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A Dragon's Den deal for a new Irish company - Members' News - Week 23 - 2021

Jun 11, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 23 2021. A Dragon's Den deal for a new Irish company and a Dublin brand is named Supreme Champion. Read on for more.

GS1 Ireland member secure Dragons' Den deal for their innovative baby changing mat

Husband-and-wife team, James and Aileen McCauley recently appeared on the UK's Dragon's Den and successfully pitched their idea for their baby product, The Wriggler. The Wriggler is a portable baby changing mat which is designed for babies who wriggle during nappy changes. The mat looks like a teddy and has straps to secure the baby during changes. The entrepreneurs were looking for an investment of £50k for a 25% stake in The Wriggler. During their pitch, they used a baby doll to demonstrate how the product works. In the end, they accepted an offer of £50k for a 35% stake in the business from Sara Davies, a mum of young kids with experience bringing craft products to the market. The Wriggler costs €39.99 and can be purchased from their website. Congratulations to James and Aileen.

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.

Chamber Spirits Ireland - "Independent bottlers of premium sherry influenced Irish single malts, blends and aged whiskeys"

Hurst Botanicals

Gardenworld Nurseries - "We're passionate about plants and proudly boast one or Europe’s most comprehensive wholesale inventories"

New packaging for Clonakilty Blackpudding and Whitepudding

Clonakilty Food Company has launched their new packaging for their Clonakilty Blackpudding and Clonakilty Whitepudding. The label features the butcher shop bike, which represents the family butcher shop, Edward Twomey, then called Harrington’s, where the Clonakilty story began in the 1880s. Clonakilty black and white pudding is still made with the original Clonakilty Spices, which is a secret family recipe handed down through the generations and is known only to Clonakilty Food Co. owner Colette Twomey. Clonakilty Blackpudding is made with Irish beef, onions, pinhead oatmeal from Flahavan’s and the secret blend of spices. The packaging may have had an update but the taste and quality remain the same as it always has been.

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Rívesci is chosen for Virgin Media’s Backing Business initiative

Virgin Media’s Backing Business initiative has chosen Rívesci as one of its five Munster-based businesses to undergo a complete digital transformation worth €100,000. Rívesci produces award-winning condiments such as their popular Chilli Cashew Crush which has a cult following among foodies in Ireland. The aim of the initiative, which launched in May, is to identify and support businesses from across the region and to help them benefit from new online consumer spending patterns and raise their eCommerce offering to the next level. The five selected businesses will get a share of the overall €100,000 in support and will also benefit hugely from the expertise and insights of each of the Virgin Media Backing Business partners including Virgin Media Business, Shopify agency Milk Bottle Labs, Digital Business Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices and Permanent TSB.  

This information came from Tipperary Live.

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Food producers featured on new web series from RTÉ

A new web series by RTÉ features Randy Lewis, a Canadian chef and travel enthusiast, travelling in a VW Campervan visiting a dozen food businesses over six counties. In episode three of Randaddy's East Ireland Adventure, Randy visits Clashganny Organic Farm in Co. Waterford where they grow the oats for Flahavan's porridge, the rapeseed for Second Nature Oils and apples for their own brand of juice and apple cider vinegar. Randy then visits the medieval city to learn about Kilkenny Castle before finally setting up camp for the night at Ballykeefe Farm & Distillery where he cooks up a feast with some of the ingredients gathered along the way. You can watch the series on RTÉ.ie or Randaddys Facebook page.

This information came from RTÉ.ie.

Keogh’s Crisps accumulated €1.2m in pre-pandemic profits

The latest accounts show that accumulated profits at Keogh’s Crisps had risen to €1.2 million before the pandemic hit, with the company’s directors saying it had performed strongly through the subsequent lockdowns. The crisp company saw assets rise from €2.8m to €3.2m in the year to end of March 2020. The business was founded in 2011 by the Keogh family in north Co. Dublin who have been producing potatoes in the area for 200 years.

This information came from Business Post.

White Claw Hard Seltzer named Supreme Brand Champion

The magazine, The Spirits Business, has named White Claw Hard Seltzer as its Supreme Brand Champion for 2021. Since its launch in 2016, the company has enjoyed phenomenal success, witnessing triple‐digit growth every year. It sold 58.5 million nine‐litre cases in 2020. The judges also awarded the Gold Hard Seltzer Master Medal to White Claw’s Mango and Black Cherry flavours for its "taste, aroma, mouthfeel and overall quality". Ireland is the birthplace of White Claw, as the brand was originally created in Dublin by Mark Anthony Brands International. Since its launch into the US in 2016, White Claw has expanded into Canada, the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands and Australia, with plans for further expansion in European markets in 2021. The brand has become a cultural phenomenon with fans generating over 4bn impressions and 46 times more social media mentions than competing brands in the USA. 

This information came from and The Spirits Business.

Leahy's Open Farm ice cream hits Aldi's shelves in the coming days

Four thousand tubs Leahys Open Farm ice cream went on sale in Aldi stores last week. The chocolate and honeycomb ice-cream went on sale in 28 stores alongside products from over fifty other producers from around the country as part of Aldi’s Grow with Aldi supplier development programme. The ice-cream is made from milk supplied by two local dairy farms. The farm itself reopened to the public on April 26 after long periods of closure due to Covid-19 restrictions. The 18-acre farm, which opened to the public in 1996, is home to an array of farm animals, including hens, ducks, goats, and sheep. Exotic animals living on the farm include a snake, a camel, an emu, alpaca and Fallabella horses.

This information came from Echo Live.

HealthBeacon to create 100 new jobs

HealthBeacon is to triple its workforce after agreeing on a multi-million dollar distribution deal with North American home appliances company, Hamilton Beach Brands. The Irish digital therapeutics company has developed a smart solution to help patients adhere to their injectable medication schedule. The company plans to create 100 new roles over the next two years in Dublin and Boston, largely as a result of the new deal. HealthBeacon, which currently employs 50 people, is to roll out its smart injection care management system across the US and Canada later this year under the Hamilton Beach name. Founded in 2013, HealthBeacon has raised €18million to date with a number of international investors.

This information came from The Irish Times.

Teeling Distillery unveils lego scale model 

To celebrate Teeling's 6th birthday this weekend, the company commissioned a scale model of the iconic distillery by Gianni at Dublin Bricks. The finished model is made of 4,173 lego bricks and is now on show at the Exhibition space where it can be seen by guests on a tour of the distillery. The facility has recently reopened for self-guided tours which take place Thursday to Sunday, pre-booking is essential. To mark the return of in-person tours, all visitors receive a complimentary celebratory Teddy’s whipped ice cream which is now being served from its Phoenix Café. 

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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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