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26
Mar 14

New Irish Whiskey Museum will bring 25 Jobs

Local tours operator Extreme Event Ireland Ltd is to open the museum at a cost of €1.9 million. The opening is planned for August and will create 25 jobs.

Dublin is set to get an additional tourist attraction with the opening of an Irish Whiskey Museum.

Local tours operator Extreme Event Ireland Ltd is to open the museum at a cost of €1.9 million. The opening is planned for August and will create 25 jobs.

The museum will tell the story of Irish whiskey and showcase the country’s growing list of brands, including Jameson, Bushmills and Tullamore Dew. It will be located in two premises in the South City Centre , at 119 Grafton Street and 37 College Green opposite the front gates of Trinity College. This is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city, attracting a high footfall of tourists. The listed property is owned by the well-known James Fox cigar and whiskey store, which operates from 119 Grafton Street.

Extreme Event Ireland has secured a 15-year lease on the building, which is currently being refitted to house interactive tours and whiskey tastings. Run by former IT consultant Keith McDonnell, Extreme Event Ireland has traded since 2006. The company runs two independent tourism offices in Dublin’s city centre and organises coach tours. It employs 50 staff, operates 15 coaches and is profitable.

Mr McDonnell hopes to attract 100,000 visitors to the museum in the first year of trading, rising to 230,000 in year five. “We’re always looking for new ideas and we felt there was a gap in the market for a whiskey museum that would tell the story of Irish whiskey and unite all the brands,” Mr McDonnell said. “Every brand will be represented.” He said all of the whiskey brands in the country, whose owners include global drinks giants Pernod Ricard and Diageo, are supportive of the project although they have not provided financial assistance.

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17
Oct 13

55 New Jobs at Carlow Whiskey Distillery

Independent, family-owned Walsh Whiskey Distillery is to make a significant €25m expansion programme for its award winning, super premium and ultra premium Irish whiskey brands – The Irishman and Writers Tears.

The move has been welcomed by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD.

Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s expansion plans have attracted significant development funding from the Italian drinks giant Illva Saronno Holding, which is owned and run by the Reina family in Saronno near Milan. The investment will facilitate the development of a world-class, independent, craft Irish whiskey distillery; maturation warehouses and a unique visitor experience by the banks of the River Barrow in Royal Oak, Co Carlow by 2016.

The expansion will create a total of 55 permanent and part-time jobs in the Carlow area over five years, where the whiskies will be distilled, crafted and aged. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through Enterprise Ireland, is supporting the project.

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28
May 12

Taoiseach marks €100m Jameson investment with distillery visit

Taoiseach marks €100m Jameson investment with distillery visit

Taoiseach marks €100m Jameson investment with distillery visit

Pictured: Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, visited the Irish Distillers’ distillery in Midleton, Co Cork today, to mark the €100m investment at the facility by Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard.

The company, which announced the expansion at the end of last year, said it was responding to the continued growth of Jameson worldwide. In the year to June 2011, 3.4 million cases of Jameson were sold. The company said the distillery is now operating at full capacity and an expansion is necessary to cater for future forecasted growth.

The Taoiseach’s visit also marked the 20th anniversary of the Jameson Experience, the Jameson visitor centre in Midleton, which has been visited by more than two million visitors since it first opened in 1992.

As part of the investment, 60 manufacturing and technical jobs will be created, 30 in the Midleton Distillery, and a further 30 in the Fox and Geese bottling plant in Dublin, bringing the company’s total employee numbers in Ireland to 560.  Separately, up to 250 jobs will result from the construction process.

A further €100m is being spent developing a new satellite maturation facility at Dungourney, Co. Cork.

“This investment by Irish Distillers is the result of an exceptional performance by Jameson in the world-wide marketplace,” said the Taoiseach. “Today marks a significant day in the future of Irish whiskey production, and the entire food and drinks export industry, as well as for the local economy here in Cork, which has greatly benefited from the presence of both the Distillery and the Jameson Experience Visitors Centre.

“By taking advantage of a supportive and stable economic environment Irish brands can continue to increase exports worldwide.”

Meanwhile, speaking ahead of today’s Whisky Live in Dublin, Michael Foggarty, spokesperson for the event, highlighted the exceptional performance of Irish whiskey globally, with sales of the spirit recently surpassing Scotch single malt sales for the first time. Global Irish whiskey sales exceeded five million cases last year.

Foggarty quoted a recent report, which indicated that Irish whiskey is the fastest growing whiskey category in the world.

Exports of the spirit have increased by 60pc over the past three years and, in the last six months, three of the world’s leading drinks companies have pledged multi million euro investments in their Irish whiskey brands, one of these being the Irish Distillers €100m announcement. Elsewhere, in March, Beam Inc acquired Cooley Distillery, the last remaining Irish-owned distillery, for €95m. In the same month, William Grant & Sons announced a €35m investment in Tullamore Dew that will bring whiskey production back to Tullamore for the first time since the original distillery closed in 1954.

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19
Apr 12

Bord Gáis chosen to operate Irish Water

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan after the Government decision yesterday to appoint Bord Gáis Éireann to operate the new utilities company, Irish Water.Photograph: David Sleator

Irish Water will be the biggest change in the development of utilities in the State since the setting up of the ESB.

Mr Hogan said that the Government had decided yesterday the company will be operated by Bord Gáis Éireann as an independent State-owned subsidiary and would remain in public ownership.

Speaking at a press conference at Government Buildings following yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, the Minister said the programme to install water meters in more than one million Irish households would be “90-95 per cent” completed by the end of 2014.

While the pricing level and pricing policy will be set by the regulator, the Commission for Energy Regulation, Mr Hogan said that households would begin to receive bills from 2014. Households without meters at that juncture would be billed using an assessment of their water usage.

The introduction of water charges is a condition of the memorandum of understanding agreed with the international troika as part of the bailout programme.

Mr Hogan told the conference that the Government recognised the reality where people faced a series of tough budgets, job cuts, higher interest rates, and, in some cases, negative equity.

“I know it will be difficult for some people to find money to pay for this finite resource,” he said.

Setting out the case for the new tax, he said the Government did not want to increase income tax, or to tax business or cut social welfare payments. But he said the considerable annual public deficit of €18 billion necessitated a broadening and reform of the tax system.

“In just 20 years global demand for water will be 40 per cent higher than it is today so Ireland’s valuable water resources will play a vital role,” he said.

“The current system is not sustainable. The funding level is not sustainable.”

He said the leakage levels of 40 per cent were too high; he also said the fact that 34 local authorities were operating separate public water systems resulted in too much fragmentation.

He confirmed that the National Pensions Reserve Fund would lend €450 million to Irish Water to install meters and to establish operations, and that the costs of those would probably be passed on to customers by way of a standing charge over a period of 20 years.

Mr Hogan denied the Government’s response to weekend reports suggesting a €300 upfront charge had been confused and contradictory.

He insisted the reports had been wrong and he could not take blame or responsibility for what had appeared in newspapers.

On the decision to award the tender to Bord Gáis rather than to the other bidder, Bord na Móna, he said that the outside assessors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, had made the decision based on a long list of criteria.

He said 150-200 contracts would be awarded around the country to carry out installation for bundles of 5,000 to 6,000 households. The project would be completed over a period of two or three years, he added. “I expect that installation will start in October and that households will be charged from 2014,” he said.

Some 300,000 households will not be included in the initial phase of the meters, including apartments. He also confirmed the charge would only apply to public water schemes, and those households which are part of private group water schemes would not have to pay water charges.

He said Irish Water would be set up on an interim basis as legislation would be needed to put it on a statutory basis.

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18
Apr 12

New water company to be created in Republic of Ireland

Under the terms of Ireland’s IMF/EU bailout, water charges will be payable from 2014

The Irish government has announced the establishment of a new utility company to manage the public water supply and the introduction of water charges.

The new company, to be called Irish Water, will be in place by 2014.

The announcement came after confusion over the introduction of water meters and how they would be paid for.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan said a new regulator would ultimately decide on the funding model but there would be no upfront charge for water meters.

The minister said the current system was not sustainable and the new structure would ensure a world class water infrastructure and create jobs.

Bailout

Mr Hogan said Irish Water will be established “as a wholly owned public water utility and will remain in public ownership”.

It will be a subsidiary of semi-state company Bord Gais.

Mr Hogan added that the decision to set up Irish Water was one of the biggest taken by any Irish government since the establishment of the ESB (Electricity Supply Board).

The new charge is a requirement of the terms of Ireland’s EU/IMF bailout.

Officials from the ECB, EU and IMF – the so-called ‘troika’ – arrived in Dublin on Tuesday to begin the sixth review of how the country is complying with the terms of the bailout.

The Irish government expects the review to conclude that Ireland has met all its commitments for the first three months of the year, according to the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

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28
Mar 12

Boost for aspiring food start-ups

Ambitions for food export growth are being given a lift with this week’s Bord Bia Food Works open evenings.

Bord Bia is partnering with Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc and a selection of entrepreneurs to encourage aspiring food start-ups. The guiding targets are to boost food exports and to nurture job creation.

Successful Food Works applicants will be given mentoring, consumer insight consultancy, R&D assistance and a €5,000 feasibility grant.

Ray Coyle, chief executive of Tayto crisps producer Largo Foods, hosted the first of three Food Works open events in Tayto Park, Ashbourne, Co Meath, yesterday. He said: “The thrust is to get people motivated and tooled up for exports. If we can get four or five companies out of this a year creating jobs, that would be a great result.

“There is a lot of talent out there. People need to be given confidence in themselves, and Bord Bia and the other participants in this initiative will give them the skills to lay out their stall and add value to Ireland’s food sector, which has done a lot of good work with traceability and marketing.”

Largo Foods has enjoyed some great marketing coups in recent years, as attendees heard last night. On Sunday alone, some 4,000 people visited Tayto Park. White lions are due to arrive to the park in the near future.

Tayto and King crisps were already household names when Mr Coyle acquired the brands from C&C in 2006. Perhaps an even greater marketing coup than Tayto Park has been Largo’s advertisements for its Hunky Dory range, which have rivalled Ryanair in their ability to court media controversy and then milk it for all it’s worth.

“You have to make noise,” said Mr Coyle. “You have to tease the journalists into writing about you. There’s no point in just doing mun-dane advertising. It’s better to make people laugh.”

Mr Coyle’s talk covered the ups and downs of his business experience from 1983 to 2012. Originally from a farming background, he began growing potatoes in the 1970s.

As Tayto held around 85% of the domestic market share at the time, Mr Coyle felt there was room for competition. He launched Largo Foods in 1984 with nine people, six of whom are still with the company today. Hunky Dorys alone has retail sales of around €18m annually.

This week’s other two Food Works events will feature similar business stories. Other entrepreneurs supporting the initiative include Mary Ann O’Brien of Lily O’Brien’s chocolates, Cheesestrings creator Denis O’Brien of Kerry Foods and Larry Murrin of Dawn Farm Foods.

Two further events will take place this week, one tomorrow in Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, and another on Thursday in University College Cork’s western gateway building.

Bord Bia chairman Michael Carey said: “The fact that food entrepreneurs of the calibre of Ray Coyle and [Cuisine de France founder] Ronan McNamee are part of this initiative gives it even greater reality credence. They will share their personal business stories and practical experiences.”

As executive chairman and majority shareholder of the Jacob Fruitfield Food Group, Mr Carey also has invaluable personal experience to offer these budding food start-ups.

The JFF group was created in 2004 after Mr Carey bought out Fruitfield from Nestlé for a reported €8m and amalgamated it with Jacob’s Irish Biscuits, purchased from Danone for around €70m. JFF is now one of Ireland’s leading food businesses.

Mr Carey said: “At the Food Works events, we will be talking in depth about the programme. We will be looking at individuals and teams who want to start food businesses of scale with export ambitions.

“It is also very positive that we are bringing Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc together on this initiative. All three organisations have their own strengths and abilities, and all three are working closely together because they want to make this impactful.”

The programme was formally launched last week by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and & Sean Sherlock, the research and innovation minister.

Mr Coveney said: “Our target of growing food exports by 50% to reach €12bn before 2020 is ambitious; it requires huge commitment by private and public interests. Food Works is an example of development agencies working together in a new way to improve the climate and opportunities for growth and I look forward to it fostering new food businesses with high potential for development.”

This ambition was echoed by Mr Sherlock, who said that by bringing together the combined expertise of Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, participants would have access to huge expertise in business development, consumer needs, market demand, production technologies and research.

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17
Mar 12

Ireland’s 2011 trade surplus highest on record

DUBLIN — Ireland’s trade surplus hit a record high in 2011, increasing by 3.0 percent to 44.697 billion euros ($58.347 billion) compared with the previous year, official data showed on Friday.

Exports rose by 4.0 percent to 92.936 billion euros, while imports grew 5.0 percent to 48.238 billion euros, the Central Statistics Office said in a statement.

The CSO said it was “the highest annual surplus on record.”

Ireland, a eurozone member which has received an EU-IMF bailout worth 85 billion euros, is relying heavily on exports to revive its fortunes after the economy was battered by the global financial crisis.

Jobs and Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton said the strong export growth confirmed the potential for the wider recovery of Ireland’s economy.

“This government has consistently pointed out that a strong export performance will be crucial to achieving the economic and jobs recovery we are all working so hard for,” he said in a statement.

“Despite the warnings of some commentators about our exports, recent weeks and months have seen some encouraging signs in the global economy as well as some further signs that the Irish economy has stabilised and is returning to sustainable growth,” Bruton added.

Ireland’s trade surplus meanwhile surged 20 percent to 3.246 billion euros in January on a 12-month basis, the CSO added on Friday.

The trade surplus gained 8.5 percent in January compared with December 2011, as exports rose 9.1 percent and imports increased by 9.6 percent month-on-month.

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9
Mar 12

New initiative launched to support budding food entrepreneurs

Food entrepreneurs and those who feel they could create and run a successful export-orientated food business will be interested in ‘Food Works’, a new comprehensive training and development programme launched today.

Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc have combined resources to design an in-depth process aimed at finding and fostering global food entrepreneurs. Successful participants will be given a range of practical business supports required to develop an initial concept into a winning food product with international appeal. The available supports will include consumer market research, business plan development, technical advice, commercial viability testing in addition to access to incubation units, research and development (R&D) facilities and possible investors.

Speaking at the launch today the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD said: “Food Works is a unique opportunity for ambitious and determined new food entrepreneurs to build great food businesses. The Food Harvest 2020 report highlighted entrepreneurship as essential to building a truly successful indigenous food industry and the importance of developing and nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship. Our target of growing food exports by 50pc to reach €12 bn before 2020 is ambitious; it requires huge commitment by private and public interests.  Food Works is an example of development agencies working together in a new way to improve the climate and opportunities for growth and I look forward to it fostering new food businesses with high potential for development.”

Ideal candidates

Food Works is open to all determined and energetic individuals with an interest in building an international food business in Ireland. The programme is designed for new food entrepreneurs who have ambitious scalable, ideas or export plans.  Candidates may apply on an individual basis, as part of a team or a company if it has been in existence for less than two years.

Five stages

The first stage of Food Works is centered around three open call information evenings taking place in Tayto Park, Ashbourne, Co Meath on Monday, 26 March; Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on Wednesday, 28 and UCC (Western Gateway Building), Cork on Thursday, 29 March. At these sessions, attendees will gain a better understanding of the programme and how to get involved; meet with representatives from Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc and hear from inspirational Irish food entrepreneurs such as Ray Coyle, Largo Foods (Tayto), Mary Ann O’Brien, Lily O’Briens chocolates and Michael Carey, Chairman, Bord Bia and The Company of Food.

In April, additional interactive workshops and information evenings will be held where Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc will share their insight and expertise on how to review export markets, examine consumer trends and provide technical advice. Interested parties will then be asked to submit a detailed online application before Monday, 14 May.

In June, a panel with representatives from Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc and experienced food entrepreneurs will conduct one-to-one interviews to select 30 successful applicants who will receive one to one mentoring; consumer insight consultancy; R&D assistance and a €5,000 feasibility grant. All concepts and ideas will be stress-tested with consumers in Ireland and key overseas markets. Following this process, 15 participants will move forward to the final stage to develop an investor ready business plan.

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3
Mar 12

Part Time Job And Holiday Job News

Whitbread has announced that it will create up to 10,000 full or part time hospitality jobs in the United Kingdom and Ireland before the end of 2015.

The Whitbread group includes the likes of Costa Coffee and Premier Inn, companies that have both performed very well over the last couple of years. The continued success of the brands, along with other Whitbread names such as Beefeater and Brewers Fayre, will add thousands of new hospitality jobs to the economy of the UK over the next three years.

In the last year Whitbread has filled 2,500 new vacancies and they don’t expect the trend to stop any time soon as they report impressive sales and profit figures.

Andy Harrison, chief executive of Whitbread gave his reasons for the recent success of the Whitbread family of companies: “Premier Inn has outperformed its competitive set, benefiting from our commitment to maintain our hotels to a consistent high standard. Our scale, strong balance sheet and good returns enable us to continue to expand in line with our plans and win share of the hotel market.”

This continued expansion is what is driving the recruitment levels of the company thus providing so many thousands of full and part time hospitality jobs over the next few years.

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29
Feb 12

Jobs will flow from Belview Water scheme