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Abbott announces the creation of Irish 1,000 jobs - Members' News

Sep 2, 2022, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news. This week, Abbott announces the creation of Irish 1,000 jobs. Read on for more.

Blanco Niño transitions to full recyclable packaging

Premium tortilla chip company, Blanco Niño, is rolling out fully recyclable packaging across its full range. The Tipperary-based food producer is the first premium corn tortilla chip brand in the UK and Ireland to move to fully recyclable packaging. Traditional crisp packets present a challenge for waste management as it takes hundreds of years for them to decompose. Blanco Niño’s new packaging is made from polypropylene 5 which is widely recycled. The new design keeps the product fresher for longer and features a window so buyers can see the contents of the bag. The range includes Lightly Salted, Blue Corn (formerly called Ancient Grain) and Chilli & Lime flavoured chips. The Blanco Niño range is stocked in SuperValu, Dunnes Stores, Fallon & Byrne and many independent fine food stores across Ireland and the UK.

This information came from FFT Magazine.

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.

Cute Cutz"At Cute Cutz we groom your furry friends in classic and modern styles"

Gasgon Medical - "Helping Healthcare to Flow"

S&S Duffy Meats

Angelina George Cosmetics

Transpoco - "Transpoco Protect embraces AI to improve safety on the road"

The Sea and Land Trust (SALT) Company - "The Sea And Land Trust exists to solve the critical issues facing our world today: climate breakdown, the biodiversity crisis, and plastic pollution." 

Kephir Coffee Roasters 

Rapidrop Europe - "British Manufacturer & Supplier of Fire Sprinklers & Fire Suppression Equipment"

Method Mobility, Fitness & Rehab - "We are a Chartered Physiotherapy Clinic with a hands-on approach to treatment aimed at meeting each patient's individual needs."

Mythrojan - "20 years of manufacturing Historical & Fantasy costumes for the film industry & cosplay enthusiasts!"

Amylyx Pharmaceuticals Distribution - "Amylyx is a Cambridge-based pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders."

Murray Mobile Technology - "Murray Mobile Technology Ltd. is a phone-based sales business and started from 2008, which has good reputation in this industry."

Dingle Farmhouse Products - "Dingle farm is a family run farm business,we produce milk and cheese using only milk from our own herd of fresian cows."

Giobakeitalia - "Authentic traditional Italian cakes desserts and modern pastry, homemade pizza and focaccia made with mother yeast."

Clean Slate - "Our candles are made with 100% soy wax, paraben-free, vegan, hand-poured, and finished with love and care."

Juliet Morrow Minerals - "Irish mineral makeup company"

Eco Fusion

3 Counties Spirits - "Develops and manages a portfolio of innovative premium brands"

Great Northern Distillery - "The Great Northern Distillery is largest Independent Distillery in Ireland"

Americold Dublin - "Americold offers the most comprehensive temperature-controlled storage and distribution network available, supported by the most advanced technology, and with a singular focus on customer service."


Deirdre Murphy - "Deirdre Murphy is a musician and multi-disciplinary artist. She counts herself as a songwriter, singer, choreographer, dancer, playwright, designer, and sartorial adventurer."

Little Margins - "A leading premium online discount store"

Croghan Homeware

Frostbite Cocktails - "Low-calorie cocktail mixes"

An Post launches Bookshop of the Year Competition 2022 

The search is underway to find the  An Post Bookshop of the Year 2022. This is the second year that the category has been included at the An Post Irish Book Awards, the annual literary event that celebrates and promotes Irish writing. The An Post Bookshop of the Year category is designed to acknowledge the significant role played by independent bookshops and local branches of bookshop chains in helping their local communities find and enjoy their perfect read. Last year's winner was Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway. Customers can click onto to submit their nomination for their favourite bookshop. Nominations will close today, September 2, at 5pm. The winner will be announced on October 20 and will receive a trophy along with a prize worth €5,000 from An Post Commerce. To find out more about the An Post Irish Book Awards, see

Silkie Irish Whiskey launches in Australia

Sliabh Liag Distillers has launched its Silkie Irish Whiskey in Australia via an exclusive partnership with Dan Murphy’s. Two varieties of the whiskey will be available: The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey – which delivers "a butterscotch sweetness with green apples and a hint of amber and smoke" and The Legendary Dark Silkie Irish Whiskey which features "a rich chocolate character complemented by a salted-caramel sweetness and baked apples “wrapped in a smokey profile”." Australia is one of the fastest-growing markets for Irish whiskey globally. 

This information came from Inside FMCG.

Galway Hooker brewery sold to Connacht Hospitality Group

Craft brewery Galway Hooker has been bought by the Connacht Hospitality Group for an undisclosed figure. Aidan Murphy, the Galway Hooker co-founder, will remain with the company, which has plans to expand, including a rebrand and the introduction of new products.

This information came from the Business Post.

Abbott to add 1,000 jobs in €440m Irish investment

Abbott Laboratories is investing €440 million in Ireland with plans for a new manufacturing plant in Kilkenny and additional positions in Donegal. The company announced that it will be adding 1,000 jobs to its Irish workforce, making Ireland a leading producer of modern diabetes glucose monitoring devices. The new jobs will be in the areas of engineering, quality control, medical device manufacturing and other science-based areas. The company’s 'Freestyle Libre 3' glucose monitors allow diabetes patients to avoid finger-prick tests several times a day to check glucose levels. The device attaches to the back of the patient's arm and with a small sensor allows them to track their glucose levels continuously. The person's glucose levels can then be read on an app on their phone and alarms if glucose levels are too low or too high. Abbott already employs 5,000 people in Ireland. 

This information came from The Irish Times.

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GS1 Ireland members chosen by Retail Excellence

Retail Excellence has announced its selection for the top 100 stores and five friendliest places in Ireland. Ireland’s largest retail representative body, Retail Excellence, made the selections ahead of its annual award ceremony, which aims to identify exceptional examples of retail businesses across the country. The chosen few now move on to the next stage of AIB Merchant Services Retail Excellence Awards, which will take place on 12 November in the Galmont Hotel in Galway. The GS1 members who have made the cut are listed below.

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Twomey’s Bakery announce €5m Aldi deal

Limerick-based Twomey's Bakery has announced a €5m deal with Aldi to supply the retailer with its breads, scones, tarts and sponges. The bakery, which is a third-generation business is based in Dromcollogher in Limerick and has been supplying Aldi with baked goods since 2019.

This information came from The Business Post.

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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