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Outstanding Small Business Category 2024 / Winner

Drink Botanicals Ireland
Drink Botanicals Ireland Winner in the Outstanding Small Business category

Drink Botanicals Ireland (DBI) specialises in premium dried garnishes and natural-based syrups, catering to both B2B and B2C markets. DBI supplies hundreds of retailers, bars, restaurants, hotels, and bakeries, offering a convenient, sustainable, and high-quality solution. With a minimum shelf life of two years, their ready-to-use dried garnishes eliminate fruit waste and the laborious task of cutting and dehydrating fruit, elevating the presentation and flavour of cocktails and food dishes. DBI’s pulp-based, cold-produced syrups provide a healthier alternative without compromising taste or flavour. The company’s reach extends beyond Irish borders, with successful export ventures to the UK, USA, and, more recently, the Middle East. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, Drink Botanicals Ireland is dedicated to enhancing the beverage and food service industry both locally and internationally.

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Outstanding Small Business Category 2024 / Finalists

Funky Monkey Foods
Funky Monkey Foods Finalists in the Outstanding Small Business and Workplace Wellbeing categories

Funky Monkey Foods are a small family run food production company. We currently produce a Chinese style curry sauce mix and a salt and chilli spice bag seasoning. We are also in the process of releasing a Singapore chow mein mix. All cooking, packing and recipe development is carried out here on site. In 2016 I started selling food on Facebook to earn extra cash to put my daughter through college. From there I entered the SuperValu Food Academy and got some of my products into SuperValu. In 2019 I entered the Grow with Aldi program and secured a contract with Aldi Ireland. From using my own kitchen to shared kitchens, I now have my very own premises in Finglas. We supply Aldi Ireland under the Bramwells brand and SuperValu under the Funky Monkey brand nationwide. We have four employees here working on site, one accountant based in Donegal who looks after all our bookkeeping, accounts, and salaries. We have one more guy on the road doing van sales, delivering into SuperValu stores. K & K Produce delivers our products into Aldi distribution centres in Naas and Mitchelstown.

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Irish Socksciety
Irish Socksciety Finalists in the Outstanding Small Business category

Irish Socksciety is the first and leading socks brand in Ireland. Specializing in high quality, sustainable, unisex socks.
Inspired by the Irish craic, culture, language and landscape the company has created a large community around the product in Ireland and worldwide.
Irish Socksciety supplies to approximately 200 retailers, offers socks subscriptions online and specializes in bespoke design socks for corporate clients.

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Jack Murphy Clothing
Jack Murphy Clothing Finalists in the Outstanding Small Business category

At Jack Murphy, we create beautiful, purposeful clothing that is made to last. Committed to slow fashion, our design incorporates a modern twist with traditional styles to create a look that is sophisticated and timeless.

What began as a small corsetry business, Jack Murphy is now a premium outerwear brand with global distribution. A modern take on Irish heritage with 75% womenswear market, we pride ourselves on quality fabrics and focusing on tailoring in every piece. As a third generation family business, our values remain the same; luxury clothing that feels like home, an investment purchase that is made to be worn.

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Nutty Delights
Nutty Delights Finalists in the Outstanding Small Business category

Nutty Delights is Dublin’s premier destination for gourmet nuts, dried fruits, and health-conscious snacking options. As Ireland’s first and only specialty retailer in this niche, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of ethically and sustainably sourced products. Our commitment to quality and environmental responsibility shines through in every aspect of our business, from our vibrant stores in Georges Street Arcade and Jervis Centre to our dynamic e-commerce platform. Nutty Delights is more than a brand; it’s a community dedicated to delicious, guilt-free indulgence.

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Zingibeer Finalists in the Outstanding Small Business category

Zingibeer is at the forefront of a new style of alcoholic ginger beer, offering the perfect balance of fiery ginger, refreshing lemon zest, uniquely blended botanicals, and a 'just right' level of sweetness Our multi-award-winning premium ginger beer boasts all natural ingredients, no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and is gluten free and vegan friendly. Founder Kevin Byrne, with over two decades in food manufacturing, transformed his home brewing passion into Zingibeer alongside his daughter and co-founder Rachel, a former business banker with a flair for SMEs and a love for food & beverage. Together, they navigated the pandemic's challenges to perfect an innovative ginger beer recipe, blending their expertise in brewing and branding into the heart of Zingibeer.

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Be contacted in September, when applications open for 2025