158 million potatoes in Tesco contract

Country Crest has secured a €60 million deal with Tesco Ireland. The deal will see the north Co. Dublin based company supply Tesco with 65,000t of produce between now and 2020.

Gabriel Hoey, Country Crest, stated that: “2018 marks the 20th anniversary of our trading relationship with Tesco Ireland.

“Over the years, we have worked closely with Tesco to bring about real change in how potatoes are sold in Ireland – through continuous product innovation and improving technical standards.

The humble potato continues to remain a staple of the Irish household.

“We’ve built the business to a degree where we now employ over 120 people in our production and farming divisions and source directly from a further 30 farming families across Ireland. We’re delighted to continue that until 2020,” he added.

Every year Country Crest will supply Tesco with approximately:
  • 158 million individual potatoes (20,000t);
  • 38 million onions (4,300t);
  • 4.65 million sweet potatoes (930t).

Sheila Gallagher, commercial director with Tesco Ireland, stated that Tesco is proud to work with the Hoey family.

“Our long history of partnering with Country Crest has helped to provide the confidence that potato growers and the whole potato industry needs to invest and innovate for the future.

“Establishing strong relationships, building trust and working together with our farming families over many years ensures that farmers grow produce of the highest quality and to the standards required by us and our customers.

“We’re very proud to continue our relationship with the Hoey family into the future,” she concluded.

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