Java Republic has announced its acquisition in full of The Island Beverage Company, Java Republic’s exclusive Distributor in the South West.

The deal will see the existing management team and all employees join Java Republic and continue working with customers in the South West.

Established 16 years ago, The Island Beverage Company employs 8 people in the South West with its headquarters in Bandon. Led by Kieran White, The Island Beverage Company is the exclusive distributor of Java Republic in the South West for Cork, Kerry and West Limerick regions.

Since May 2019, Java Republic has owned by Cafento, one of Spain’s largest coffee companies.

Managing Director of Java Republic, Grace O’Shaughnessy, said: “We are delighted to be acquiring The Island Beverage Company, our exclusive Distributor in the South West. We are committed to the coffee market in Ireland and this represents a fantastic opportunity to further our all island approach and invest for growth. Despite the challenges presented by COVID 19, we believe the Irish market represents an exciting opportunity for us and for Cafento as our parent company.

“In acquiring The Island Beverage Company, we will strengthen our relationship with our customers in the South West, ensuring we can continue to deliver the same excellent service and support. For our customers in the South West and beyond this is a clear statement of our commitment to them and a further demonstration of our all island approach to serving customers with a fantastic premium coffee experience.”

Kieran White, MD of The Island Beverage Company, said: “We are delighted that the Island Beverage Company team will be joining Java Republic. We have been working in partnership for many years and today’s announcement will allow us to bring our local knowledge and sectoral expertise to Java Republic. Given the opportunities that joining Java Republic and Cafento presents, we believe now is an optimal time to join forces.”

Founded more than 20 years ago, Java Republic supplies coffee to over 1,200 of the country’s most high-profile offices, hotel groups, cafés and corporate catering services.

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