Country Crest and Tesco Ireland renew partnership with €62.5m contract
Deal offers "some very welcome security into the future," says Country Crest director Gabriel Hoey
14 April 2020 | 0
Country Crest and Tesco Ireland have further extended their long-standing 20-year relationship in a two and a half-year contract worth €62.5 million.
Country Crest, the north Co. Dublin fourth-generation agri-business led by Gabriel and Michael Hoey, will continue to grow and pack all Tesco own brand fresh potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes for Tesco Ireland.
The agreement until September 2022 will see Tesco source over 35,000 tonnes of fresh produce annually from Country Crest.
Employing more than 120 people at its production, farming divisions and source directly from a further 50 farming families across Ireland, the agreement will see Country Crest supply almost 30,000 tonnes of potatoes sourced on a yearly basis including Rooster, Maris Piper, Queens, organic, baby varieties and signature Tesco finest* roosters.
Country Crest will also supply almost 5,000 tonnes of onions crossing eight varieties including brown, red and shallots, as well as over 1,000 tonnes of sweet potatoes, concentrating on the Covington variety.
Joe Manning, commercial director, Tesco Ireland, said the new contract “will give confidence to potato growers nationwide during what is a challenging time for the agri-sector”.
Praising the Hoeys for “their passion for authenticity, innovation and delivering the best quality produce for our customers,” Manning added that “while the Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone, the team at Country Crest have worked hard to react to increase in demand for potatoes. The dry weather of late means that planting and sowing has gone well, and new-season crops are on target. This should see us deliver new-season Irish potatoes to stores and online by mid-late May.”
Meanwhile, Country Crest director Gabriel Hoey said the deal “offers our business, our work colleagues and our network of professional growers some very welcome security into the future”.