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SuperValu to showcase five Food Academy producers - Members' News - Week 37 - 2021

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

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 37 2021. This week, SuperValu are to showcase five Food Academy producers and two members win awards for their wedding wares. Read on for more.

Genzyme Ireland records 50% growth in profits

Operating profits at pharma group Genzyme Ireland, one of the largest employers in the southeast, increased by 50 per cent to €65.2 million in 2020. Staff numbers at the pharma firm continued to increase last year, with headcount rising by 59 from 714 to 773. The bulk of the employment growth was in the company’s Quality, Research & Development teams. Owned by Sanofi, its products and services are focused on rare inherited disorders, kidney disease, orthopaedics, cancer, transplant and immune disease, as well as diagnostic testing. The profits secured last year resulted in the company having €731.4 million in accumulated profits at the end of December 2020.

This information came from The Irish Times.

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.

Modmo Technologies - "Modmo makes zero-emission personal transport vehicles, for fast and fluent movement around cities."

MilkBath - "Nourish your skin & boost your spirit with our bespoke blends, the finest ingredients, sustainably sourced from nature."

Fortuna Maxima - 

Bon Appetit Malahide - "Bon Appetit is a friendly, bustling neighbourhood restaurant set in a stunning Georgian House in Malahide."

Cistin na hEireann

Niamh's Larder - "Niamh's larder provides local, fresh and where possible organic vegetarian food boxes."

McKesson Global Sourcing - "As McKesson’s first Enterprise Tech Hub outside the US, we’re the key player for Cybersecurity, Software Development, Cloud Business Intelligence, End-User and Software Distribution services for our regional and global customers."

Pure Strike Golf Tees - "PureStrike is a performance golf tee."

Co. Carlow company wins Deloitte award for the fourth time

Codd Mushrooms Ltd of Co. Carlow named one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies, a programme led by Deloitte Ireland in association with Bank of Ireland. Codd Mushrooms received the Gold Standard Award, having won for the fourth consecutive year. Ireland’s Best Managed Companies Awards programme recognises excellence in Irish owned and managed companies. The Codd family have been growing mushrooms on their farm in Tullow since 1989 and have become the largest supplier of mushrooms in Ireland.

This information came from The Nationalist.

Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey receives €1.3 million investment

Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey has received a €1.3 million investment from a number of private investors as it prepares to launch in the United States. The company, founded by Louise McGuane, bonds whiskey, meaning that it buys the spirit before blending it in certain casks for flavour. The funding comes after McGuane signed a distribution deal with Trinity Beverage Group. The cash injection will go towards hiring sales staff in the US. McGuane, a former Diageo executive, sells the whiskey under the JJ Corry brand.

This information came from The Times.

Connemara Brewery Pale Ale named as The Irish Examiner Beer of the Week 

Connemara Brewery Pale Ale was named as the Beer of the Week in The Irish Examiner this week. Brewed in Carreroe in the heart of Connemara, it can be purchased from their online store, McCambridges and in establishments such as Ballynahinch Castle, Ard Bia, The G Hotel and The Blue Note. Leslie Williams of the Irish Examiner noted, 'As well as this Ale there is an excellent lager which manages to be textured as well as crisp with light floral notes. The Irish Ale is even better, pouring a pale reddish-gold, orange peel and citrus aromas with a hint of ripe peach, smooth and creamy on the palate with a pleasing hop-focused finish.'

This information came from The Irish Examiner.

SuperValu to showcase five Food Academy producers

SuperValu has announced that it will showcase five local Irish food producers in 150 of its stores nationwide from the 23rd of September until mid-October. The companies chosen for nationwide distribution are Blakes Always Organic from Co Leitrim; Little Thai Kitchen from Co Waterford; Feighery's Farm from Co Tipperary; Hassetts Bakery Co Cork and The Sweet Potato Pizza Company from Dublin. Now in its eighth year, the Food Academy is a unique food business development programme supported by SuperValu, Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). Food producers participating in the programme receive training in food safety, market research and branding, marketing, finance, sustainability and business development. The programme supports nearly 300 Irish food and drink producers, making their products available year-round in their local SuperValu stores. 

This information came from Checkout.

Two GS1 Ireland members win RSVP's Wedding Awards 2021

Two GS1 Ireland members win RSVP's Wedding Awards 2021. Spotlight Oral Care was named as the winner in the 'Best Teeth Whitening' category in the RSVP Wedding awards 2021 and Bioderma was named as the winner in the Best Bridal Skincare category. Winners were selected by a panel of expert judges.

This information came from RSVP Magazine.

Valentia Island Vermouth named as one of the best in the world

A vermouth from Co. Kerry has been named one of the best in the world. Ór Valentia Island Vermouth was recently named in the top ten best vermouths in the world by Falstaff, an online magazine dedicated to wine, food and travel. Ór is made from 20 different botanicals including locally foraged plants and herbs from Valentia Island and was developed by Anna and Orla Snook O’Carroll. Falstaff commented that it was "Fantastic to sip as a contemplative digestif, but it also makes a very classy spritz topped with prosecco in place of the more usual Aperol."

This information came from Radio Kerry and Falstaff.

The Naked Collective shortlisted in the World Beverage Innovation Awards

The Naked Collective has reached the final of the World Beverage Innovation Awards 2021 in the category of 'Best new brand or Business'. As part of the shortlisting process, the judging panel considered 155 entries from 20 countries across 21 categories. 

This information came from

Butlers Chocolates launch new products

Tasty Pieces, a new line from Butlers Chocolates which launched recently on the Irish domestic market, will be available in travel retail in the coming months. The range offers flavours including 'Salted Almond Caramel Crunch' and 'Salted Almond and Butterscotch'. Butlers have also extended their truffle range with three new flavours; Milk Chocolate, Honeycomb Crisp and Milk Chocolate Salted Caramels. Butlers Chocolates is a family-owned Irish company that has been producing chocolates in Dublin since 1932. They are pledged to sustainable and ethical practices including a commitment to local sourcing, using recyclable packaging and the reduction of single-use plastic. All chocolates are made using sustainably sourced cocoa.

This information came from The Moodie Davitt Report.

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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