Mullingar company supporting craft beer industry wins national award

A Mullingar-based company, which has been supporting the independent craft beer industry in Ireland and abroad, has won the overall award at the National Enterprise Awards.

Bevcraft Group provides mobile canning and related ‘craft can’ products and services to craft beverage producers.

Started in 2016, the business now operates from four facilities across Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands and is the largest such business in Europe.

Set up by school friends Darren Fenton and Ciarán Gorman, Bevcraft currently handles over 20 million cans a year.

Dareen Fenton and Ciarán Gorman

Mobile canning

The Bevcraft Group is a specialist process and packaging business primarily focused on craft and artisan beverage producers.

The two entrepreneurs felt that there was no need to tie up a brewer’s valuable capital, staff time or floor space with a canning line that demands constant usage to pay its way, or which might prove to be too small or too big for future needs.

They set up the company to provide cans with a client’s choice of branding, all necessary equipment and labour.

The company also provides services for producers of other beverages such as mixed spirits; coffees; seltzers; and teas. 

Packaging

Bevcraft also trades as ‘Packsource’ which wholesales specialised handling and packaging materials.

It has the capacity to prepare branded containers with shrink sleeves and labels in a wide range of formats and volumes.

There are 18 staff currently working at Bevcraft with expansion plans to raise this to 30 by next year.

National Enterprise Awards

The Mullingar duo competed against 29 other finalists in the National Enterprise Awards, for a prize fund totaling €50,000.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the awards took place as part of an online live ceremony from Dublin’s Mansion House last evening (Thursday, February 12).