Meade Potato Company was named the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Agribusiness of the Year at the national Agribusiness Awards held recently.

The awards were held on December 8, in the Hilton Hotel, Dublin.

The potato company was also in the running as finalists for the Overall Agribusiness of the Year, as well as for the Health and Safety Award and the Sustainability Award.

This was the first year of these awards designed to highlight and award the hard work that happens behind the scenes from field to fork by a wide array of agribusinesses who are all a part of the supply chain that brings the best quality of food to the plates of Irish consumers.

Eleanor Meade of the company said that it is thrilled for the staff and team of growers to get acknowledgement of all their efforts to ensure that Meade Potato Company bring Irish consumers premium quality produce at all times.

“And we hope that everyone will come on board with us and other potato producers to recognise the valuable contribution that the spud can make to their diets,” she said.

It’s unprocessed, it’s fat free, it’s versatile and we need to spread the word about that.

In addition to the Agribusiness Awards, the potato won out at Meath Business Awards on November 27, at the Newgrange Hotel in Navan, when the Meade Potato Company claimed the top prize for the Meath Business of the Year as well as the Environmental Responsibility Award.

The company was also short-listed for the Sustainability Award at the Bord Bia Food and Drink Awards in Dublin’s Mansion House on November 12, where a record number entered the sustainability category.

According to the company, it has been focusing on sustainability with many new sustainability initiatives underway at its farm and food production facility in Lobinstown, Co. Meath, and credits these initiatives as being a factor in their recent spate of awards.