Merrys bring Christmas cheer to local economy

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

A Clonmel-based drinks company recently scooped three prestigious awards in recognition of the range and quality of its products.

Merrys won two silver medals for Merrys Irish Cream Liqueur and Merrys White Chocolate Cream at the IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Competition) awards ceremony in London, while Merrys Irish Cream was the only Irish cream that was successful at the Blas na hEireann awards in Dingle, when it received a silver award in the spirits category.

“These international awards for Merrys products and service are a unique contribution towards building the Merrys brand in 30 countries around the world and particularly in the United States, where there’s great recognition and support for the quality of Irish cream liqueurs”, stated Caron Duffy, sales and marketing; Rita Kennedy, warehouse manager and Catherine Ryan, quality manager, on behalf of the company.

Merrys employs 35 people and is one of Clonmel’s leading export companies, servicing importers and distributors in 30 countries from the United States to Australia, and Sweden and Iceland in Northern Europe to South Africa.

In 1998 the company was recognised as the Best Enterprise by the South Tipperary Enterprise Board and reached the final of the Irish National Enterprise Awards.

Merrys has also received an A Grade from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), a lead trade association representing the whole range of retailers, from the large multiples and department stores through to independents, that sell a wide selection of products through centre of town, out of town, rural and virtual stores.

The company’s mission statement of Simplicity with Excellence, and using only the finest traditional, natural ingredients while employing the most exacting modern standards of processing and quality control, has been acknowledged by 73 international awards and exhibits at global trade fairs in European countries including France and Germany, as well as the United States.

A family-run business, Merrys is based at the Cashel Road in Clonmel and is part of the Gleeson Group, Ireland’s leading supplier/distributor of wines, beers, spirits and the award-winning Tipperary Natural Mineral Water.