Seeing is believing event at Costcutter Bishopstown

Football Legends support Campaign


Free eye tests were made available for over 55s at O’Brien’s Costcutter/Amber forecourt on the Bandon Road in Bishopstown last Thursday 28 September.

The health initiative is part of a campaign by the Fighting Blindness charity to tackle age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness for those aged over 50 in Ireland.

A mobile testing van was on the Costcutter forecourt between 10.00am and 6.00pm on September 28th.

Irish football legend Ronnie Whelan and Danny O’Carroll of Mrs Brown’s Boys were supporting the AMD Awareness Week campaign. Jim Barry, Barry Group Managing Director, is also backing this important healthcare initiative.

Over 7,000 new cases of age-related macular degeneration are diagnosed every year in Ireland, often at a stage when damage has already been caused to vision. Early diagnosis is important to allow for treatment and prevent further deterioration.

Anthony O’Brien of Costcutter in Bishopstown says the busy forecourt is a popular local stop, and that the Costcutter team is spreading the word about the eye testing campaign.

“Bringing free testing to the over 55s in their local community is a great initiative and we’re delighted to support this important awareness campaign”, the local store owner said.

The large forecourt site is established as a hub of the Bishopstown community and is an essential stop for commuters on the busy Bandon Road. The state-of-the-art service station, recently named Forecourt of the Year in the Costcutter National Awards, offers fuel, a café, bakery, a full off-licence, deli, fresh foods and grocery, as well as ample parking and car wash facilities.

Costcutter is one of Ireland’s fastest growing retail groups of recent years. There are now over 125 locally owned stores in communities countrywide, with the retail brand serviced by the Mallow-based Barry Group.

At the announcement of the new Fighting Blindness campaign, Jim Barry of the Barry Group said that local retailers like Anthony and Michelle O’Brien are consistently customer focussed.

“Local store owners like the O’Brien’s put the community and their customers first, as their support for National AMD Week shows, and this dedication is evident right throughout this award-winning store”, the retail boss said.



All the winners from the 2017 Barry Group Store of the Year Awards

The 2017 Barry Group Store of the Year awards were held in Dublin's City West Hotel on Tuesday the 5th of September. The awards crowned the best stores across the Costcutter and Carry Out brands and also held the 2017 Supplier of the Year awards.

Earlier that day, Barry group's 'Survive or Thrive' conference was held with keynote speaker Ken Hughes proving to be a big draw. Managing Director of Barry Group Jim Barry address delegates and spoke of his vision for the year ahead and the challenges that Barry Group were determined to meet in the coming year.

Costcutter Awards:

Outstanding Customer Service: Sadie Keane, Costcutter Kinvara, Galway. Josie McCardle, Costcutter Taylors Lane, Dublin. Mary McMahon Kilmihill, Clare.


Best Fresh Produce 3rd place – Costcutter Ballybofey

Best Fresh Produce 2nd place – Costcutter Baile na Habann, Galway

Best Fresh Produce 1st place – Costcutter Mountrath

Best Deli 3rd – Costcutter Punches Cross Limerick

Best Deli 2nd place – Costcutter Ballybofey

Best Deli 1st place – Costcutter Tipp Town, Limerick Road

Best Forecourt 3rd place – Costcutter Charleville

Best Forecourt 2nd place – Costcutter Tipp Town Limerick road

Best Forecourt 1st place – O’Briens Costcutter Bishopstown

Costcutter Best Butchery Costcutter Ballinasloe

Best Bakery Costcutter Birr

Costcutter Overall wine store of the year 3rd place – Costcutter Phibsboro

Costcutter Overall wine store of the year 2nd place – Costcutter Killimor Galway

Costcutter Overall wine store of the year 1st place – Costcutter Roslevan

Costcutter Off Licence of the year 3rd place – Costcutter Birr

Costcutter Off Licence of the year 2nd place – Costcutter Foynes Limerick

Costcutter Off Licence of the year 1st place – Costcutter Mountrath

Costcutter Convenience Store of the year. 3rd – Costcutter Dorset Street Dublin

Costcutter Convenience Store of the year. 2nd – O’Briens Costcutter Bishopstown

Costcutter Convenience Store of the year. 1st – Costcutter Clonard

Foodmarket store of the year 3rd – Cosctutter BAILE NA HABHANN, POST OFFICE, CO GALWAY

Foodmarket store of the year 2nd – Costcutter Kilmihill Co Clare.

Foodmarket store of the year 1st – Costcutter Killimor Galway

Supermarket store of the year 3rd – Costcutter Carndonagh

Supermarket store of the year 2nd – Costcutter Roslevan

Supermarket store of the year 1st – Costcutter Ballybofey

Overall Costcutter store of the year Costcutter Ballybofey


Carry Out Store of the Year Awards

South West Region Winner - Carry Out Newcastle West


West Regional winner - Carry Out Tullamore

South East Regional Winner - Carry Out Carrigaline

East Regional Winner - Carry Out Tyrellstown

Best Spirit Store - Carry Out Carrigaline

Best Craft Beer Store - Carry Out Clongriffin

Best Wine Store - Carry Out Kilcullen

Customer Service of the Year - Carry Out Mallow

Express Store of the Year - Carry Out Ennis

Overall Carry Out Store of the Year - Carry Out Tyrellstown


Supplier of the Year awards

Best Ambient Supplier: Unilever


Best Alcohol Supplier: Molson Coors


Best Chill and Fresh Supplier: Manor Farm

Best Innovation Supplier: Diageo

Best Central Billing Supplier: Green Isle

Best Retail Support Supplier: Suntory

Overall Supplier of the Year: Unilever




Costcutter & Barry Group team up with the Keith Duffy Foundation


This is about directly supporting the people on the ground, the children and their families living with serious illness and disability, whose critical needs are just not being met, Keith Duffy says of his latest new charity initiative, the Keith Duffy Foundation.

The Foundation, one of the first charities to be registered compliant with the new Charities Regulatory Authority, this week signed up convenience store group Costcutter as its first corporate partner.

“We want to go direct to the people in need, helping individuals, families and schools, in particular, so that funds raised make a real and immediate difference. Our aim is to be efficient fundraisers, not a bureaucratic organisation”, Keith Duffy told the Costcutter retail group.

Jim Barry, managing director of Barry Group which services the independent Costcutter stores, says that practical local support for good causes appeals greatly to the local store owners.

“Costcutter is the locally owned store at the heart of communities and, as such, can tap into the generosity of people who want to contribute locally to good causes. We’re delighted to partner with the Keith Duffy foundation, the foundation shares the same values as Costcutter at a local level, so we believe it will be a very strong fundraising channel and it will provide some much needed help to those in need”, the retail boss said.

Speaking at the charity partnership launch at a Costcutter conference in Athlone, Keith Duffy said that his 14 years’ experience fundraising for autism was being put to very good use with the new Foundation, aimed at providing practical support and financial assistance to chosen children’s charities across the country.

One of the first fundraisers under the Costcutter banner will be a Father & Son Run in both Cork and Dublin this coming June, with Costcutter owners and staff taking part alongside the public and collection boxes in all stores.

Over €8 million was raised for Irish Autism Action during Keith Duffy’s time as the organisation’s patron, through a variety of events including The Keith Duffy Ball, Blue Nose Day, Keith Duffy 5k in the Phoenix Park, and the Connemarathon.

Autism is among the causes Keith Duffy Foundation supports; a charity of choice for the celebrity and his wife Lisa, since their daughter Mia was first diagnosed with the disorder at 18 months old.


Critically ill children and young people, and those with disability or learning difficulties, are the focus of the new charity foundation, which will host a number of high-profile annual events. These include the Keith Duffy Ball and Golf Classic, as well as smaller events, including promoting local fundraisers for chosen charities around Ireland.

Sponsors of TV3’s award-winning Red Rock series, Costcutter is one of Ireland’s fastest growing retail groups of recent years. There are now over 130 locally owned stores in communities countrywide.

Jim Barry also congratulated Keith Duffy on his tireless charity work, saying that the Barry Group had supported many of the star’s Irish Autism Action fundraisers and never failed to be impressed by his professionalism.

A presenter, actor and musician, Keith Duffy is best known for his music career as part of boy-band Boyzone and acting roles on Coronation Street, The Clinic and Fair City.

He has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, in recognition of his work as a campaigner for children with autism, and was also named Philanthropist of the Year in 2013.

The Barry Group has been in the food and drinks wholesale business for over 60 years, supplying around 1,000 retail customers, including the independently owned retail franchises Costcutter, Carry Out, and Quik Pick, which are owned and operated by the Mallow-based Group.



Barry Group announced as one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies!


Pictured from left to right; Paul Roche - Head of Inside Sales, Edwina Lucey - Sales Director, Jim Barry - Managing Director and Paul Fitzgerald - Finance Director

Company receives award for seventh time

Barry Group has been named as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance was recognised at an awards gala dinner in Dublin on 3 March 2017.

The awards event in Dublin’s Convention Centre marked the ninth year of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies awards programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland. The awards were attended by over 900 people from the Irish business community.

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance. The network of 127 Best Managed Companies now employs over 60,000 people around the country and has a combined turnover of almost €11bn. Recognising the importance of overseas markets for Irish companies, the Best Managed Companies also recorded an average growth in sales of 44% over the last three years.

Commenting on the award, Barry Group Managing Director Jim Barry said; ‘We’re delighted to once again be recognised by Deloitte as a Best Managed Company. This award reflects the hard work done by our whole team in buying into our overall strategic plan and it’s a fantastic seal of approval for the whole company’.

Sixteen companies from around Ireland were awarded “Best Managed” status for the first time this year, following a detailed qualification and judging process. This took into consideration the complete performance of the business, looking beyond the finances at criteria such as operational excellence, strategy and human resource processes.

Seventeen companies were presented with a “gold standard” accolade having secured “Best Managed” status for four consecutive years. Eleven companies were also presented with a “platinum club” accolade having secured “Best Managed” status for seven consecutive years. An additional 83 companies re-qualified having upheld the standard of a Deloitte Best Managed Company, following a comprehensive review process.

Managing Partner of Deloitte and judging panel member, Brendan Jennings commented:

"Congratulations to all the 2017 winners. All the companies here tonight are at the end of a long process of evaluation, which makes their Best Managed designation even more rewarding and valuable as a marketing tool for their business. It is clear that these companies make an invaluable contribution to the Irish economy - employing 60,000 people and generating turnover of €11bn.”

Sasha Wiggins, CEO of Barclays Bank Ireland, added:

We believe that great people make the best companies. Behind this year’s winning companies are 60,000 people who combined have demonstrated absolute commitment to business excellence. The Barclays team is delighted to have had the opportunity to support this diverse range of inspiring companies in the development of their unique strategies and we wish them continued success in the future.”

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, is open to companies from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland. It is the only awards programme that considers a business’ performance from every perspective. Details of entry for the 2017/2018 programme will be issued in the coming months on The Best Managed designation is an important marketing tool for the winning companies – but, perhaps most importantly, the awards provide a reason to celebrate the efforts of the entire company.






Watch Highlights of Barry Group's Awards Night

The Annual Barry Group Awards night was held at Dublin's CityWest Hotel last month and proved to be an enormous success.

Hosted by Today FM's Anton Savage, the ceremony featured an address by Barry Group MD Jim Barry and featured the Carry Out STore of the Year awards for the first time.

View highlights below:



Barry Group takes home prestigious IAIR Award


Pictured at the IAIR Awards: Paul Roche, Head of Inside Sales & PR, Anne Edwards, Jim Barry MD Barry Group, Niamh Barry and Niall Hartnett HR Director Barry Group

Barry Group celebrated another major award this week after the company took home a prestigious IAIR award in London.

Managing Director Jim Barry accepted the award for Excellence of the Year in Innovation for Wholesale Distribution.

A celebration of excellence across varying industries, the Le Fonti IAIR Awards are held each year recognizing industry leaders in the fields of banking, business, economics, finance, sustainability, law, healthcare, insurance and e-commerce. This year, the London Gala & CEO Summit was held at the historic Church House Westminster, hosted by the influential journalist, Jenny Hammond of Sky.

‘We are thrilled to win this prestigious award’ said Jim Barry. ‘We are constantly challenging ourselves to be the best in everything we do and winning awards such as the IAIR confirms that we are on the right track. We use awards such as this as a way of pushing ourselves and constantly raising our standards’ Jim Barry told the packed Church House Westminster upon accepting the award.

The award caps off a tremendous year for the company having already been named as one of Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies and as a Great Place To Work. Jim Barry was also named in the top ten in the Entrepreneur of the Year category in the European Business Awards.

The Group have added 375 jobs this year with the opening of fifteen new Costcutter stores and 10 new Carry Out stores with aggressive plans to continue that expansion in 2017.



Barry Group Launch Employee Assistance Programme

Pictured at the launch of the Barry Group Employee Assitance Programme: Managing Director Jim Barry, HR Business Partner Deirdre Buckley, HR and Directors Administrator Avril Kavanagh and HR Director Niall Hartnett

Barry Group prides itself on being a Great Place To Work and the company have taken another step to ensure its team members have another service to assist them in the workplace.

Last week, Barry Group launched its new Employee Assistance Programme in conjunction with VHI. The programme offers a comprehensive service to team members and their families with specialist, legal and financial information along with telephone and face to face counselling being just some of the benefits available.

‘Our team are critical to our success. As a company we place enormous importance on the well-being of our team and having received feedback through our Great Place To Work survey, we feel the EAP programme addresses areas of concern for our team. It’s a programme that offers a wide range of services and it’s something we feel will be of great value to our team particularly as it’s available to our team members’ family too’ says Managing Director of Barry Group, Jim Barry.

‘It’s a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year service. It’s important to have someone to turn to when you need it and it’s important for us as a company to offer that service. Our working environment is something I take great pride in and the well-being of our team will always be central to Barry Group. I’m delighted we can now offer this support structure for anyone that may need it’ says Jim Barry.

‘The EAP is something that we felt as a company fitted in with our Great Place To Work ethos. I think it’s a great comfort to know this support system is there if you need it. A team member who is happy in their personal life is happier in their professional life and vice versa’ said Niall Hartnett, HR Director of Barry Group.

At the launch on the 23rd of September, team members were issued with an information booklet together with a wallet card containing the relevant contact details.



Barry Group MD Jim Barry outlines his vision for the year ahead at annual Awards Night

Pictured at the Barry Group annual Trade Show at City West Hotel: HR Director Niall Hartnett, Sales Director Edwina Lucey, Managing Director Jim Barry and Finance Director Paul Fitzgerald

Managing Director of Barry Group Jim Barry reflected on an enormously successful year for the company and mapped out his strategy for the coming year in a keynote address to attendees at the annual Barry Group awards night.

'We must constantly challenge ourselves to ensure we are offering our customers every conceviable advantage in order for them to thrive in the market' - Barry Group MD Jim Barry address attendees at the annual awards night.

Jim spoke of his pride at the continuing high standards across the Barry Group network and outlined the various projects Barry Group has in the pipeline for 2017.

He also spoke of the challenges facing retailers today and how every business must ask themselves difficult questions in order to survive and prosper.




All the winners from the Barry Group annual awards night

Barry Group enjoyed an enourmously successful Trade Show and Awards nigth recently at the CityWest Hotel in Dublin.

The awards night featured the Costcutter Store of the Year awards along with the Supplier of the Year Awards and for the first time; the Carry Out Store of the Year awards.

Barry Group MD Jim Barry delivered a keynote speech on the night which was hosted by Today FM's Anton Savage.

Jim reflected on a hugely successful year for Barry Group and outlined his vision for the company going forward into 2017 and beyond. A full list of winners can be viewed below:

Costcutter Store of the Year awards:

Customer Service Award:

Durkin's Costcutter Connemara

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Eoin Durkin Costcutter and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Best Forecourt

Amber Charleville:

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Wesley Morrissey Amber Charleville and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Best Food to Go:

O'Brien's Costcutter Bishopstown

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Anthony O'Brien, O'Brien's Bishopstown and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Best Fresh Produce:

Carroll's Costcutter Mountrath

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Account Manager Alan Hogan and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Off Licence of the Year - Bronze:

Ml Mc Donagh – Connemara

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Account Manager Gerard Burke and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Off Licence of the Year - Silver:

Fitzparticks Costcutter Kilmihil

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Micheal Fitzpatrick Costcutter and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Off Licence of the Year - Gold:

Thomas Cunningham Mountbellew

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Tomas Cunningham Costcutter and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Best Wine Department:

Liddy's Costcutter Mill Road

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Tomas Cunningham Costcutter and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Convenience Store of the Year - Bronze:

Skelly's Costcutter Cavan

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Judy and Peter Skelly and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Convenience Store of the Year - Silver:

Stafford's Costcutter

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Jennifier Martin - Stafford's and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Convenience Store of the Year - Gold:

Fitzpatrick's Costcutter Kilmihil

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Micheal and Josephine Fitzpatrick, Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey and Coscutter Head of Sales Noel Brady

Foodmarket Store of the Year - Bronze:

Concannon's Costcutter Kilimor

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Brendan Concannon, Maria Concannon, Ray Byrnes and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Foodmarket Store of the Year - Silver:

Cunningham's Costcutter Mountbellow

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Tomas Cunningham Costcutter and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Foodmarket Store of the Year - Gold:

Mc Donaghadh's Conemarra

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Account Manager Gerard Burke, Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey and Costcutter Head of Sales Noel Brady

Supermarket Store of the Year - Bronze:

Doherty's Ballbofey

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Michael and Susan Doherty and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Supermarket Store of the Year - Silver:

Liddy's Costcutter Rosslevan

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Tom Liddy and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Supermarket Store of the Year - Gold:

Doherty's Costcutter Carndonagh

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Susan, Michael, Ronan and Niamh Doherty, Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey and Costcutter Head os Sales Noel Brady

Carry Out Store of the Year awards

North-East Regional Winner: Peter Reynolds Clongriffin, Dublin

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Peter Reynolds and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

South-West: Barry Galvin, Carragline

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Barry Galvin and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

South-East: Declan Downey, Tramore

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Declan Downey and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

North-West: Michael Heffernan. Tipp Town

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Michael and Donagh Heffernan and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Craft Beer Store of the Year: Kevin O’Brien, CarryOut Tyrellstown

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Kevin O'Brien and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Spirit Store of the Year: Barry Galvin, Carragline

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Barry Galvin and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Customer Service of the Year: Michael Heffernan and Donagh Heffernan Carry Out Tipp Town

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Michael and Donagh Heffernan and Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Express Store of the Year: Brendan O’Keeffe, Carry Out Ennis

Overall Carry Out Store of the Year: Peter Reynolds, Carry Out Clongriffin

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Peter Reynolds, Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey and Carry Out Head of Sales David O'Keeffe

Barry Group Supplier of the Year awards:

Best Ambient Supplier - Largo Foods

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Barry Filgate - Largo Foods and Barry Group Finance Director Paul Fitzgerald

Best Alochol Supplier - Diageo

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with David Hyland - Diageo and Barry Group Finance Director Paul Fitzgerald

Best Chill & Fresh Supplier - K&K Produce

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Deirdre Kennedy - K&K and Barry Group Finance Director Paul Fitzgerald

Best Frozen Supplier - Unilever HB

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Richard Finnegan - Unilever HB and Barry Group Finance Director Paul Fitzgerald

Most Engaging Supplier - Molson Coors

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Mark Creevy - Molson Coors and Barry Group Finance Director Paul Fitzgerald

Best Innovation - Valeo

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Pat Cusbert - Valeo and Barry Group Finance Director Paul Fitzgerald

Overall Supplier of the Year

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Michael and Thomas Kennedy - K&K, Barry Group Head of Buying Kieran O'Farrell and Barry Group Finance Director Paul Fitzgerald




Costcutter and Carryout stores have created 375 new jobs so far in 2016


Barry Group MD Jim Barry

Barry Group, which owns and operates Costcutter and Carryout stores, has created 375 new jobs so far this year. The expansion came as the group opened 15 new Costcutter stores and 10 Carry Out off-licences. More than half of these retailers previously traded as independent outlets, or under another franchise brand.

Jim Barry, Managing Director of the Barry Group reports that demand for these retail outlets has been fuelled by an upswing in consumer spending and more people being employed. "The Barry Group will have supported the opening of the almost 15 totally new retail stores in 2016," Edwina Lucey, Sales Director for the group added. "There has been considerable investment in refurbishment and expansion of existing Costcutter and Carryout stores countrywide too, all reflecting the improved economy, and growing demand for convenient local stores," she continued.

The company was founded in 1955 - it supplies 265 franchises under the Costcutter, Carry Out Off Licence and Quik Pick symbols, as well as a large number of independent retailers and wholesalers based in Ireland



Barry Group Launches New Portuguese Wine Range

Pictured at the launch - Portuguese Ambassador to Ireland Bernardo Futscher Pereira and Barry Group HR Director Niall Hartnett.

A new and exclusive Portuguese Wine Collection is now on sale in Carry Out, having been launched last week at the Portuguese ambassador’s residence in Dublin.

Portugal’s potential is now being realised as a leading wine producer, and the quality and variety on offer is impressive, according to Carry Out’s wine buyer, Gary Ring.

The star buy in the new wine collection is Herdade Sao Miguel, a beautiful red with very ripe mulberry, raspberry and plum fruits integrated with spicy, balmy notes of pepper, mint and coconut. On promotion for the launch at half price, just €14.99, this award-winning fruity red is a smooth and elegant wine for any occasion.

For those who like oak-aged layered complexity in their red wine, another remarkable Carry Out Portuguese red is the Quinta Aciprestes Douro, a stunning red from the oldest demarcated wine region in Europe, the Douro valley. Smooth flavoursome plum and cherry are supported with classic vanilla notes for a rich mellow wine which, at 33% off, only €16.99, is too good not to stock up on.

Fans of white wine should try the Alvarinho Morgado Da Villa, one of the world’s most surprising whites, and a great trade-up from Sauvignon Blanc. Grapefruit and apple merge with tropical notes of orange and lychee, and at €14.99, on promotional discount of 33%, this Alvarinho grape great is one to watch, and definitely drink.

Carry Out’s Alvarinho is a sibling to a delicious Vinho Verde which also features in the exclusive new collection at just €11.99.  A delicious young fresh crisp wine, Portugal’s famous ‘green wine’ is like a subtle blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, and, at just 10.5% alcohol, is a fantastic summer lunch option.

Ciconia white and red options, at €12.99, are also perfect examples of rich and elegant fine wines that encapsulate Portugal’s modern classy winemaking.  The Rio Dos Patos red and white duo priced at €10.99 each are similarly complex and interesting gems, and real all-rounders for drinking either with food or on their own.

There are over a dozen wines in the new Portuguese wine collection from Carry Out, and June is the month to explore them, with price promotion discounts of between 33% and 50%.

Marking the launch of the Carry Out Portuguese wine promotion in June, a Facebook competition is giving away a wine tour to a Villa Resort in Portugal, including flights, accommodation, and five days of hosted wine tasting.

Growing popularity of Portugese

A growing Irish taste for Portuguese wine possibly reflects greater numbers holidaying in the country, with Portugal’ s tourism board reporting that a 23.4% increase in Irish tourists last year.

In the recent Sommelier Wine Awards, the UK’s only trade-based wine competition, Portugal had the highest medals to entries ratio, taking a total of 95 medals, including 2 Critics’ Choice Trophies, 17 Golds, 31 Silvers, 21 Bronzes, and 26 Commended accolades.

Portugal’s whites, particularly the Vinho Verdes, proved popular with the tasters and the Douro’s reds were another strong winning category. Focused on exclusive wines, all the wines adjudicated are tasted blind, and by category, and the judges include Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine, all of which are involved in either buying or serving wine professionally.




Barry Group named as one of Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies

Barry Group continued its award winning run in 2016 after the company was named as one of Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies.

This prestigious award coupled with Barry Group being named once again as a ‘Great Place to Work’ ensures that the company is the only wholesale company in Ireland to hold both of these awards at the same time.

MD, Jim Barry was also recently honoured with the Ruban d’Honneur award in the 2015/16 European Business Awards.  







Barry Group has been named as a finalist and Ruban d’Honneur recipient in the 2015/16 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.

It was chosen from 678 National Champions by an esteemed panel of judges made up of European business and political leaders, academics and entrepreneurs. The company is one of 110 Ruban d’Honneur recipients chosen from across Europe.

The company will now undertake a face-to-face interview with the judges in the hope it will be named as one of the overall winners of the Awards’ 11 categories at a Gala Ceremony in June.

Barry Group is one of the leading wholesale groups in Ireland with over 230 people employed from its state of the art headquarters in Mallow, Co Cork. Under the leadership of MD Jim Barry, Barry Group is responsible for the Costcutter, Carry Out and Quik Pick franchises and services over 1000 customers both nationally and internationally. Last year the company was named as both a ‘Great Place to Work’ and as one of Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies. MD Jim Barry was also named as Ireland’s Most Trusted Leader.

The European Business Awards engaged with over 32,000 companies from 33 countries this year, a 33% increase from last year, and a record-breaking number for the competition now in its ninth year.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “To survive in this economic climate is hard enough, so to innovate, prosper and grow in the way this year’s Ruban d’Honneur recipients have is truly remarkable. Europe needs more companies like these. Well done to Barry Group.”

Barry Group MD Jim Barry said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Barry Group has been named as a Ruban d’Honneur recipient. To be selected in the top ten in Europe for our category is terrific vindication of the work we do as a company. We are always pushing ourselves to offer the very best to our customers and receiving such a prestigious award is great recognition of that work”

Running alongside the independent judging part of the competition is a public vote, which will decide the ‘National Public Champions’ of the competition for each country for which Barry Group has submitted a video. You can vote for Barry Group here:

The winners of the public vote will be announced on 7th March.

The European Business Awards was created to celebrate and promote business success and support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe.  Additional sponsors and partners of the Awards include ELITE and PR Newswire.

For more information on the Awards, the Ruban d’Honneur winners by country and the public vote please visit






Jim Barry Accepts 'National Champion' Award for 2015 European Business Awards.

Managing Director of Barry Group pictured with British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominic Chilcott and CEO of the European Business Awards, Adrian Tripp along with Sales Director of Barry Group Edwina Lucey.

Jim was named as a National Champion in the RSM Entrepreneur of the Year category. The next stage of the awards; the overall European winners will begin on January 11th when National Champions will submit an online video for voting and judging.




Barry Group showcases new Corporate Video

Barry Group is delighted to showcase its new corporate video as part of the company's continuing commitment to video content.

The video was created in conjunction with Aperture Media and best captures the values of Barry Group and what the company can offer a business.






Barry Group showcases Exclusive Alcohol Range at Medley in Dublin

Barry Group displayed its full range of exclusive wines, beers and spirits at a Media Event hosted at Medley in Dublin.

 Carlos Kinast from the Casas del Toquai winery in Chile was among those in attendence he explained the philosophy behind the Aviary project, the Barry Group’s private label range of Chilean wines which the winery developed in partnership with the Group.

Also present was Cédric Duquenoy from LGI Wines in Carcassone with his entire and exclusive Barry Group portfolio with a particular emphasis on the Gascony region which, he says, has huge potential for white wine sales. Though based in Carcassone, Cédric sources wines from all over France.

Chef Andrew Rudd developed eight tasty dishes to compliment the products on display and the day proved to be a huge success with media members and invited guests alike.



Barry Group appoints new Sales Director

New Barry Group Sales Director Edwina Lucey

Barry Group, Mallow is delighted to announce the appointment of Edwina Lucey to the position of Sales Director.

Edwina joined the Barry Group in 1986. Her steadfast dedication and strong performance saw her assume various roles within the business before being appointed as Sales Director - Trading in 2008. She takes over the role of overall Sales Director with immediate effect.

Speaking about the appointment, Barry Group Managing Director Jim Barry praised Edwina's worth ethic along with her impact on the company:

“Edwina has many outstanding qualities that she will bring to the role, I’ve worked closely with Edwina over the years and her commitment to honesty, fairness and her general work ethic is impeccable. This is an important appointment for Barry Group going forward and I’ve no doubt Edwina will play a major part in continuing to keep the company moving forward”



Jim Barry named as National Champion in RSM European Business Awards

Managing Director of Barry Group, Jim Barry was named as a national champion in the 2015 European Business Awards.

The prestigious awards - now in their 9th year, highlights dynamic businesses across Europe with some 678 chosen as national champions from over 32,000 applicants.

Speaking about his nomination in the Entrepreneur of the Year category, Jim Barry said he was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the whole team at Barry Group and that he was looking forward to the next stage of the process.



Barry Group raises the bar at annual Trade Show and Awards Night.


The annual Costcutter Ireland Tradeshow and awards night was a resounding success for parent company Barry Group on Tuesday last at City West Hotel.

With the company celebrating our 60th year in business, there was a real determination to showcase the biggest and best Tradeshow possible and that ambition was rewarded with extremly positive feeback from retailers and suppliers alike.

Pictured are Managing Director of Barry Group, Jim Barry with Anthony and Michelle O'Brien of O'Brien's of Bishopstown.

That evening, guests were treated to a wonderful dinner and Awards night. Hosted by Today FM's Anton Savage, the awards encompassed both the Costcutter store of the year awards and for the first time the Supplier of the Year awards.

Managing Director of Barry Group Jim Barry outlined his vision for the year ahead and commended the continuing high performance of the entire Costcutter network.




The award winners in each category were:


Consistently great customer service is the hallmark of this store. Attending to every need of a customer and ensuring that they have the best possible shopping experience is the reason why Brendan Carroll’s store in Mountrath is a more than deserving recipient of this award. 

Accepting the award on behalf of the store was Alan Hogan - store representative Barry Group.

Best Forecourt - O'Brien's of Bishopstown.

A new addition to Costcutter in the past year. Anthony and Michelle O’Brien’s store in Bishopstown has already demonstrated an exceptionally high standard of retailing and more than merits the name ‘the gateway to West Cork’

Best Food to Go - David Ryan - Amber Fermoy

Combining a wonderful taste and a great range with fantastic service is central to the success of this store’s Food to Go. Customers can’t help but be delighted by what’s on offer in this store.

Best Fresh Produce - Tomas Cunningham Mountbellow

This stores demonstrates knowledge and a commitment to excellence that ensures it’s the customers that benefit from an outstanding Fresh Produce range.


Off Licence of the Year.

Gold - Derek Touhy Birr

This store has enjoyed a great surge in this department and this is a testament to the hard work of all at this store. This retailer perfectly manages incorporating a great alcohol offering into a busy Foodmarket store and this achievement is a great indicator of its success.

Silver - Pat O'Neill Dorset Street

A commitment to offering a wide range for great value is the secret to this retailer’s success. The off licence offering is just one part of a fantastic store.


Bronze - Noel Daniels Ballina

Noel Daniels store in Ballina maintains an extremely strong off licence which perfectly complements this vibrant and bright store. 



Gold - Colm Allen Phibsboro

A store with huge standards, Colm Allen’s Costcutter in Phibsboro always has a great choice for its customers.


Silver - John Tierney Ennis

Regular customers are well accustomed to the great range in this store and new customers become regulars when they discover the wonderful range to choose from.


Bronze - Staunton's Castlebar

A commitment to providing the best range possible for their customers is the reason why Staunton’s Costcutter in Castlebar maintains such high standards in its wine department.


Gold - Murphy's Macroom

This gem of a store offers their customers a wonderful range of wine which complements the overall range in the store very well. Shoppers can’t help but be impressed at the offering along with the expertise in this store.

Silver - Eugene Carney Ballyhaunis

This award is recognition of a retailer who places particular emphasis on his wine selection which keeps customers coming back for more every time.

Bronze - Vincent Kelly Foynes

Vincent Kelly’s vast experience in the retail sector is evident in the care in every detail of his store and nowhere is that more evident than in the wine department.

Express Store of the Year


Michael and Josephine Fitzpatrick’s store in Kilmihil County Clare enjoys a special relationship with its customers. This is the result of a friendly efficient service and playing a strong role in the local community. Retaining this award in the face of such strong competition is a great indication of the consistently high standards set by this retailer.


In just a couple of years, this store has become a shining example of a great Costcutter store. Julie and Peter Skelly had a clear vision of what they wanted from their store and this vision has created a store that customers want to visit again and again.

Bronze - Stafford's Clonard

Micheal and Bena Stafford’s store in Clonard takes particular pride in its role throughout the community. Any visitor to this store will be immediately struck by the quality, efficiency of service and friendly smile that meets every customer.



A truly fantastic achievement for a truly fantastic store. Any shopper stepping into this store will immediately feel welcome and part of a special atmosphere. This retailer has a real flair for customer service and this is evident to anyone who visits the store.

Silver - Tomas Cunningham Mountbellow

This is a store steeped in its local community. With three generations of ownership behind it, Cunningham’s Costcutter in Mountbellow is at the core of its local community. A renovation last year has really added to this bright spacious store and demonstrates that this is a retailer who is always eager to offer something new to his customers.


In an environment when customer service has never been more important, to help set you apart from your competitors, this store is a shining example of what can be accomplished. Our auditors commended the staff and their attentiveness to customers


Gold - Tom Liddy Roslevan

Tom and Mary Liddy’s store in Roslevin, Ennis has deservedly earned many accolades throughout the years and anyone who steps foot in the store can see why. With consistently high performance in retail excellence and customer service, Liddy’s in Roslevin continues to be a standard bearer for Costcutter. Considering the standard of competition, this is a magnificent achievement.

Silver - Doherty's Carnadonagh

Doherty’s Costcutter in Carndonagh represents the very best of a family business. The level of customer loyalty enjoyed by this store is testament to the hard work and vision of a passionate retailer. Costcutter Carndonagh continues to grow and offer their customers great value and friendly, efficient service. 


Tigh MacDonnaghadh’s store in Conemara continues to raise its standards and continues to grow year on year. An integral part of its community, this store combines great service with a wonderful shopping experience.


Inaugural Supplier of the Year Awards proves to be a huge success

The first annual Barry Group Supplier of the Year awards proved to be a fantastic success. The awards aim to highlight the fantastic relationship enjoyed by Barry Group with its suppliers and the reaction to the awards was outstanding.


The winners for each category were:

Best Ambient Supplier - Proctor & Gamble

Alcohol Supplier of the year - Henieken Ireland


Best Chill & Fresh Supplier of the year - Pat the Baker

Best Frozen Supplier - Dr.Oetker

Best Equipment Supplier Award - Innerworkings

Most engaging supplier - K&K Produce

Best Innovation in Retail – Aryzta Food Solutions Ireland

Overall winner - Pat the Baker


Family Fun Day at N20 Plaza Mallow

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Munster rugby great Donnacha O'Callaghan and Cork Rose Aoife Murphy

Saturday the 25th of July saw a wonderful celebration at the newly named N20 Plaza in Mallow. A family fun day was held to celebrate the 10th anninversary of Mac's Place and to introduce the new name of the business.

Barry Group MD Jim Barry was delighted to attend this celebration and he was joined by Munster rugby player Donnacha O'Callaghan, former Cork hurler Sean Og O hAilpin, Cork Rose Aoife Murphy and members of the All Ireland winning Cork Camogie team.

The N20 plaza in Mallow consists of Costcutter, Supermacs, Papa John's, Mac's Place deli, Supersubs, and a Topaz garage and has been an integral part of Mallow for the last decade.

Pat McDonagh - founder and chairman of Supermacs thanked all who took part in the fun day and the huge crowd that gathered certaintly had a great time with loads of activities and give aways along with some of Cork brightest stars posing for photos.





Costcutter 360swim team arrive in Cork!


Barry Group MD Jim Barry with David Burns and Maghnus Collins

After one month, having swam 300km from Dublin, Irish Adventurers David Burns and Maghnus Collins, Costcutter 360 Swim Team arrived into Crosshaven, Co Cork today (Wednesday 8 July 2015).

They were greeted by Jim Barry, Managing Director, Barry Group, Mallow, their national sponsor, at Kerry Pike in Cork.

Welcoming the Costcutter 360 Swim Team to Cork Jim Barry said "Costcutter retailers are proud to be local and as a company we are very proud to welcome the team to Cork and proud to be involved in this first time swim around the entire island.  We look forward to following the Costcutter 360 Swim Team around Ireland and plan to meet them at various stages until they break a world record and arrive back in Dublin", Mr Barry continued.

On the 3rd June 2015 Irish adventurers David Burns and Maghnus Collins began the last great physical challenge on the island of Ireland, a 1600 km swim around the entire island.~

Speaking about the motivation behind the swim David Burns said "Swimming as a means of covering long distances has been a largely unexplored field of human endurance and in attempting this circumnavigation we will be stepping somewhat into the unknown, this fact excites our whole team."

On~June 3rd~the Costcutter Swim 360 Team, which is completed by Expedition Lead Phillip Hatton and In-water Support Leish McPartland, began the daunting expedition from Dublin, swimming clockwise and south along the East coast of Ireland.~

During the course of their first month at sea the team have covered 300km swimming as far as Cork and becoming the first people to swim between the two cities.~

Of his first month at sea Maghnus Collins said "The cold temperatures have been the toughest factor so far. Each day it takes me around 2 hours of hard swimming just to warm up. I have also lost over 4kgs in a short space of time which makes dealing with the cold an increasingly demanding task.

Philip Hatton commented that "although conditions have been largely dry and sunny the constant wind throughout June has made for demanding conditions with up to 3 meter waves providing a constant battle for the whole team.~

Despite this however reaching Cork has been a major positive for everyone associated with the swim. It is a big landmark and one that has provided renewed belief in their chances of swimming around the whole country.



The 2015 Cork Camogie Hall of Fame

As proud sponsors of Cork Camoge, Costcutter were delighted to be involved in the 2015 Cork Camogie Hall Of Fame awards which were held in the Kingsley Hotel.

Four great Cork players of the past; Mags Finn, Vivienne Harris, Deirdre Sutton Coleman and Hannah Dineen were honoured for their contribution to Cork Camogie.

Hannah Dineen, Deirdre Sutton Coleman, Mags Finn and Vivienne Harris receiving their Hall of Fame awards with Marion McCarthy - Cork Camogie and Niamh Barry - Barry Group


Interview with Barry Group MD Jim Barry in Irish Examiner

Barry Group MD Jim Barry spoke to Joe Dermody of the Irish Examiner about how leadership helps to build business.





Barry Group is delighted to announce its sponsorship of Holly Barry for the 2015 Cork Rose competition. Holly is in the third year of a Marketing degree course at CIT and has grown a very successful blog; Along Came Holly along with being a columnist with Hi magazine.

Speaking about the sponsorship Holly said:

"I'm honoured to represent Barry Group at this year's Cork Rose festival, Barry Group celebrates 60 years in business this year and I'm delighted to mark this amazing milestone with my entry into the Cork Rose."



Fota Resort in Cork was the venue for a very special occasion for Barry Group last Thursday as the company held its annual Supplier Golf outing. A wonderful day was had by all as the golfers in the group enjoyed the terrific weather and lush greens of the spectacular course, while the non-golfers were treated to the fantastic Jameson Distilled tour in Middleton.

Barry Group MD Jim Barry then briefed the suppliers present on various topics throughout a one hour presentation that was met with extremely positive feedback.

The beautiful surroundings of the Radisson Hotel then played host to a drinks reception and meal with a couple of very special video tributes to Barry Group founder James A Barry.

MD Jim Barry thanked all of those present and paid tribute to his father and family as he looked ahead to the future of Barry Group. A magnificent diamond ring worth €5,000 euros was won by one lucky winner while guests took a turn on the tables as a casino was unveiled at the end of the night.

A wonderful occasion befitting a wonderful 60th year in business for the Barry Group.




At the begininng of the May bank holiday weekend, Barry Group held its Junior Entrepreneur Programme showcase day at Carigoon GAA complex in Mallow.

Over 25 schools from the Cork region took part in the showcase day and a fantastic range of diverse projects were on display. Each school had a stand set up to showcase their work and explain how their project came together. Barry Group MD Jim Barry along with invited Entrepreneur's reviewed the projects.

Jim Barry spoke of his pride at seeing the work put in by every school and praised the innovation and skill on show.


98FM Announces Barry Group as the Sponsor of its Best of Dublin Awards


Barry Group, who operate franchises, Costcutter, Carry Out and Quik Pick was announced as the overall sponsor of 98FM’s ‘Best of Dublin Awards’ today. The awards, now in their second year, celebrate all that’s best about our capital city. Listeners will get the chance to nominate and vote for the city’s best hidden gems, people and businesses.

Last year’s 98FM Best of Dublin Awards received a staggering 100,000 votes from listeners which saw 23 year old Bobby Shane from Marino win overall best Dubliner for his die hard loyalty to the capital and contribution to training youths in his local GAA Club. This year the campaign kicks off in May which will culminate into a big awards Ceremony in Dublin City Centre.

Speaking about the sponsorship, CEO, 98FM Keith McCormack said, “We are thrilled to have the support of such an established Irish company like Barry Group who represent iconic stores like Costcutter which are very much a part of the fabric of Dublin everyday life. We had such a huge reaction to the awards last year and are delighted to be bringing them back again in 2015. We will be adding more categories this year and all will be revealed in May…!”

Managing Director, Barry Group, Jim Barry added, “I’m delighted with our involvement with the 98FM Best in Dublin Awards. Costcutter is known across the country as being Proud to be Local so it’s a fitting partnership between us and an awards ceremony that honours those people that form the backbone of Dublin. I’m looking forward to seeing the nominees and I’ve a few ideas myself about a few of the categories!”

The 98FM Best of Dublin award categories will be announced in May and the shortlist of nominations will be revealed in June on The winners will be unveiled at a big awards ceremony hosted by 98FM’s Adrian Kennedy in Dublin in July where all the nominees will be celebrated.




Extended 'Ireland's Most Trusted Leader' interview with Jim Barry

Here's an extended interview with Barry Group MD Jim Barry with GPTW CEO John Ryan after Jim was named 'Ireland's Most Trusted Leader' at the 2015 GPTW awards.





New Costcutter TV Advert launched

The brand new Costcutter TV Advert made its debut over the St Patricks Day Weekend on RTE, TV3 and Sky Television.





Jim Barry wins Ireland's 'Most Trusted Leader' award at Best Workplaces Awards

Barry Group MD Jim Barry was honoured to win 'Ireland's Most Trusted Leader' award at the Great Workplaces awards which was held at Dublin's Burlington Hotel on Wednesday last (25th Febuary)

Jim was one of three nominees for the award and spoke of his pride upon recieving it. Below you can read the Irish Times report on Jim's award:


Barry Group named among Top 20 Best Workplaces In Ireland

Barry group is thrilled to announce that the company once again has been recognisied as one of Ireland Best Workplaces for 2015.

Barry Group was named in the Top 20 in the category of 101-300 employees. Everyone at the comany takes great pride in this award:


Barry Group announces appointment of new Finance Director

Barry Group MD Jim Barry with Finance Director Paul Fitzgerald


Barry Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Fitzgerald to the position of Finance Director.

Paul joined the Barry Group from Keary Motor Group in 2004 as a Financial Manager. Paul holds a BComm from UCC and is a chartered accountant having trained with PWC. His steadfast dedication and strong performance saw him assume the role of Financial Controller in May 2006 before being appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2014. He takes over the role of Finance Director with immediate effect.

Speaking about the appointment, Jim Barry praised Paul’s work ethic along with his impact on the company:

“Paul has many outstanding qualities that he will bring to the role, I’ve worked closely with Paul over the last eighteen months and his commitment to honesty, fairness and his general work ethic is impeccable. This is an important appointment for Barry Group going forward and I’ve no doubt Paul will play a major part in continuing to keep the company moving forward”


Barry Group celebrate 60 years in Wholesale Distribution

Three Generations of Barry Family Host Diamond Anniversary Celebration

Three generations of Mallow’s wholesale distribution company, Barry Group, celebrated the company’s sixty years in business this weekend, with an anniversary party for current and retired staff.

Jim Barry, currently the company Managing Director, his wife Niamh, his daughters Holly and Amy, who are involved in the family business, hosted the celebration in Mallow, Cork in honour of Jim's father, company founder James A Barry.

Founded in Banteer by James A Barry in 1955, Barry Group, which is now based in Mallow, is one of Ireland's leading wholesale distribution companies.

The Group trades nationally and internationally with over 1,000 retail customers, operating successful grocery franchise brands.. These include 265 independently-owned store franchises in the Republic of Ireland, which operate under the Barry Group’s CostcutterCarry Out, and Quik Pick brands.

Following significant investment in the past five years, the Barry Group operates from a state-of-the-art 150,000 sq ft distribution centre in Mallow, where over 240 people are employed.

The company, which has a turnover of more than a quarter of a billion euro, also has a growing number of export customers in the UK, the US, France, Switzerland and Cyprus.

Speaking at the event to mark sixty years in business, Jim Barry, the company MD, acknowledged the huge contribution his father James A Barry has made.

“Our father is an inspirational man, who combined great foresight and I acknowledge the amazing foundation he has put in place and his continued presence is enjoyed by all. We are also humbled by the fantastic loyalty of the people who work with us here in Mallow, and who are the backbone of our longstanding and thriving enterprise”, Jim Barry said in Mallow.

Included in the celebration night were special presentations to seven team members, acknowledged for over 20 years’ service with the Barry Group, as well as to two employees with over 35 years’ service.

A diamond ring was the star prize for one lucky staff member, in a draw to mark the diamond anniversary, and a national fundraising initiative for six Irish charities, which will run in stores countrywide throughout the anniversary year, was kicked-off with a generous €60,000 pledge by the company.

A multi-award-winning business, Barry Group has been named one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Awards Programme to gold standard, has achieved the Excellence through Peopleaward at platinum level, as well as securing the Great Places to Work award.

Managing Director Jim Barry has been named Cork Business Person of the Year, and was also an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.







Here is an article written by Sean Gallagher and published in the Sunday Independent on January 4th 2015 on the history of Barry Group.

Jim Barry shares the journey of how his Barry Group has become a leader in the wholesale sector.

No-one ever starts a big business. That's one of the key lessons I have learned in my many years of working with entrepreneurs. And this week's story is certainly a testament to this fact.

Almost 60 years ago, James A Barry left his job as an ice cream salesman to start supplying fruit and vegetables to local shops in his native Cork. Today, the Barry Group employs 230 staff and has a turnover of more than a quarter of a billion euro.

Now owned and run by his son, Jim, the business has grown to become one of Ireland's leading wholesale and distribution companies.

As I arrive to meet Jim at the company's headquarters in Mallow, Co Cork, I am immediately impressed by the size of the place. Tall buildings stretch out over acres of land, housing more than 150,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art warehousing and distribution facilities.

"The essence of our business is that we take in large containers of products such as food, drink, hardware, personal care and household items - and then we ship these out in much smaller amounts, to retail stores and wholesalers who, in turn, sell them on to their own customers," explains Jim.

"We supply our own symbol stores that include over 120 Costcutter outlets, 50 Quik Pick stores and 85 Carry Out off-licences, as well as a large number of independent retail stores throughout the country.

"In addition, our trade division supplies a wide variety of smaller wholesale businesses, catering firms and pubs directly as well as a growing number of export customers in places such as the UK, US, France, Switzerland and Cyprus," he adds.

Though on the surface, this looks like a straightforward business model, I soon learn that to run it efficiently is both a complex and highly labour -intensive operation. It's also a business that involves carrying large amounts of stock, requires significant cash flow management and calls for rigorous controls and highly integrated technology.

Everything starts in the buying department. Here, teams of experienced negotiators are on the phones to suppliers and manufacturers sourcing products at the best possible prices.

"It is the first rule in retail and wholesale that if you are not buying right, then you can't sell right," insists Jim.

Next it's on to the marketing department, where I meet the company's in-house graphic design team. They are working on new packaging designs and point of sale material for stores. In the same office, the customer relations team are busy talking to customers about the company's latest deals.

There's a vibrancy to the place and everyone seems genuinely friendly but focused. With so many staff to manage and more than 1,000 customers to look after, the HR and finance departments are busy too.

As Jim shows me around the company's massive warehouse, I feel dwarfed by the tall rows of pallets that seem to go on for ever.

I begin to wonder how anyone could possibly know where to find anything in this ocean of goodies. All is revealed when I meet the teams of forklift drivers and pickers. Each one is carrying a hand- held scanning device that electronically guides them to whatever they are looking for, stopping here and there to pick and pack what is needed to meet each order.

Jim introduces me to each by name and it's clear they have a great respect for their colleague and boss.

"With more than 300,000 boxes of products passing through the warehouse every single week, it's critical that we have the right stock systems in place to ensure efficiency for our customers and the correct management information for ourselves," insists Jim.

So much so that the company also has its own dedicated IT department whose job it is to constantly maintain, update and integrate the hardware and software systems that drive each of the functional areas of the business.

When Jim's father, James, drops by to say hello, I can't but imagine how vast everything must seem to him now compared to when he first started the business.

Originally from the village of Banteer, in north Co Cork, James A Barry set up the business in 1955, after spotting a gap in the market to provide local shops with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Buying produce from the markets in Dublin, he had them delivered by train to the local station at Banteer from where he delivered them personally to his customers.

"In the beginning, he ran the whole business from his mother's sitting room," explains Jim proudly.

Over time, James began to broaden his offering to include minerals, biscuits and other confectionery items and by the early 1970s had moved the business to Mallow town where he opened a small cash & carry.

Jim remembers working there at the weekends and during his school holidays. He loved the work so much that after secondary school, he joined the business full-time.

Steady growth followed throughout the 1980s - and by the 1990s the company had established itself as a national player in the wholesale and distribution sector.

In 1996, they set up their own Quik Pick brand of stores. In 2000 (by which time Jim had taken over as managing director), they acquired the franchise rights for Ireland for the Costcutter brand.

In 2009, and recognising the growth in consumption of alcohol in the home, the company bought the Carry Out chain of off-licences.

Like any rollercoaster of a journey though, there have been downs as well as ups for the Barry Group.

"The retail business is fiercely competitive and as a local business, we are constantly up against the big multiples and giant discounters," explains Jim.

"In 2008, when the downturn in the economy took hold, it sparked what was essentially a price war by the larger retailers. We were fortunate that the efficiencies we had built up in the business protected us and it was not until 2012 that we began to feel the pressure.

"That year, a heightening of the price war, together with a lack of bank credit, resulted in many small stores around the country being forced out of business - and because some of these were our customers, it had an obvious knock-on effect on us," admits Jim.

That same year Jim had what he calls his "A ha moment". On a trip to Silicon Valley, as part of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Programme, he had the opportunity to visit Facebook and meet with senior executives from the likes of Apple. As a result, he began to reflect on his own company's future and on the need to improve his own leadership capability and that of his senior management team.

What transpired next was an honest and forensic examination of every aspect of the business.

The process threw up a shortlist of projects that Jim and his team felt would be pivotal to the company's future success. Among these was the need to introduce leaner procedures, reduce waste and drive efficiencies across all areas of the business. A greater emphasis on team-building and better communication within and between departments was also highlighted. As a result, the company adjusted its cost base, worked harder than ever before and succeeded in maintaining their existing level of turnover throughout the downturn.

Jim had come to realise that his purpose as a leader was not to simply create more followers, but to develop more leaders. As a result, he invited all the members of his management team to participate in a specially designed leadership development programme. This helped them become increasingly aligned, focused and even more motivated than before. Importantly, too, and for the first time, they began to see themselves not just as managers within the business but as leaders.

In line with this, the company, went on to achieve the Excellence Through People award at platinum level as well as becoming one of Deloitte's 'Best Managed Companies' and securing the 'Great Places to Work' award.

"It's all part of helping our team to feel valued and engaged which in turn leads to a much higher level of customer care and service," insists Jim. "But as a company, we can never sit back. We have to constantly re-invent ourselves and help our customers do the same. That's why innovation has now become a core part of our DNA," he adds.

Such innovation has recently led the company to develop its own brands of products such as its Appletree Green Cider and Brandeberg beer. It's a strategy Jim wants to see extended to other product areas.

"We are also increasing our focus on fresh and hot food and our recent introduction of a chilled food distribution solution, in co-operation with Cuisine de France, will now allow us offer a wider range of products to our customers," explains Jim.

"And we also see the introduction of healthier food options as something we will focus more on in the future," he concludes.

Jim Barry is an outstanding leader and a visionary in the world of retail, wholesale and distribution. He is intensely passionate about what he does and where he wants to take the Barry Group. In meeting him, it is evident that Jim genuinely cares. He cares about his business and about doing things right. He cares too, about his staff, their environment and their professional development. And importantly, he cares about his customers.

I am sure that when his father, James, started out in business, he never would have thought that his small fruit and veg run would one day turn into such a huge and successful business. He must surely be proud of what it has become and proud too of the leadership role his son, Jim, has played in making that happen.

Jim's advice for other businesses

Create a positive team environment.

"It's important to develop a positive culture in the workplace. When people feel supported, engaged and empowered, they will enjoy coming to work, will perform better and as a result, so too will your business."

Customer service is vital - so don't leave it to chance

"If you and your team don't look after your customers, then your competitors will. You can't leave customer service to chance. You have to encourage, monitor and reward good customer service."

A robust cash flow is vital for every business

"Cash flow is the life blood of every single business. You've got to make sure that you have strong and robust cash flow systems in place while at the same time embracing a lean mindset."

- Sean Gallagher, Sunday Independent January 4th 2015. Picture: Micheal McSweeney





Costcutter teams up with TV3 on new flagship show.

Costcutter is delighted to announce it is teaming up with TV3 on the station’s new flagship soap; Red Rock. Red Rock is a continuing fictional drama based around a busy Garda station in the heart of a Dublin harbour town.

The show is TV3’s most ambitious to date and stars Game Of Thrones star Jane McGrath along with Paul Roe of Veronica Guerin and Night Train. It will air twice a week throughout the year for eighty episodes and some of the most respected names in TV production will be behind the show.

Red Rock aims to incorporate modern story lines within a multi-cultural community; it will be a moving, powerful drama that charts the lives of an urban community through the eyes of those that police it.

Costcutter will be the on screen store for the programme with a store located at the heart of Red Rock and featuring throughout the series. Costcutter and Red Rock are ideal partners given the wide ranging appeal and different demographics the show and the Costcutter Brand appeal to.

Costcutter is owned and operated in the Republic Of Ireland by Mallow based wholesale distribution group Barry Group. Managing Director Jim Barry said:

“We’re very excited to be coming on board as a partner with Red Rock. TV3 have a tremendous reputation for delivering quality programming and Red Rock will only cement that reputation. We’re delighted that the Costcutter brand will be associated with what we’re confident will be; one of the most popular TV programmes in the country. The Costcutter mantra is “Proud to be local” and we feel the community ethos of Red Rock is a perfect fit with us”

The first episode of Red Rock is expected to air in January 2015 with Costcutter immediately occupying a prominent part of the set with further expansion following.

Pictured at the launch of Red Rock – Jim Barry Managing Director of Barry Group with Pat Kiely, Commercial Director of TV3.










Two Costcutter take home prizes at annual C-Store awards

Costcutter is thrilled to announce that two of the brand’s stores have been honoured at the recent Shelf-Life C Store awards. Amber Costcutter Fermoy was the deserved recipient of the ‘Best Food To Go’ category while Durkin’s Costcutter in Galway was the winner of the Best Irish Language Retailer Award.

Everyone at Barry Group would like to congratulate the two stores on their awards.



New Costcutter TV Advert

Take a look at the new Costcutter TV advert that has aired across RTE, TV3 and Sky television recently.







Congratulations to the Cork Camogie Team!!!

The Cork Camogie team's fantastic win over a great Kilkenny side in last month's All Ireland final was a testament to the incredible dedication and skill of a special group.

As sponsors, Costcutter was proud to be associated with these local heros who set such a fine example. Pictured below is captain Anna Geary at the team's homecoming in Cork City.



All the winners from the Costcutter Store of the Year awards 2014





This store has maintained consistently high levels of standards in retail excellence, hygiene and customer service which has brought many accolades in the past number of years and is a testament to the hard work and vision of a retailer who is so passionate about his business.  A family run store, retaining this award this year is a magnificent achievement considering the level of competition.


Tom and Mary Liddy’s store in Roslevin, Ennis bring a level of customer service and quality to their local community that is the envy of many and is a superb example of what grocery retailing is all about in these challenging times.


A first time winner, this store is fully deserving of this accolade.  A store upgrade late last year, coupled with a dedicated staff has seen it go from strength to strength. The shoppers of this midlands town are the real winners.



This is a truly fantastic achievement. This retailer constantly strives to bring the best service, range and quality to his customers.  This is the first store to win this prize 3 years in a row and its further confirmation of its consistently high standards. 


This wonderful store proves that hard work and dedication to your customers will always pay dividends. The auditors made special mention of the amazing Deli department and the brilliant atmosphere around the store. Locals and travelling tourists alike are spoiled for choice. (Pictured is manager Ann Marie Scanlon accepting the award)


This young retailer has a flair and talent that has completely changed the fortunes of this store since he took it over last year. He has been a fantastic addition to the Costcutter family and there’s no doubt there are more great things to come.



Michael Fitzpatrick’s store in Kilmihil County Clare prides itself on excellent service and friendly efficient staff. The store continues to be a very valuable part of the Costcutter brand and deservedly retains his store of the year title.


Ger Cruise’s shop in Wellingtonbridge, Wexford has continued its proud tradition of service, efficiency and offering the best quality produce.  A recently completed store upgrade has brought it to a completely new level.


This brand new store has already established itself in the local community as the “Go To” place for fabulous food and friendly service.  Julie’s homemade apple tarts are one of the natural wonders of the world and are worth a trip to Cavan by themselves. 



An all-round great store, but with a special emphasis on their wine offering, gives this store a deserved award.  A real gem.


This well-deserved award is in recognition of a retailer who definitely makes the very best of the space available to offer a truly great wine section.


This retailer recognizes the importance of having a great all round offering, to keep customers coming back. His wine section is one to be proud of. (Pictured is Declan Ryan – Barry Group accepting the award on behalf of the store)



A small store with big standards, a fantastic wine offering is just one of the reasons why Colm’s customers love their local Costcutter (Pictured is Declan Johnson Barry Group accepting the award on behalf of the store)


It will be a pleasant surprise to the first time shopper in this store, to see this wine offering. But to regulars, it’s what they’ve been accustomed to for many years. Top class


A well-established store where the regular customers are well catered for with this lovely wine section



Arron is a leader in the field when it comes to incorporating a vibrant alcohol offering into a busy food store.  This retailer brings innovation, customer service, choice and value to a whole new level.  This store is a must see for anyone interested in developing this part of their business.


This is a thoroughly deserved award for a store that has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months.  The off license section has brought a new, vibrant and exciting look to the store and has been an important part of the development of the shop in 2014


This off license is proof that small really can be wonderful. The range and value available to Eoin’s customers is amazing.  (Pictured is Jerry Burke accepting the award on behalf of the store)



To win this category, you really have to have a level of knowledge, a commitment to quality and customer needs that’s second to none.  This store demonstrates all of these in abundance.



This brand new store has set new standards of quality and customer experience, not only for the Costcutter group, but the whole industry.



David Ryan’s vast experience in the retail sector is evident in the care in every detail of his store in Fermoy. The store continues to thrive under strong leadership and dedication to serving the consumer.


This is a fantastic store that thrives on the basis that you can “Always get what you need, when you need it”. Tom has incorporated all the systems and standards that have made his supermarket store such a success.


The whole team work so hard to ensure their standards are always at the optimum, and they continuously strive to offer a great shopping experience to their customers.



In an environment when customer’s service has never been more important, to help set you apart from your competitors, this store is a shining example of what can be accomplished. Our auditors commended the staff and their attentiveness to customers