How To Get Your Food Product On A Supermarket Shelf

Oct 31, 2018, by Maria Svejdar - Category: We spoke to leading food consultant and retail advisor James Burke who shared some advice for getting your new food product onto supermarket shelves.

The Top Five Mistakes For New Food Producers To AvoidAccording to leading food consultant and retail advisor James Burke, a new food producer needs to come to the market with a very compelling proposition. “Go down to your local supermarket now,” he advises. “There isn’t shelving with a sign on it that says ‘Waiting for new product next week’. There is no space. So, to persuade a buyer at head office, or a store owner or manager to take any product, you have to have a very compelling argument—because to take you in they...

The Experts' Guide to Gold at Blas na hEireann

Jun 1, 2018, by Kevin O'Brien - Category: We teamed up with gold winning GS1 Ireland members to give you their top tips on how to wow the judges at the Blas na hEireann - Irish Food Awards.

The Blas awards are a showcase of the finest in Irish produce, where big brands and artisan producers rub shoulders. Winning a prestigious Blas award is not easy. We have teamed up with GS1 Ireland members who took home the gold at Blas last year to give you their top tips on how to wow the judges at Blas.Caroline Rigney - Rigney’s Farmhouse FoodsGold in Breakfast Cereal (Granola)To win at Blas, you need to stand out from your competition. The key to that is in perfecting your recipe. You will need to impress the Blas j...

From Farmers Market to Supermarket with Rigneys Granola

Nov 7, 2017, by Kevin O'Brien - Category: Caroline Rigney talks about going from farmers markets to getting her granola retail ready for supermarket shelves with new packaging and a GS1 barcode.

Caroline Rigney takes us on her journey from farmers markets to supermarket shelvesIreland has seen an explosion in the number of artisan food businesses in recent years. Craft producers have been bringing a variety of tasty and innovative foods from farmers markets to supermarkets through programmes such as Supervalu’s Food Academy. The results have set taste buds singing and tills ringing. This boom has also given entrepreneurs like Caroline Rigney the chance to follow their dreams of making it big in the food sector....

Irish Export Awards 2017 Shortlisted Finalists

Oct 18, 2017, by Maria Svejdar - Category: Congratulations to everyone who as made the shortlist for the Irish Export Awards 2017.

Congratulations to everyone who as made the shortlist for the Irish Export Awards 2017. Details of the Finalists can be viewed here.GS1 Ireland is delighted to be sponsoring the category:Multinational Exporter of the Year category. The finalists are:Bausch + Lomb IrelandIrish DistillersPortwestSanofi WaterfordWe look forward to meeting you all on the night!Tickets for the Irish Export AwardsTickets for the awards ceremony can be obtained from the Irish Exporters Association. For more information and to book your corpora...

What is the difference between a barcode from GS1 and others I see on the internet?

Sep 8, 2017, by Maria Svejdar - Category: If you are researching barcode numbers on the internet you may come across websites offering you barcodes at a very cheap one-off rate. These operators are not part of the GS1 network and are not authorised to sell GS1 numbers.

GS1 is an organisation established by industry, for industry, and is run on a not-for-profit basis. GS1 was established with the specific aim of managing the allocation of identification numbers to companies and to develop the standards (rules) around the use of those numbers.GS1 standards and a unique company prefixAny organisation wishing to use GS1 barcode and ecommerce messaging (EDI) standards needs to join GS1 to receive their own company identification number (prefix). In fact, as your business grows and develops...

Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards - Final Call for Entries

Jun 7, 2017, by Maria Svejdar - Category: Entries are about to close for this year’s Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards, which will take place at the prestigious Dingle Food Festival in September 2017.

Entries are about to close for this year’s Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards, which will take place at the prestigious Dingle Food Festival in September 2017.Last year, more than 2500 entries were considered in what is the largest blind-tasted Food Awards in the country. It’s well known also that winning an Irish Food Award can be a major boost for a brand. “Every product that carries a Finalist, Gold, Silver or Bronze sticker is picked up more quickly than those without,” says Awards chairperson, Artie Clifford. “Our ...

Being Retail Ready for Showcase

Jan 23, 2017, by Lucinda Layton - Category: Lucinda Layton owner of Rose & Alice Handcrafted Soaps chats to us about the nerves & excitement of participating in a major international trade show, Showcase.

Ready for Retail Success - an artisan producer's tradeshow experienceLucinda Layton, owner of Rose & Alice Handcrafted Soaps and Gifts in Co Laois, chats to us about the nerves and excitement of participating in the major international trade show, Showcase."Showcase 2016 was really my first big break. I attended the tradeshow as part of my Local Enterprise Boards' Enterprise Zone. My expectations of the outcome were set modestly low - I thought, maybe an order or two and some leads?As I was preparing for the show, a fri...