Friday 20 October 2017

Lemonade stall with a twist

Roisin Burke

LESS than two years in existence, luxury lemonade maker DP Connolly & Sons is drinking in new markets.

"We are looking at €1m turnover for this year," said Brendan Murphy of the soft drinks firm, "and we're currently selling 40,000 to 50,000 bottles a month.

"Some 20 per cent of our business is export and we are looking to double that in the coming 12 months," he added.

The company was started by Denis and Barry Connolly and Brendan Murphy, when they spotted a gap in the market for Irish-made premium cordials and soft drinks with all natural ingredients.

Much of the fruit for their lemonades, juices and cordials comes from their own trees, including a 1,000-tree organic elderflower orchard.

Based at Shanahoe House, Co Laois, the company has 60 accounts with stockists in the London area and over 100 throughout Ireland and Britain, including Selfridges and Peyton & Byrne in England and Avoca, Kilkenny, McCambridge's, Fallon & Byrne and Morton's at home.

DP Connolly & Sons' core product is its drinks range, which is available in 11 flavours, but it has branched out to offer jams, sweets and crisps and even posh porridge.

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