These were last years Business Achievers finalists. If you are in food or agri and have a story to tell, you should apply. In this year Business Achievers the awards are split into two catagories. One Food and Drink and one Agri. You can register your interest or nominate a company here.
Hogan’s Farm, established in 1962, is a family-run turkey business, based in Cortown, Kells, Co. Meath. Celebrating 50 years in business this year, it is now in its second generation. The firm employs 45 full-time permanent staff, which increases to 100 at Christmas. Last year, the company’s turnover was approx 8 million. Hogan’s Farm now operates mainly in the retail sector, supplying to major retailers including Dunnes Stores, Musgrave’s, Superquinn, Aldi and BWG. Christmas is still a very important season for the company. In recent years, the business has expanded to facilitate growth and demand. Now specialising in fresh and cooked turkey, Hogan’s Farm has two main processing facilities: the farm and fresh factory near Kells and a state-of the-art cooking facility in Rathcairn, Co. Meath. Both plants have full BRC accreditation and are members of the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme.
Crossgar Foodservice is one of the leading foodservice suppliers in the Island of Ireland, providing the foodservice market with a “one stop shop”. The product range includes poultry, meat chilled, frozen, grocery and non food items, offering customers access to over 10,000 products built around a core of locally produced products.
Galway Bay Seafoods
Established in 1950, Galway Bay Seafoods is a family-run seafood company. The business comprises of four main elements – retail, wholesale, export and a cookery school. The company underwent massive reinvestment in 2006, with a factory redevelopment and a new range of smoked products. The cookery school is the only school in Ireland dedicated solely to seafood. Galway Bay Seafoods has a turnover of €4.5 million and a staff of 28.
Clonakilty Blackpudding Co.
Clonakilty Blackpudding Co. was established in 1983 using a secret recipe and nowmanufactures a range of breakfast meats including black pudding, white pudding, rashers and sausages. The company recently launched a gluten-free range of black andwhite pudding. The company’s main clients include Musgrave’s Group Ireland, Tesco Ireland, BWG and Dunnes Stores and it is growing steady in the UK market, with further expansion planned in France, Germany, Spain, China and America over the next five years. With 42 employees, Clonakilty Blackpudding Company has a turnover of €12 million.