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Winners of the Grow with Aldi Programme announced - Members' News - Week 38 - 2021

Sep 18, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 38 2021. This week, winners of the Grow with Aldi Programme were announced. Read on for more.

Teeling Whiskey profits increase by 71%

Teeling Whiskey recorded a 71 per cent increase in its profit in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic closing down most of its major markets for large parts of the year. Accounts just filed for Teeling Whiskey Company Ltd show that its pretax profit rose to just under €2.8 million last year, up from €1.6 million in 2019. This was due to a sharp reduction in its advertising and promotional spending in the United States. Staff numbers reduced in 2020 from 88 to 63 with salary costs declining by €1.4 million. The company claimed €81,318 in wage subsidies from the State for the subsidiary that operates its visitor centre, which posted a loss for the year of €408,460.

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.

Clare Anne Taylor - "We specialise in the design and craft of luxurious and elegant cakes and confections. Our cakes are defined by beautiful artistry and style, using only the finest and seasonal ingredients."

Seven Star Company 

Natural Bakery Company - "We are an Irish company dedicated to bring you the very best breads and pastries made daily, from scratch and with top quality ingredients."

Olive Pork - "Raised in the Boyne Valley, our pigs live on a natural diet enriched with olives and flaxseed, giving our pork, bacon and ham a distinctive rich flavour, with improved levels of Omega 3 and added health benefits."

Irish plant-based seafood start-up secures a spot on US accelerator programme

Plantruption, an Irish start-up that is developing plant-based seafood, has raised $500,000 (€426,000) from entrepreneur Sean O’Sullivan’s SOSV and has been chosen to participate in the venture capital firm’s prestigious IndieBio accelerator programme in the US. Founded by entrepreneur Jennifer O’Brien, the food tech company uses wild Atlantic seaweed combined with other sustainable ingredients to make burgers and goujons. Plantruption products are already stocked in SuperValu stores here in Ireland. While plant-based food substitutes have recently soared in popularity, almost all of these are focused on replicating the look and taste of meat. Seafood substitutes are considered more difficult to get right. Plantruption is in talks with investors as it starts plans for a Series A funding round totalling €1.5 million. Ms O’Brien said she hopes participation in IndieBio will lead to interest from US-based investors. The IndieBio accelerator, which is run in the US, was established by SOSV, the venture capital firm originally founded in Cork as a personal investment fund for tech veteran Sean O’Sullivan. It is the world’s largest early-stage biotech start-up accelerator and has backed over 159 companies to date.

This information came from The Irish Times.

Micil Distillery offers the public the opportunity to buy the first whiskey produced in Galway in over 100 years

Galway’s Micil Distillery announced its Síolta Mhicil cask offering, allowing members of the public the chance to buy the first whiskey produced in Galway for over a century. 240 handmade 50-litre casks are on offer with the programme, with the choice of three unique recipes and five different cask types. Each cask will cost €3,300 prior to VAT and excise duty, generating approximately 90 bottles of bespoke whiskey. Síolta Mhicil Cask members can purchase a cask of their chosen spirit which will be distilled and matured for four years by Micil Distillery. The mature whiskey will then be hand bottled and labelled with a personalised Micil Irish Whiskey label for the member’s own personal enjoyment. For more information on becoming a Síolta Mhicil member see their website.

This information came from Galway Daily.

Vodafone Ireland teams up with Riley to provide eco-friendly period products to employees

Vodafone Ireland has today announced a partnership with sustainable period product subscription service, Riley, and will provide free period products to all employees at its head office in Dublin and in retail stores. While Vodafone employees have been working from home since March 2020, the company has continued to create a better and more inclusive working environment for women, supporting them through all life stages. Vodafone employees will return to the office on a hybrid basis from September 20th which will see them split their time between home and the office on a 60:40 basis (60% time working remotely and 40% time in the office).

This information came from Irish Tech News.

Winners of the Grow with Aldi Programme announced

Three GS1 Ireland members are among the winners of the Grow with Aldi programme 2021. Of the 56 finalists going on sale in the 148 Aldi stores nationwide as part of the programme in June of this year, six producers secured the opportunity to become part of the core range listing in Aldi stores nationwide. All of the winning products from this year’s programme will be available in stores from September 23rd. The GS1 Ireland members that made the cut are listed below.

The Fig Tree Honey & Cayenne Dressing and Original House Style Dressing-€2.99 (High Street, Co. Kilkenny)

Woodfire & Green Burger Sauce, Blue Cheese Dip and Wing Sauce- €3.49 (Sandyford, Co. Dublin)

ChanChan Mala Black Garlic Peanut Chilli Rayu- €3.99 (Firhouse, Co. Dublin)

Products from ChanChan and Woodfire & Green will launch as core products and will remain on shelf for a full year, while products from The Fig Tree will launch as Specialbuys and will return to stores for a six-month period from April 2022. Now in its fourth year, the Grow with Aldi Supplier Development Programme was created in partnership with Bord Bia to help Irish suppliers develop their brand with the chance to become a core range listing in Aldi stores nationwide. Throughout the programme, entrants attend mentoring sessions and workshops with the Aldi buying team and the Aldi marketing team as well as with key technical experts from Bord Bia. To date, almost 800 producers and suppliers have entered the programme, with €3m invested by Aldi. This year’s programme saw the highest number of entrants to the programme so far with a 30% increase on 2020.

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Brunchfit event is back at Naturally Nourished Café

The "BrunchFit" event is returning to Naturally Nourished on Cork’s Penrose Dock, offering a unique opportunity to work up a sweat on the rooftop overlooking the city skyline. Hosted by Roc Fitness, the class begins tomorrow, Saturday 25th September, at 11am. Every BrunchFit ticket includes a brunch dish of your choice, tea, coffee, and an energy ball in Naturally Nourished downstairs afterwards.

This information came from Yay Cork.

Limerick producer is awarded three stars at Great Taste Awards

Attyflin Estate near Adare Co Limerick received the highest mark of ‘Three Stars’ in the internationally renowned Great Taste Awards last Tuesday for its unique Rosette apple juice which is the only juice of its kind produced in Ireland. The apple tree takes a full decade to bear fruit and the limited-edition juice has a very distinct flavour thanks to the marbled red flesh running through the apple and is noted to have "hints of raspberry and strawberry". The Great Taste Awards are seen as a stamp of excellence among customers, retailers and foo experts. In 2020, 14,113 products were judged and only 1.6% of entrants succeeded in achieving the highest mark of three stars.

This information came from The Limerick Post.

Avoca Handweavers expected to re-open in 2022

Avoca Handweavers are expected to re-open their shop in Avoca village in 2022, it has been confirmed. The Avoca shop, cafe and mill have remained closed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

This information came from The Wicklow People.

GS1 Ireland members reach the final of the Energia Ireland Family Business Awards

Many GS1 Ireland members are among the finalists of the 2021 Energia Ireland Family Business Awards that were recently announced. These include Aine Faughnan of Dromod Boxty, Kora Healthcare, Joe's Farm Crisps, McCormack Family FarmsWhite & Green, Dawn MeatsBriody Bedding and Dr Coy’s. The announcement of award winners, which was postponed due to Covid-19, will take place virtually from the 18th of October 2021, and celebrate ‘resilience through generations’ showcased by Irish family businesses.

This information came from Dromod Boxty.

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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