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Irish clothes-drying invention is set to hit the US market - Members' News - Week 18 - 2022

May 3, 2022, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 18 2022. This week, an Irish clothes-drying invention is set to hit the US market. Read on for more.

Drumshanbo gin sales increase by 30%

The Shed Distillery, makers of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, increased its sales by 30 per cent and recorded a profit of €2.8 million in 2021. The increase in sales came in a year when they launched new products, entered into new markets and the opened their new visitor centre. Abridged accounts for the year to the end of September 2021 show that the company increased its accumulated profits to €8.7 million. The distillery, which is owned by Pat Rigney and his wife, Denise, launched three new brands during the year; Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Sardinian Citrus and Drumshanbo Single Malt Irish Whiskey. The number of countries in which its products are available for sale increased to 70. Mr Rigney told The Irish Times that they plan to reinvest the profits so they can remain competitive among larger brands. The company, which was founded in 2014, produces gin, whiskey and vodka products and employed 51 staff last year.

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.

Peggy Rain - "Rescues your washing from the rain. Stress-free solution to drying your clothes"

Key Plastics - "Key Plastics is a single destination solution provider offering custom manufactured solutions in metal and plastics to industries such as aerospace, medical, telecoms and engineering."

Tasty Kitchen curry paste pots hit retail shelves in Donegal

Tasty Kitchen curry paste pots are now available in Supervalu stores in Donegal. Sia Brown, the Letterkenny-based businesswoman took part in the Food Academy, run by the Local Enterprise Office in partnership with SuperValu and Bord Bia. Sia got her start at the Letterkenny Farmers Market and a year after completing the Food Academy, she got an offer from SuperValu to start stocking on their shelves in Donegal. The products are also available at Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top Letterkenny and Simpsons Supermarket, Glencar Letterkenny.  Sia makes all the pastes herself, with help from her mum and sources her ingredients from local Asian stores in Donegal. To find out more about Tasty Kitchen or to buy their products, check out their new online store.

This information came from Donegal Daily.

Sliabh Liag Distillers win double gold

Sliabh Liag Distillers were awarded a Double Gold medal in the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition for their 'Legendary Midnight Silkie Irish Whiskey'. The product is the latest addition to the Silkie collection and this was its first competition. The double gold award from the SFWSC is a universally recognised indicator of exceptional quality and craftsmanship. Sliabh Liag Distillers is the first distilling company in the county for over 175 years, established with the purpose of reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal. Their Ardara Distillery at Woodhill, Ardara, is now operational and makes Irish whiskey in both Single Malt and iconic Pot Still variants, highly differentiated and reflecting the authentic style in which Donegal whiskey was made in the 19th century. The distillery comprises the still house and barrel store with the visitor centre build still in progress, in a later phase, it will include an expanded visitor centre and relocated An Dúlamán Distillery. The distillery is currently closed to visitors but they look forward to welcoming you this summer.

This information came from Donegal Live.

Ferrero Group acquires Irish brand Fulfil Nutrition

Ferrero has announced that it has signed a ‘definitive agreement’ to buy Fulfil Nutrition, an Irish vitamin and protein bar producer. The deal, which is subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the coming months. The value of the transaction has not been announced, however, media reports suggest that the company is worth in the region of €150 million. Based in Dublin, Fulfil supplies products to the UK, Europe and Asian-Pacific markets. In a statement, Ferrero commented that it plans to ‘maintain and further build Fulfil’s strong brand authenticity while supporting the company and its distributors with innovation and expansion to new markets and category segments opportunities.’ The company was founded by Niall McGrath and Tom Gannon in 2016 and made sales of about €12 million in its first trading year. The products were developed to offer consumers 100% of an adult’s recommended daily allowance of nine vitamins in one bar.

This information came from Checkout Magazine.

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Blanco Niño Blue tortilla chips win gold

Blanco Niño, the Tipperary tortilla chip producer, has been awarded Gold in the 'Savoury Snacking' category at the Free From Food Awards 2022. Blanco Niño’s Ancient Grain Blue Corn Tortilla Chips with Toasted Amaranth impressed the judges, who commented that the chips had “An intriguing and unique visual - great deep purple colour. Thin with a great crisp, very tasty and not overly salty - a perfect accompaniment to any snacking occasion. These deliver a nicely roasted corn flavour and amaranth bursting on the palate.” Blanco Niño tortilla chips come in three flavours; Lightly Salted, Chilli & Lime and Ancient Grain, with every batch takes three days to make, using an ancient Aztec process known as nixtamalization. Blanco Niño tortilla chips are naturally gluten-free and vegan friendly and contain no preservatives or additives. The tortilla chips are available in SuperValu, Dunnes Stores and many more stockists across Ireland. 

This information came from Tipperary Live.

Peggy Rain set to open Amazon store to expand into US market

An Irish invention is due to hit the US market as they open their new Amazon store. PeggyRain, invented by Irishman Colin O'Brien, is a state-of-the-art clothesline that automatically releases a pristine, steadfast and waterproof cover across your clothesline if there is so much as a drop of rain. The idea for PeggyRain came from a conversation between founder Colin O’Brien and his mother Margaret. Colin asked his mother, “What could I create to make your life easier?”. She responded by describing how irritating it was for her to run out and fetch all the washing off the clothesline every time it started to rain. Peggy Rain has already been featured on the Late Late Show and founder Colin got his barcodes from GS1 Ireland in order to on open an Amazon store for expansion into the US market.
This information came from PeggyRain.

Irish software company Nutritics open Sydney headquarters

Irish food data management software company, Nutritics, recently opened its Australian headquarters in Sydney. Nutritics is a nutrition software package that allows users to easily manage recipes, publish menus, meal plans and more. It is used by healthcare and sports professionals, in the food industry, by food researchers and more. The company was founded in Australia in 2017, and now has nearly 500 local customers. Nutritics' Sydney office was officially opened by Irish Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton who travelled to Australia to meet with Irish businesses in the city. 

This information came from IT Wire.

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.