Members of the County Tipperary Chamber, in partnership with County Tipperary Chamber Skillnet, were treated to an exclusive tour of the Bulmers Ireland facility in Clonmel in an enlightening event that underscored the importance of innovation and sustainability in business.
The visit highlighted Bulmers’ significant contributions to the local economy and its leadership in environmental stewardship, said a spokesperson for Tipperary Chamber.
“For nearly a century, Bulmers has stood as a beacon of employment and community engagement in Clonmel and its surroundings. This event allowed Chamber members to delve deep into the operational and environmental practices that have made Bulmers a model of success,” said the spokesperson.
Michelle Aylward, CEO of the County Tipperary Chamber, expressed deep gratitude towards Bulmers Ireland for offering this enlightening experience.
“The tour not only showcased Bulmers’ economic impact but also illuminated their pioneering role in sustainability, offering valuable lessons for our members,” Ms Aylward said.
Some of the key lessons learned in terms of business adaptation and sustainability efforts, included observations of the innovative operations at the plant.
“Members witnessed the scale of automation and efficiency at Bulmers, underscoring the importance of technological investment in enhancing business operations,” said the spokesperson.
“The site’s extensive solar power installations and integration of heat pump technology demonstrated actionable paths towards energy efficiency and sustainability that businesses can emulate.
“Bulmers’ transition away from plastic packaging and its initiatives for glass bottle reuse showcased effective strategies in waste management and reduction, providing a blueprint for businesses to follow.
“This visit has inspired Chamber members to consider how these practices can be adapted to their own operations, highlighting the potential for innovation and sustainability to drive not only environmental benefits but also economic growth and community well-being.
“The insights gained from this tour are invaluable,” added Ms Aylward. “They not only reflect Bulmers’ dedication to the community and the planet but also serve as a catalyst for change among local businesses, encouraging them to adopt similar sustainable and innovative practices.”
The County Tipperary Chamber remains committed to fostering a vibrant business community that values sustainability and innovation, taking inspiration from leaders like Bulmers Ireland.