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Two members win spots in the Arnotts Christmas Edit - Members' News - Week 32 - 2021

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

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 32 2021. This week, two members win spots in the Arnotts Christmas Edit and a Donegal clothing company opens their first bricks-and-mortar store. Read on for more.

FitPink athleisure to open first bricks-and-mortar store in September

Since launching in 2019, FitPink, based in Co. Donegal, has become one of the best-known Irish athleisure brands and now they are set to open their first bricks and mortar store in Belfast this September. Founded by mother of four, Jenni Timony, FitPink's range of leggings, tops, hoodies and jackets are sweat-absorbent, regular wash proof and secure. The brand has signed up for a 1,354 square foot unit on the Ann Street Mall, located on the upper ground level of Belfast’s Victoria Square, owned by German Commerz Real’s real estate fund Hausinvest. The brand is strong on environmental sustainability, with packaging made from compostable material, acid-free tissue paper and eco-friendly soy-based ink in all printing.

This information came from Fashion United.

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.

Case and Covr - "Compostable phone cases"

White and Green - "Incredibly soft cotton bed sheets, towels & more"

Pure Clothing - "We are Pure Clothing, a sustainable clothing brand based in the West of Ireland."

FoodMarble Digestive Health - "The world's first personal digestive tracker and app"

Carrolls Irish Gifts - "The Bright New Home of Quality Irish Craft Gifts"

Powerscourt Distillery launches their Estate Series

Powerscourt Distillery has announced the first release in their "Estate Series" – the Mill House Limited Edition Single Grain Amarone finish Fercullen. The Fercullen’ Mill House’ Single Grain Amarone finish is a blend of single grain whiskeys produced in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Powerscourt’s Master Distiller and Blender, Noel Sweeney. This single grain Irish whiskey was initially matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, before finishing in premium Italian Amarone casks for 18 months. This allows the whiskey to achieve "a combination of grain, bourbon, oak and Amarone". Bottled at 46%, the Mill House is available for an RRP of €75. You can purchase the limited edition on their online store.

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Maud's Ice Cream opens new parlour

A new coffee house, Crema Coffee, recently opened in Market Square, Lisburn. The new business offers speciality coffee, a local art gallery, brunch, desserts and a Maud's ice cream parlour. Crema Coffee is one of twelve new businesses to open in Lisburn Castlereagh with support from the council’s Urban Investment Fund, delivered in partnership with the Department for Communities through the Covid-19 Recovery which was launched to support towns and city centres in their economic recovery.

This information came from Lisburn Today.

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Rye River Brewing Company is rebranding

Rye River Brewing Company is rebranding its core product range to reflect the brewery’s name, replacing the old "McGargles" brand name. The change will support the next stage of the brewery’s development following a year of growth in off-licence and retail sales due to the pandemic. The Rye River Brewing Company brand will replace "McGargles" on draught in pubs and will be available in a 4 x 330ml pack format in retail stores. A range of McGargles beers will remain available in retail stores in 500ml format. The on-trade brand transition took place in June and the next phase of the brand rollout will see off-licences and retailers introduce the brewery-led branding during this month.

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Jump Juice secures listing with Donnybrook Fair

Jump Juice Bars has secured a listing with speciality grocer, Donnybrook Fair, for its range of pure fruit and vegetable cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Founded in 2003 by husband-and-wife duo Claire and Charlie Scanlan, Jump Juice Bars operates in 24 locations nationwide employing over 150 staff altogether. In November last year, the brand launched its bottled range, originally sold exclusively through its own online delivery service, Jump Juice Direct. Their listing with Donnybrook Fair represents the brand’s first venture into retail. Donnybrook Fair's Morehampton Road and Malahide branches will carry the brand’s three signature smoothies including their popular Mango Smoothie (mango, orange, apple and pineapple), their Berry Smoothie (mixed berries, apples, oranges and bananas) and their classic Strawberry Smoothie (strawberries, bananas, grapes and orange). The retail range will also include their Green Juice (cucumber, apple, spinach, kale and wheatgrass), Citrus Twist (strawberries, orange, lemon and pineapple) and their Fruity Juice, (strawberries, apples, pears and grapes). 

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Two GS1 Ireland members win spots in the Christmas Edit at Arnotts

Irish startups Orca Board and Pure Clothing have secured spots in the Arnotts Christmas Edit through their Pitch 21 programme. Since April of this year, hundreds of entrepreneurs from across the country have applied for the competition which invited Irish start-ups to pitch for an opportunity to retail their product in Ireland’s iconic department store, with the chance of winning a €10,000 business development fund to grow their business. The aim of the programme is to support Irish designers, creators and entrepreneurs across a wide range of sectors; fashion, beauty, lifestyle, home and technology. Hundreds of applications were reviewed and shortlisted to five finalists by an expert judging panel including Brown Thomas Arnotts Director of Innovation and Enterprise Audrey Owens, Brown Thomas Arnotts Buying Director for Home & Living Rachel Morgans and Brown Thomas Arnotts Creative Director John Redmond. They were joined by co-founder of the Irish jewellery brand JUVI Designs, Vincent Tynan and creators of the hugely successful wellness brand ‘The Head Plan’, Denise Kenny Byrne and Ciaran Byrne. 

This information came from The Mayo Advertiser.

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W.D. O’Connell releases their first Scotch whisky bottling

W.D. O’Connell Whiskey Merchants have announced the release of the Caledonian Series whisky, a new direction for the company that specialises in unique, once-off bottlings. Not only is the Lochindaal their first Scotch whisky but it's also the first available exclusively via their online store. Named after an old lighthouse, which in turn was named after the inlet on which Bruichladdich now sits, this 10-year-old single malt is a single cask release of 282 bottles at a natural cask strength of 63.1% ABV. It was distilled in 2010 at Bruichladdich Distillery and matured in ex-Bourbon casks. You can register for the new release here.

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Planners give the green light for revamp of Top Oil station

Limerick City and County Council has given the go-ahead for the redevelopment of the Top Oil fueling station on the south side of the city. The company sought planning permission to redevelop the existing filling station on Roxboro Road. The project will involve the demolition of the existing forecourt building and storage shed as well as the construction of a replacement station which will include a shop and delicatessen, staff facilities and storage facilities. Council planners gave the project the go-ahead subject to 23 conditions.

This information came from The Limerick Leader.

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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