First Ireland Spirits


Membership approved until 1st May 2018

Business Background

Sector
Beverages

Product Range
Feeney's Irish Cream Liqueur – a blend of single malt Irish whiskey and Irish cream, The Dubliner Irish Whiskey – a range of classic-style Irish whiskeys, bourbon cask aged, O'Mara's Country Cream – the leading country cream in the US, Brogan's Irish Cream – a blend of fresh cream, oak aged Irish whiskey and rich chocolate, O'Casey's Irish Cream and a full range of bespoke B2B and contract packs for the world's leading providers.

Specialists In
Whiskey, liqueur, and Irish cream liqueur.

 

 

Established in 1992, First Ireland Spirits is the leading independent producer of Irish cream, made in the heart of Ireland in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.

It has a passion for quality, service and taste, with award-winning products enjoyed in over 100 countries around the world. O’Mara’s Country Cream is the leading country cream in the US, while O’Casey’s Irish Cream is the second-largest selling standard Irish cream in Canada. The company also crafts a full range of bespoke B2B and contract packs for some of the world’s leading providers.

First Ireland Spirits became part of the Quintessential Brands Group in 2014 and has since invested over €3m in expanding its production capabilities. It currently employs 64 people on its Abbeyleix site.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Raw Material Sourcing

  • Source raw materials from suppliers with accredited sustainability credentials in place.

Manufacturing Processes

  • Reduce electricity by 8% by the end of 2016. Actual reductions achieved equalled a 25% decrease in electricity use.
  • Reduce use of oil by 12% by the end of 2016. Actual reductions achieved equalled a 17.5% reduction.
  • Reduce water usage by 8% by the end of 2016. Actual reduction achieved equalled a 16% reduction.
  • Decrease the amount of liquid waste produced by 20%. Actual reductions achieved totalled a 49% decrease.

Social Sustainability

  • To promote employee health, First Ireland Spirits intend to set up a 5-aside football league within the factory. This will encourage staff to get active and also provide a social outlet where staff can get fit, burn calories and relieve stress. The company will support this financially by helping to pay for the rent of local AstroTurf facilities.
  • To encourage a healthier diet amongst employees by providing a fruit bowl in the staff canteen.

Unique Selling Points

First Spirits is Ireland’s leading independent producer of Irish cream with a global reach of over 100 countries and has contracts with some of the world’s largest retailers and brand groups.

In addition, First Spirits Ireland possesses full-service solutions for research, product development, production, bottling, export and logistics.

Not only does it have leading technical expertise, it supports the Irish industry with locally sourced raw materials.

Awards & Accreditations

  • Silver – San Francisco Awards 2014/2016
  • Gold – The Spirits Business 2007
  • Platinum – Sip Awards 2015
  • Silver – San Francisco Awards 2014/2016
  • Double Gold – The Spirits Business 2012
  • Gold – The Spirits Business 2012
  • Gold – San Francisco Awards 2014

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