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Waterford News

The Voice of the Irish in Britain
November 8th 2002

Waterford Poteen is not used in Banned Alcopop

The producers of the Waterford City bottled Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen have stressed that their poteen is not used in the alcopop, Crack Ice, which has been banned in Britain.

John Murphy, a spokesman for Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen, said their poteen had never been used in Crack Ice, which has been banned by the U.K.'s alcohol industries self regulatory body because of the close association of the drink with the drug crack cocaine. And he pointed out that the company would not supply their brand of poteen to any producer, who attempted to encourage any similar association.

In the Irish Poteen category at the 2002 International Wine & Spirit Competition, Knockeen Hills was awarded two medals and a commended certificate. The US is one of its major markets.

Note: All issues between the Portman Goup and the manufacturers of Crack Ice have now been resolved.