Java Republic brews up a big deal to acquire Bandon firm

October 18th, 2020 7:10 AM

By Southern Star Team

David Swinburne of FitzGerald Legal & Advisory, Skibbereen & Cork, who provided advisory services and Sinead McNamara, who provided legal services, with Caroline and Kieran.

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IRISH roaster and distributor Java Republic has acquired Cork-based The Island Beverage Company for an undisclosed sum.

The company, which is the exclusive distributor for Java Republic in Cork, Kerry and Limerick regions, was founded in Bandon in 2004. Under the deal, the existing management team and all employees are to join Java.

Caroline and Kieran White, seated, centre, owners of the Island Beverage Company which has now been acquired by Java Republic in Dublin. They are surrounded by
Bandon-based management, office, quality and training staff and technicians, all of whom will be remaining on to serve their customers under the new arrangement.


‘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,’ said Grace O’Shaughnessy, managing director of Java Republic.

Spanish coffee company Cafento acquired a majority stake in Java last year. Founded 21 years ago, Java is one of Ireland’s best-known coffee roasters, having brought the world’s first carbon neutral roastery to Ireland to supply coffee to more than 1,200 offices, hotel groups, cafes and corporate catering services.

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