute sense of the beauty of the Irish landscape."

Linndi Ecommerce

Kellys Meat Store - "Award-Winning Retail & Wholesale Butchers"

Aquila Bioscience - "Aquila Bioscience is developing innovative technologies to manage infectious diseases, including COVID-19"

Nakosite-USA - "Nakosite Shop is all about creating and manufacturing quality products at affordable prices"

Waxies Firelighters - "The simple to use Firelighter that burns for over 20 mins"

The Sugar Loaf Beverage Company

Wash Chemicals

Marrinan Importers - "Environmentally friendly water-based resin hard foam for gardening and landscaping."

The Burren Butcher - "The Best Quality Meats, delivered direct to your door."

Irish buildings tech company IFS to create 100 jobs

An Irish buildings technology company is to create 100 jobs by the end of 2024 after securing a €2m investment. Integrated Facilities Solutions (IFS), a GS1 Ireland Platinum Partner, was founded 22 years ago by Kieran Beggan and George Harold and they are now aiming to expand into Europe and the United States. The company’s software platform, which is aimed at design, construction and facilities management teams, provides a secure environment for managing information related to planning and design, construction and handover, and operations and maintenance. Its services have been used on a number of landmark projects including the Aviva Stadium and Dundrum Town Centre. IFS customers include Bank of Ireland, Dublin Zoo and UCD. The company secured the investment through the Davy EIIS fund, a joint venture between BDO and Davy. They aim to double revenue and headcount by the end of 2021. In conversation with The Irish Times, Mr George Harold said that "the buildings industry has lagged behind other sectors in terms of digital transformation, with many documents still paper-based. This is now changing, however, as property owners demand more visibility on assets they own and manage."

This information came from The Irish Times.

Kinsale Spirits raises over €80,000 from NFT auction

Last week we reported that a Cork company was making history by being the first to sell a whiskey cask on the NFT (a non-fungible token) platform, OpenSea.  The auction took place on Friday 30 April and Kinsale Spirits raised just over €80,000 from the sale. The funds will go towards establishing a new distillery near Summercove. The company is currently confirming planning permission for the new distillery which will produce about 30,000 bottles a year once fully operational.

This information came from The Irish Times and The Irish Examiner.

Sligo Food Trail celebrates 5 Years

The Sligo Food Trail is celebrating its fifth birthday this year with a commemorative video entitled ‘a tasty trip around five years of Sligo Food Trail’, as well as a series of online events showcasing some of the trail’s members. Online tastings, demonstrations, recipes and Zoom events will run from Tuesday 4th – Friday 14th May showcasing some of Sligo Food Trail’s members. On Thursday evening, Dave Raethorne and Ollie Alcorn (head distiller) of Lough Gill Distillery will present a virtual tour of their distillery in Hazelwood combined with an Athrú Whiskey tasting. The project is funded by CEDRA, Dept. of Agriculture and supported by Sligo Tourism. Registration is required for the live events. See for details.

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Airfield Estate to send out 400 wool packs to young knitters

Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, recently announced details of Cruinniú na nÓg 2021, a day of free creative activity for children and young people under the age of 18. Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 is a collaboration between the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities and RTÉ and is the only event of its kind in the world. As part of the initiative, Airfield Estate will send out 400 packs of wool from their own flock of Jacob’s sheep to young knitters around the country in order to foster a long term love of craft making and sustainability.

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West Cork distillery launches vodka made with local cows' milk

The Scully's Clonakilty Distillery has launched an Irish vodka in addition to its whiskey and gin lines. Minke Vodka is described by Scully's as a "smooth and sophisticated spirit", and it is derived from milk from the cows on the 9th generation family farm. The vodka is distilled from whey alcohol in the distillery's copper pot sill, which in itself is unique as most vodkas are produced from grain. The group says, "The luxuriously smooth vodka can be sipped easily or enjoyed over ice with a splash of tonic and a wedge of lime. Elegant and refined, Minke Vodka is perfect in a cocktail. The signature smoothness imparts its velvety mouthfeel and texture to any creative concoction. Without overpowering the other flavours, the vodka simply compliments them, adding a silky sensation with every sip."

This information came from Cork Beo.

The Naked Collective raises nearly €1.9 million through crowdfunding 

The Naked Collective has secured nearly €1.9 million through its crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. The campaign was launched with the aim of raising €1.5 million but has exceeded that by nearly €400,000, with over 300 investors contributing. The Naked Collective is a carbon-neutral start-up beverage company based in Co. Kildare and makes drinks made with plants, vitamins, and water. Funds from the Crowdcube round will be used to continue the growth and development of The Naked Collective’s products. The funding round is set to close by the 12th of May.

This information came from CrowdFund Insider.

100,000th bottle of Kinsale Gin sold

Shopper Claire McLaughlin was the lucky purchaser of the 100,000th bottle of Kinsale Gin. As a thank you, Kinsale Spirit Co., are treating Claire to a weekend away in Kinsale with a meal from Fishy Fishy, chocolates from Koko’s, and of course, the small-batch premium Kinsale Gin. Kinsale Gin is made using 21 hand-picked local botanicals and is available to buy from the Kinsale Spirit Co. website.

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Stillgarden Distillery opens bottle rebate scheme

Dublin 8-based Stillgarden Distillery has launched the "D8 Rebate", a bottle return scheme that encourages customers to return empty bottles to the distillery. As part of the scheme, customers can return a Stillgarden glass bottle with a stopper to the distillery shop and get €2 off their next purchase or they can return ten empty Stillgarden drinks pouches to get 1 free 500ml Stillgarden pouch of drink. Stillgarden has recently added a new 500ml glass-free drink pouch option to their distillery shop and website to reduce their packaging. The new flexible pouches reduce the overall shipping weight by 67.5% compared to glass bottles, resulting in less transport emissions. The new Stillgarden pouches weigh 42% less than the plastic stopper on the glass bottle, which means a lower volume of plastic waste. It’s also allowed Stillgarden to cut down on the packaging required to protect the product to 0% when compared to glass bottles. 

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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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