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Cork distillery take home gold - Members' News - Week 41 - 2021

Oct 10, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 41 2021. This week, a Cork distillery takes home gold and a health food company launch a new range. Read on for more.

Louth company signs up to Ireland’s upcoming four-day week pilot scheme

GS1 Ireland member, Soothing Solutions, has signed up to Four Day Week Ireland's pilot programme due to start next year. The scheme will see businesses in Ireland participate in a six-month trial of a four-day working week, alongside similar pilot schemes in other countries including the US, Iceland, Canada and New Zealand. Four Day Week Ireland presented its campaign for a reduced working week to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade & Employment last Wednesday morning. Businesses that participate in the pilot will receive mentoring from organisations that have already implemented a four-day week. Among the 17 companies due to participate in the pilot programme next year are bioceuticals manufacturing company and GS1 Ireland member, Soothing Solutions. Speaking about their upcoming involvement, Sinéad Crowther, CEO of Soothing Solutions, said: “Soothing Solutions is a young, growing business, so now is the perfect opportunity to try to build a four-day working week into how we run the business. A four-day working week will benefit staff by giving them more time to spend with their families or focusing on their passions, which we strongly believe will in turn result in greater productivity.” 

This information came from Silicon Republic and Four Day Week.

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.

Muyi Business and Commerce

Studio Layla - "Our vision was to bring beautiful eco-friendly products to market."

Toothfaerie - "A pure raw mineralising toothpaste made with organic oils, diatomaceous clay, indigenous medicine 'Dragons blood' & transdermal active magnesium oil"

MyBio - "MyBio is the exclusive supplier of many of the world’s leading bioscience reagents to the Irish market."

The Cupcake Bloke to host online mid-term bake-along

Graham Herterich, also known as The Cupcake Bloke is set to host a Halloween Virtual Bake-Along on Saturday 30th October. The session is sponsored by Bosch and will be an ideal midterm activity for young families. Registration is now closed due to high demand but you can still follow along on Instagram Live on the day. The ingredients and recipe will be posted on the Bosch Instagram page in advance of the event.

This information came from the Irish Examiner.

Valentia Island Vermouth is the Irish Examiner Drink of the Week

GS1 Ireland member, Valentia Island Vermouth was selected as the Irish Examiner Drink of the Week this week by food and wine writer, Leslie Williams. Ór Vermouth was created by Anna and Orla Snook O’Carroll on Valentia Island featuring 20 botanicals, some of which are foraged on the island. Williams described it as, 'Golden in colour, floral, herbal aromas with background notes of vanilla, mace and honey on the palate, Ór is textured and layered and a perfect balance between sweet, bitter and herbal, with lingering hints of spice. Try on ice, with tonic or with gin and Campari for a Negroni.' You can purchase Valentia Island Vermouth from Bubble Brothers English Market, Bradleys, O’Driscoll’s Cahersiveen, Fields, Urru, Celtic Whiskey Shop, Vintry, Redmonds and from

This information came from the Irish Examiner.

Linwoods Health Food launches new range

Linwoods Health Foods has unveiled a new range of healthy seed blends which have been backed by NHS GP and medical contributor on ITV’s This Morning Dr Zoe Williams, who has been brought on by Linwoods as a brand ambassador for its latest range. The Functional Range from Linwoods features two new products, 'Menoligna' and 'Immune Support'. Menoligna is a blend of sprouted milled flaxseed and milled chia seeds, containing essential vitamins, minerals and added Lignans and has been specifically developed for women during menopause. Immune Support is specifically formulated to help support a healthy immune system. The blend includes Linwoods’ award-winning sprouted milled flaxseed, hemp seeds, milled brazil nuts and Ganeden BC30 probiotic cultures. The blend also provides a natural source of selenium, iron and zinc, which contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system. The packaging in Linwoods Functional Range has been designed to be completely recyclable and the range will be available exclusively on Linwoods website.

This information came from Farm Week.

Clonakilty Distillery wins gold in Vodka Masters Competition

Clonakilty Distillery picked up a gold for its Minke Irish Vodka in the 'Smooth' category at The Spirits Business Vodka Masters 2021. The vodka debut for the Cork distillery was launched earlier this year and was commended by judges for having a smooth taste, 'with a nice creaminess and a good balance' and 'soft with a touch of peppery spice notes.' Clonakilty Distillery’s Minke Vodka uses a whey-base spirit, derived from milk which is produced on the ninth-generation family farm located a short distance from the distillery. You can purchase Minke Vodka from Clonakilty Distillery's online store.

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Three GS1 Ireland members shortlisted for Environmental Awards

Three GS1 Ireland members have been shortlisted for Ireland’s National Environmental Awards, The Pakman Awards. Now in its seventh year, the awards recognise excellence in sustainability, recycling and waste management. Annie Pooh and Pestle & Mortar were shortlisted in the 'Online Green Packaging Award' category and Irish Distillers were shortlisted in the Plastic Pledge category. The winners will be announced on the 29th of October at this year’s awards ceremony which takes place at The Shelbourne Hotel in accordance with government guidelines. 

This information came from Tipperary Live.

Sendoso adds Stillgarden Distillery to their gifting platform

Sendoso, a US company that runs a gifting platform for companies to send presents to staff and clients, is to open its EU headquarters in Dublin and create 100 jobs. Sendoso currently has over 500 employees globally and will increase its workforce by 30% by the end of 2021 on the back of its Dublin opening. Sendoso plans to stock locally sourced Irish products as part of its extensive gift database, and has already announced some of the Irish providers including Stillgarden Distillery in Dublin. 

This information came from the Irish Times and the Wicklow News.

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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