Fifty companies achieve Origin Green Gold 2021 status

Deirdre Ryan, director of Origin Green and Sustainable Assurance with Bord Bia, with Tara McCarthy CEO of Bord Bia prior to the awards ceremony

Fifty Origin Green companies awarded Gold Membership status for industry leading sustainability achievements in areas such as packaging, energy, biodiversity, and community engagement

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Origin Green members are continuing to make progress across a range of sustainability initiatives, according to Origin Green’s Progress Update Report 2021 launched on Friday by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue.

At the virtual event, Bord Bia also announced that 50 Irish food, drink and horticulture companies had achieved gold membership status based on exemplary performance in reaching their sustainability targets. This marks a 100% increase on last year, reflecting raised ambition in the programme and sustainability from industry members.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue said that sustainability is at the centre of Food Vision 2030, the new ten-year strategy for the Irish agri-food sector.

“The commitments in the strategy are substantial, and have the potential to be transformative,” Minister McConalogue said. “Food Vision 2030 charts a way forward for all of us in the agri-food sector to deliver on its key ambition – for Ireland to become ‘A World Leader in Sustainable Food Systems’.”

He added that “the strategy’s goal to strengthen and invest in Origin Green and other sustainability supports to reflect the higher level of ambition for the agri-food sector” as being of “direct relevance” to this vision.

Since its inception in 2012, Origin Green has grown to collaborate with 55,000 farms and over 300 leading Irish food and drink companies to prove and improve their sustainability practices to meet the evolving needs of global customers and consumers.

Origin Green Gold Members 2021

As part of a programme evolution, in 2020 Origin Green introduced Gold Membership, recognising members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance. The number of Gold Members increased by almost 100% compared to last year, with 50 companies announced as Gold Members 2021.

To attain Origin Green Gold Membership a company must demonstrate exceptional annual performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. This year’s Origin Green Gold Members excelled most in the areas of energy, packaging and community engagement.

Through independent verification, the companies below were awarded Origin Green Gold Membership in 2021:

  1. ABP Group
  2. Áine’s Handmade Chocolate
  3. Annalitten Foods
  4. Arthur Mallon Foods
  5. Atlantis Seafood
  6. Ballymaloe Foods
  7. Belview Eggs
  8. Britvic Ireland
  9. Butlers
  10. Carbery
  11. Carleton Cakes
  12. Codd Mushrooms
  13. Dawn Meats
  14. Drioglann Sliabh Liag
  15. Durrus Cheese
  16. E Flahavans
  17. East Coast Bakehouse
  18. Feldhues GmbH
  19. Folláin
  20. Galmere Fresh Foods
  21. Glanbia
  22. Glenilen
  23. Great Northern Distillery
  24. Greenhill Fruit Farm Ltd
  25. Grove Turkeys
  26. Hazelbrook Confectionery
  27. Irish Distillers
  28. Irish Fish Canners
  29. Island Seafoods Ltd
  30. Janet’s Country Fayre
  31. K&K Produce
  32. Kearney’s Home Baking
  33. Kepak Group
  34. Kerry Fish (IRL) U.C. / Quinlans Fish
  35. Liffey Meats
  36. Newgrange Gold
  37. Nicholas Lynch Ltd (Nick’s Fish)
  38. Norfish Ltd
  39. Oceanpath / Dunn’s of Dublin
  40. Oliver Carty Pork & Bacon
  41. Ornua
  42. O’Shea Farms
  43. Sam Dennigan
  44. Shannon Vale Foods
  45. Slaney Farms Produce Ltd
  46. Slaney Foods
  47. Tea & Coffee Warehouse
  48. The Nestbox Egg Company
  49. William Grant & Sons
  50. Wyeth Nutrition
 

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