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Scrumdiddly's ice cream to hit Tesco shelves today - Members' News - Week 22 - 2021

Jun 4, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 22 2021. Scrumdiddly's ice cream to hit Tesco shelves today. Read on for more.

Distiller set to launch first Mayo whiskey for 150 years

The Connacht Distillery is delighted to announce that the First Cask of its inaugural release of Connacht Single Malt Irish Whiskey, laid down at the purpose-built distillery in Ballina in 2016, is now sold out. Connacht Whiskey Company’s first single malt went on pre-sale in December after the company raised €10 million from US investors. The first whiskey produced in Co Mayo for over 150 years is set to hit the shelves this summer. Connacht Whiskey Company, based in Ballina, is launching its first two whiskeys in June and July. This limited release is expected to yield circa. 800 collector’s edition bottles and pre-orders sold out much faster than anticipated and largely by word-of-mouth. 

This information came from Connacht Whiskey.

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.

Sunny Bakery 

West of Dingle - "We are a small artisan business based in Ballyferriter on the Dingle peninsula producing hand-harvested Sea Salt from local seawater."

Paragon Media Holdings - "Independent Record Company UK / Ireland / US"

Sicsock Online - "SicSock is a socially conscious, premium sock brand"

Huguenot Watches - "Timeless yet innovative timepieces designed for contemporary watch enthusiasts"

Siolra Foods 

JED Pharma - "We are a pharmaceutical market intermediary, professional services and advisory firm supporting local and global clients in the Irish and UK market."

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A new specialty food and coffee truck has opened in Kilkenny

A new coffee truck has opened next to the Thomastown Weir Pool, a natural outdoor public swimming pool on the River Nore. The Happy Valley Coffee Box are making use of products from lots of local Irish producers such as jersey milk by Village Dairy, hot chocolate by chocolatier Truffle Fairy, cordials by Joan and Bobs Juicy Jams, salad and veggies Riversfield Farm and more. They are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 4pm. They are sure to become a must-stop for anyone travelling around Kilkenny this summer.

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Sligo-based distillery secures a €15 million debt financing facility

Lough Gill Distillery, the makers of Athrú whiskey, have secured a €15 million debt financing facility from PNC Bank. This long-term debt financing facility will be used to fund the production of an additional 600,000 litres of pure alcohol each year at the distillery in Co. Sligo. The facility was specifically designed to support the cash flow profile of a scaling whiskey distillery and it is not due to be repaid until after the liquid has fully matured into single malt whiskey. Lough Gill Distillery also announces the launch of the Athrú Cask Reserve and has committed to reinvest a portion of these sales in rejuvenating the surrounding estate and sustainability projects.

Commenting, Lough Gill Distillery founder, David Raethorne, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this new long-term funding facility for Lough Gill Distillery from PNC Bank. Securing funding from a highly respected international lender really is a validation of the renaissance of the Irish whiskey industry in recent times. We can now take our time over producing Athrú single malt and lay it down to be enjoyed in many years’ time when it is ready and has matured into the finest Irish single malt whiskey. We’re also excited to open the doors to the innovative Athrú Cask Reserve offering access to unique single cask bottlings as well as the opportunity to become a part of our story by laying down your own personal supply of Athrú single malt.”

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Blacks launch 18-year-old single malt with Irish rum cask finish

The latest offering from Blacks of Kinsale is an 18-year-old single malt whiskey, finished in the same rum casks they used to make their spiced rum. In 2018, husband and wife duo of Sam and Maudeline Black launched Ireland’s first-ever spiced rum, Blacks Spiced Rum, made entirely in Ireland. After securing a limited amount of aged single malt that would complement the characteristics of their rum casks, Blacks started the process of maturing a single malt whiskey, the result is the first Irish whiskey finished in rum casks. There are only 563 bottles of this limited edition 18-year-old single malt available to buy. With every online purchase, Blacks are providing customers with a 20ml spirit sample. This cask strength release comes in at 56% ABV and retails at €500 per bottle which you can buy online at

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Limerick dairy supplier set to expand

A Limerick dairy supplier is set to expand after councillors approved the sale of land at the Kilmallock Business Park. At the April council meeting, members cleared the way for Dansko Foods to buy 2.32 acres at the industrial estate for €120,000. The move will see the firm expand its footprint in the area. Headquartered in Cork, Dansko Foods has two plants in Kilmallock – the other being in Sarsfield Street. In business for more than 30 years, it employs 35 people and specialises in milk and cheese production.

This information came from Limerick Leader.

Scrumdiddly's ice cream tubs to be sold in Tesco stores

From today, Tesco will be selling tubs of Scrumdiddly's ice-cream. The ice-cream will come in three flavours; Cookielicious, Hazelnut Brownie and Melted Cookies. The  tubs will cost €4.95 each and will be on sale in selected Tesco and Tesco Express stores from today, just in time for the bank holiday weekend. Scrumdiddly's will continue to serve their signature ice-cream, toppings and sauces at their branches in Dun Laoghaire, Donabate, Kilkenny and Galway. 

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Rye River Brewery sees profitability increase despite difficult year

Irish craft beer brewery Rye River Brewing Company reported an increase in revenue and profits in 2020, despite a “challenging” year. Total revenue grew by 12pc year-on-year to €7.1m, according to a statement from the group. Rye River saw sales of its products in shops and off-licenses in Ireland increase 65pc last year, as the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in temporary closures of pubs and restaurants in 2020. Brands such as McGargles, Rye River Seasonal, Solas, Grafters and Crafty Brewing Company performed strongly which counterbalanced the reduction in on-trade volumes and the fall in exports. Rye River, which employs 56 people, also won 30 awards at the 2020 World Beer Awards. Among the WBA accolades were “most decorated brewery in the World” and “Best Stout in the World” award for its McGargles Export Stout.

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McAllister Distillers to take on 20 new staff by 2024

McAllister Distillers says it plans to hire 20 staff within the next three years as building gets underway on its new distillery in Ahascragh in Co. Galway. Construction has already finished on The Old Mill Shop & Café, which will open next week. McAllister Distillers was established in 2018 by the husband-and-wife team, Gareth and Michelle McAllister. The project to renovate the old Ahascragh Mill - which dates back to the early 1800s and processed grain into flour until the 1950s - will see 30 people employed in the construction phase. The company says that the distillery will also support a further 60-70 indirect jobs through local supply chains.

This information came from RTÉ.ie.

Pre-tax profits double at Co. Meath based Lir Chocolates

Pre-tax profits at Lir Chocolates more than doubled to €1.04m in 2020. Figures show that the UK remains the company’s strongest market. The company’s rest of world revenues increased marginally from €4.83m to €4.9m. The directors said that this year, Lir management will continue to focus on improving sales and profitability. 

This information came from RTÉ.ie.

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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