Coca-Cola and Enterprise Ireland mark 2019 Thrive Project

The class of 2019 with the Thrive Project, spearheaded by Coca-Cola and Enterprise Ireland

Coca-Cola and Enterprise Ireland have jointly hosted the graduation ceremony of the 2019 Thrive Project, which equipped seven innovative Irish food and drink companies with the business insights and tools to scale-up in the global market.



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18 February 2020

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Seven companies from across the spectrum of Ireland’s thriving food and drink sector have graduated from the 2019 Thrive Project, an initiative spearheaded by Coca-Cola and Enterprise Ireland, aimed at giving startups the tools essential to scaling in a globalised world.

The companies graduating from this year’s programme are Ballymaloe Foods, Blanco Nino, Boann Distillery, Keogh’s Crisps, Killowen Farm, Loughnanes and Rye River Brewing.

First established in 2016, the Thrive Project is a six-month leadership programme created by Coca-Cola and Enterprise Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City University (DCU). The seven entrepreneurs in the 2019 Thrive Project were provided with a unique opportunity to undertake strategy development and commercialisation sessions at Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta and the company’s London office. Workshops led by Enterprise Ireland in Dublin also enabled these aspiring business leaders to apply their learnings and create sustainable growth opportunities.

Petre Sandru, country manager, Coca-Cola Ireland, said the Thrive Project is all about leadership and innovation within Ireland’s food and drink industry. “By sharing best practices, experiences and insights over the course of the six-month programme, Coca-Cola can help ambitious Irish companies to become global brands,” said Sandru. “The feedback from participating companies to date speaks to the positive business impact of the Thrive Project.

“I look forward to seeing the seven graduating companies expand their reach,” he added, “and inspire other innovative food and drink companies to expand and grow into the future.”

For further details on the Thrive Project, run by Coca-Cola and Enterprise Ireland, visit




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