US Retail Giants “Check Out” Irish Products 

Pictured left-to-right: Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Terry Frey, Corporate Vice-President, Kroger USA, Frank Ryan, CEO, Enterprise Ireland and Stuart McCready, Country Manager USA, Zip Firelighters
Pictured left-to-right: Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Terry Frey, Corporate Vice-President, Kroger USA, Frank Ryan, CEO, Enterprise Ireland and Stuart McCready, Country Manager USA, Zip Firelighters.

Minister Bruton and Enterprise Ireland Showcase Irish Consumer Products to Walgreens, Ahold, HEB and Kroger

Senior executives from America’s largest retail chains are in Dublin with Enterprise Ireland today (Monday 3rd September 2012) to view Irish consumer products with particular potential for large-scale distribution in the American retail market.  Between them, these US retail chains have 11,000 stores and sales valued at $182bn per year.

The US delegation being hosted by Enterprise Ireland includes the presidents and vice presidents of major US retail chains Walgreens/Duane Reade, Ahold, HEB and Kroger.  They will meet with 17 leading Irish consumer products companies and the products on show include food & beverages, baby care, household, healthcare and tourism products as well as Nualight’s innovative retail lighting products.

The visit represents tremendous potential for Irish companies to break into the top retail chains in the United States and significantly boost their international sales. 

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr Richard Bruton T.D., who met the delegation this morning, said:

“Central to the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is to ensure greater access for Irish companies to real and practical opportunities to break into new markets and grow their exports.  The delegation taking part in this Enterprise Ireland initiative are the most senior representatives from America’s leading retail chains.  In a very practical way, it offers a significant opportunity for these innovative Irish companies to showcase their products and hopefully secure shelf space on as many of those 11,000 stores as possible.”

Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland added:

“To have such senior representatives from these leading US’s retail giants is a major coup for Ireland and Irish products.  Between them, the visiting delegates represent over 11,000 retail stores in the US.  To achieve a listing with any one of these US retail giants is a massive boost for any of these Irish consumer goods companies.  It represents a major move into the US market, and a huge international endorsement for their products.”


Note to Editors:

Today’s event has been organised in conjunction with the Global Market Development Centre (GMDC) Irish Retailer Market Study Visit 2012.  GMDC is the non-profit global trade association supporting general merchandise and health beauty wellness retailers, wholesalers and suppliers.

Details on each of the US and Irish companies participating are below.

For further information contact:

Paula Chase
Press Officer
Enterprise Ireland

Paula Chase
+353 1 7272842


  • 7840 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 
  • $72.2bn total US sales
  • Ranked #1 largest drug retailing chain in the US.
  • Purchased Duane Read, the No.1 regional drug chain in New York City.


  • 337 stores in Texas and Mexico
  • $18bn total US sales
  • Ranked #13 in Super Market News Top 75.

Kroger Company:

  • 2,500 stores
  • €70bn annual sales. 
  • Banner Names: Baker’s City, City Market, Dillons, Dillons Marketplace, Food 4 Less, Fry’s, Fry’s Marketplace, Gerbes, Hilander, Harold’s Jay C, Jay C Foods, Kessels, King Soopers, King Scoopers Marketplace, Kroger, Kroger Marketplace, Kroger Sav-on, Owen’s, Payless Market, Price Rite, QFC, Scott’s, Smith’s, Smith’s Marketplace, Tom Thumb.

Ahold USA

  • Divisions include – Giant Carlisle (184 stores), Giant Landover (175 stores), Stop & Shop (397 stores)
  • $22bn total US sales.
  • Ranked #6 in Super Market News Top 75


Auld Sod

Auld Sod creates distinctive, hand-crafted Irish sourced products that evoke an emotional connection to the earth and the soil itself.  The company produces and markets its Irish soil under its official Irish Dirt brand.  


Flahavan’s are the largest oat miller in Ireland and is Ireland’s leading producer of top quality oat based products for the retail, wholesale and export sectors.  The company has listings in all the major multiples in Northern Ireland and in Tesco ASDA, Waitrose and others selling into the UK since 2003. 

Handy Baby Products Ltd / Clevamama

Founded by working mums Martina Delaney and Suzanne Browne in 2003, Clevamama manufactures innovative baby care products designed to make the experience of caring for infants and young children easier, safer and healthier.

Irish Breeze

Ireland’s only manufacturer of cotton wool.  Products include Irish Breeze cotton wool, Irish Breeze soaps and a new range of baby care products under the brand name ‘Babykind’.

J Donohoe Beverages

J Donohoe Beverages manufacture and bottle beverages for over 135 years including West Coast Cooler.  In 2010 the Group established a new nutrition business that currently manufactures a range of functional sports and lifestyle beverages. 

The Jelly Bean Planet

The Jelly Bean Factory manufactures an extensive range of gourmet jelly beans and sell to a global market both branded and private label products.  Exports account for over 96% of total turnover with major markets in the UK, Western Europe, Canada & USA and The Middle East.

John Hinde Ltd

John Hinde Ireland specialises in personalised and unique product concepts for the high street retail, toy, gift and tourist destinations, together with custom and private label products.  Established in 1956 it has been at the forefront of developing and promoting Irish tourism for 5 decades.  The company has established operations in both the UK and USA.

Kilkenny Nutritional Beverages

Established in 2002 by the Queally Group Ltd, manufacturer of functional drinks – infant juices, sports nutrition drinks and pharmaceutical based products.  

Lily O’Briens

One of Ireland’s best loved chocolatiers. 

LLR-G5 Ltd

Manufacturers of Organic Silicon G5, a form of supplemental silicon to aid the immune system and connective tissue, cardiovascular and brain health.  G5 is distributed all over the world from Castlebar, Co Mayo.


Nualight is the only LED lighting company in the world that specialises exclusively in accent lighting for food retail displays.  Nualight partners with the world’s leading retailers to create more profitable and sustainable food displays.  

Oglesby & Butler

Oglesby & Butler produce butane-powered tools that are used the world over under the Portasol brand name.  In 2008, its technology expanded into the vaporizer market IOLITE portable vaporizer.  Products are designed and manufactured at the manufacturing plant in Carlow.  


Ovelle, Dundalk, produces its own skincare ranges in fully integrated research and manufacturing facility where scientists work to combine advances in skincare with Ovelle’s long tradition in dermatology.  

Punch Industries

Punch Industries manufactures specialist cleaning and protecting products for shoes, clothing and household surfaces.  It has 3 major product categories, comprising of some 36 brands and 1,500 individual product lines covering shoe care, fabric care and home care including Colour Catcher and Keep it White products. 

Slendertone / Bio Medical Research Ltd

Slendertone products are designed, manufactured and marketed by BMR (Bio Medical Research) Ltd an international company headquartered in Galway.  Slendertone is a world leader in products that improve muscle tone and body shape and has sold over 5.2 million toning belts worldwide.  

Standard Brands (ZIP)

Leading producer of domestic fire products, including firelighters, firelogs, BBQ fuels and ancillary products.  The products are marketed under the brand names ZIP, Sunny Jim and Drummer as well as private label brands.  

Viviscal/ Lifes2Good

Healthcare company, Lifes2good, markets and distributes a wide range of natural health, beauty and lifestyle products through both direct marketing and retail channels.  Product categories include skincare, thinning hair, pain relief and weight management.