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The Lidl Kickstart Programme is back - Members' News - Week 33 - 2021

Aug 15, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 33 2021. This week, the Lidl Kickstart Programme is back and Tipperary Crystal receives an investment. Read on for more.

Renatus Capital makes investment in Tipperary Crystal

Private equity firm Renatus Capital Partners has made an investment in Tipperary Crystal. Former LinkedIn and Google senior executive John Herlihy is co-investing with Renatus and will join the advisory board along with Paul Duffy, former chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard North America. Allied Imports directors Robbie Scanlan and Stephen Scanlan will continue to lead the business. The aim of the deal, for which financial details were not disclosed, was to support Tipperary Crystal’s “exciting and pioneering future growth plans across Ireland, UK and Europe”.

This information came from The Irish Independent.

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.

Green Castle Kelp

Dogfatherz - "Irelands No.1 Dog Brand"

Lidl Kickstart Programme is back

The Lidl Kickstart Programme is back for 2021. The programme gives Irish food and drink producers the opportunity to showcase their products throughout Lidl’s 210 stores in Ireland. The promotion launched in all Lidl stores across Ireland and Northern Ireland from last Thursday and is available while stocks last. Now in its fifth year, Lidl Ireland has invested more than €6 million in the programme and backed hundred of Irish artisan suppliers. Supported by Bord Bia, the programme was designed to give small and medium-sized Irish food and drink businesses the opportunity to advance their product, brand and business with support from experts in the field. Lidl Ireland is again calling on Irish food and drink, and for the first time, non-food producers, that want to take their business to the next level to apply now for its Kickstart Supplier Development Programme 2022 at Once applications close at the end of the year, Lidl Ireland will choose a selection of suppliers to take part in the programme with their products to feature on Lidl’s shelves next summer. Some of the GS1 Ireland members taking part this year are listed below.

Blakes Always Organic 

Brehon Brewhouse

Daisy Cottage Farm

Furnace Green

Harvest Moon Foods

Velvet Cloud

Bó Rua Farm

Kinsale Bay Food Co

Maisha Coffee

MamaBear Foods

The Cultured Food Company

This information came from Cork Beo and The Leitrim Observer.

A new tool for livestock farmers is launched

A new tool has been launched to help livestock farmers. Called the “Boundary Blade”, the gadget combines a pocketknife and a fence tester for a simple but valuable pocket tool for farmers. The tool can also serve as a makeshift spanner or bolt turner. Creator of Boundary Blade Aidan Murphy has been backed by Enterprise Ireland and is currently in talks with companies in South Africa to supply the Boundary Blade as they have electric fences there for perimeter security. Aidan is also developing a second product, a knife with an SOS button that a farmer can press if he or she is working alone and gets into bother, with a GPS locator. The new products is expected to launch next year.

This information came from Agriland.

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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