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Irish whiskeys win big at an international competition - Members' News - Week 27 - 2021

Jul 1, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 27 2021. This week, Irish whiskeys win big at an international competition and an Irish inventor appears on Dragons Den. Read on for more.

Irish whiskeys win big at International Wines & Spirits Competition

The IWSC is an annual wine and spirits competition. Founded in 1969, by Anton Massel, it has grown to become the largest such competition in the world. Spirits are evaluated on a 100-point scale and awards are given out for Gold Outstanding (98-100 points), Gold (95-97 points), Silver (90-94 points) and Bronze (85-89 points). The competition employs over 250 judges, drawn from all over the world, who evaluate thousands of wines and spirits across 1,500 categories. Six Irish whiskeys won 'Gold Outstanding' medals and 12 whiskeys won Gold medals in the competition this year. Winners included GS1 Ireland members Lambay Irish WhiskeySt. Patrick’s DistilleryListoke Distillery, Powerscourt Distillery, Waterford Distillery, The Craft Irish Whiskey Company and Irish Distillers. Congratulations to all the winners.

This information came from Forbes.

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.

Trimble Designs - "Laundry Trolley Highly manoeuvrable and ideal for rough terrain and negotiating steps."

Pure Menstrual Cup - "A menstrual cup will liberate you of every worry each monthly cycle, creating an ambience of lightness and comfort you deserve."

BabyBoss - "Introducing The Twosie - the two-part baby vest enabling you to change a wet vest without removing all their clothes."

Shamrock Renewable Products

Solvotrin Therapeutics - "Solvotrin Theraputics is an Irish headquartered healthcare company committed to developing cutting edge science to address unmet clinical needs."

Lakeland Kayaks - "Lakeland Kayaks are an exciting new player in the Outdoor Sports market. Primarily setup to bring quality yet affordable kayaks to the Irish market we have recently expanded our ranges into the wider outdoor sports industry."

Eva-Tec DAC - "Eva-Tec is the largest supplier of industrial adhesives to the paper and board, graphic arts, and beverage industry in Ireland, supplying many of Ireland’s blue chip companies."


Fauna Kids - "Premium baby clothing made from GOTS certified organic cotton. Our signature prints are made from beautiful illustrations by Nadia Cruikshanks. Designed and printed in Ireland."

Founder of Nua Fertility wins Wicklow Businesswoman of the Year Award

On the 26th of June at a garden party in the Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy four individual awards were presented to outstanding female business leaders in their respective categories. The Established Business category was awarded to Deborah Brock of Nua Fertility, a pioneering Irish fertility health company that has developed scientifically sound, fertility supporting supplements with a microbiome focus. Congratulations to Deborah and to the other winners on the night.

This information came from Wicklow News.

Dublin City Brewing Tasting Club to move from Zoom into Koh Restaurant

On July 29th, Koh Restaurant on Jervis Street in Dublin 1 will be hosting an event as part of the Dublin City Brewing Company Tasting Club. Up until now, these tasting sessions have been taking place over Zoom, with tasting packs and beers from the Dublin City Brewing Co range being posted out to those taking part. But that is set to change at the end of this month at Koh, where diners will be able to enjoy a three-course meal at the award-winning Thai & Asian restaurant with each course specially paired with a different Dublin City Brewing Co beer. This will be the first 'real world' event after a number of online editions. Tickets are available priced at €140 for four people here.

This information came from Dublin Live.

Book released about the terroir of whiskey

With its beginnings in the wine industry, 'terroir' refers to how a particular region's climate, soils and terrain affect the flavour of wine. Previously, terroir was deemed not relevant to the whiskey industry as it was believed that the distillation process removed it or that cask ageing masked it. Recently, however, the existence of terroir in whiskey has finally proven with a number of academic papers being released on the subject. Master Distiller at TX Whiskey in Texas and whiskey expert Rob Arnold has written a book about his quest to understand and demonstrate that terroir is relevant to the whiskey industry. In researching his book, Arnold visited New York, Kentucky, Ireland, and Scotland which he deems, the “four headquarters of distinct styles founded on cereal and place.”

In Ireland, Rob Arnold made a stop at the Waterford Distillery, where founder Mark Reynier’s vision and passion for terroir is exceptional. Every season the distillery partners with 40 to 70 farmers; each with a distinct type of soil. They have teamed up with scientists to form the Whisky Terroir Project to show that terroir not only “exists in whiskey but that its existence is profound.” The book has many accompanying charts, tables and appendices that whiskey lovers will enjoy including a detailed whiskey terroir tasting guide. 

This information came from The Whiskey Wash.

The Naked Collective collaborates with Rita Ora

Kildare-based healthy drinks company, The Naked Collective, has teamed up with the singer Rita Ora to promote its range of Mude beverages. Last week, the pop star announced to her 16 million Instagram followers that she was collaborating with the Irish startup on a live-streamed event later in the year. The Naked Collective will be sponsoring the event and has offered people the chance to win tickets. The collaboration will continue throughout the summer, with 'exclusive prizes and more big reveals'. The partnership will culminate in a large-scale event in August or September. 

This information came from The Times.

Stillgarden Distillery reopens to the public

Stillgarden Distillery has reopened its garden terrace for outdoor dining this week. Visitors can relax on their terrace with a cocktail made with Stillgarden spirits or they also serve beer, wine and pizza from their neighbour, Rascals Brewing. Walk-ins are welcome but online booking is recommended. Their 'Garden Sessions' run from Wednesday - Sunday and include a mini-tour of our award-winning community garden and one complimentary cocktail to enjoy on their covered terrace. Click here to book a table at Stillgarden.

An Irish inventor appears on Dragons Den UK

Darren Louet-Feisser, an Irish inventor and founder of Nobu Pet Limited, recently pitched his innovative pet products to the UK dragons. Darren has invented a range of pet products such as a pet bed travel system, a hose dog brush, and the show’s “potty mouth” pooper scooper. Darren was seeking a £50,000 investment for 10% in his company and Touker Suleyman shook hands with Darren, giving him the £50,000 investment. 

This information came from Washington News Day.

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The Naked Collective makes the Food And Drink Federation awards shortlist

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the shortlist for its annual awards, which take place in person on 16 September 2021 at The Royal Lancaster, London. The nominees were chosen by an expert panel of judges. Kildare drink start-up, The Naked Collective, was shortlisted in the Brand Launch of the Year category. Congratulations to The Naked Collective!

This information came from Kam City.

Development Capital invests €12m in Spotlight Oral Care

Development Capital is set to invest €12m in Spotlight Oral Care, an Irish oral care brand founded in 2016. The €12m investment marks Development Capital's biggest investment to date and it will enable Spotlight Oral Care to further drive its expansion into Europe and the US. In 2020, the company announced an investment of €3m from Dermot Desmond's IIU Fund to assist in their expansion into the US market. Since then, the company has grown from 10 to 52 employees with employees in Ireland, the UK and the US. Spotlight Oral Care was founded in 2016 by three dentists, sisters Dr Vanessa Creaven, Dr Lisa Creaven and Dr Barry Buckley. It sells a range of products for specific consumer oral care needs both online and through retailers in Europe, the UK and the US and has a huge online following.

This information came from RTÉ.

Galway-based Vetex Medical acquired in deal worth up to €39.6m

Galway-based Vetex Medical has been acquired in a deal valued at nearly €40 million. The company was founded by Mark Bruzzi, a professor of biomedical engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway in 2015. Vetex is focused on developing an innovative clot-removing catheter. The buyer is Nasdaq-listed Surmodics, a US medical device coatings and in vitro diagnostics company. Surmodics said it expects to initiate a clinical evaluation on Vetex’s catheter next year ahead of a potential market launch.

This information came from The Irish Times.

Irish food software company Nutritics buys UK-based Ten Kites

Irish food and health software company Nutritics has acquired Ten Kites, a UK-based menu publishing platform. The Ten Kites software enables food businesses to publish customised digital menus across web pages, mobile apps and digital displays. The sale will enable Nutritics to include the Ten Kites solution in its overall offering to its customers. The combined entity currently employs 50 staff and there are plans for further recruitment. The company was founded in 2013 by brothers Damian and Ciarán O’Kelly who spotted an opportunity for a detailed and accessible database of food information for use by food businesses, nutrition and research experts.

This information came from the Independent.

Joyce’s Supermarkets partners with minimal waste store reuzi

Independent family-run supermarket chain Joyce’s Supermarkets has teamed up with reuzi, "Ireland's one-stop-shop for eco-friendly, sustainable products". Knocknacarra locals can now shop for eco-friendly and sustainable products in-store, such as reusable bottles and kitchenware to toiletries and homewares. Pat Kane, owner of reuzi, curated the products with Joyce’s customers in mind. The partnership marks a significant development for both companies and is the first time that reuzi has partnered with a supermarket chain. 

This information came from The Galway Advertiser.

Strong Roots builds on U.S. Presence with Kroger distribution deal

Strong Roots, the Irish plant-based frozen food brand with products such as Mixed Root Vegetable Fries, Broccoli & Purple Carrot Bites and Beetroot and Bean Burgers, brought its products to the U.S. in the midst of the pandemic in 2020. They are currently available in the U.S. at about 9,000 stores operated by retailers including Walmart and Whole Foods Market. Kroger is the biggest supermarket in the U.S. by revenue and Strong Roots have just secured a deal with them to supply to 1,000 supermarkets across the country. Congratulations Strong Roots!

This information came from Forbes.

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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