M&P O’Sullivan named SME Cork Company of the Year 2023
Wholesaler's turnover has grown by over 20% year-on-year over the past few years and is on track to double in the coming five years
22 February 2023
Food wholesale company M&P O’Sullivan Ltd. (M&P), which has seen significant growth in the last number of years, has been named SME Cork Company of the Year 2023 at the Cork Chamber Cork Company of the Year Awards 2023.
A fourth-generation family-run wholesale food business which was founded in Cork in 1905, M&P O’Sullivan was recognised for its innovations, vision and significant growth trajectory.
The business has grown turnover by over 20% year on year over the past few years and is on track to double turnover in the coming five years.
M&P recently made a number of strategic new hires, introduced a new online ordering platform and mobile app, and implemented a new warehouse management system. The business also invested in multi-temperature warehousing which enabled it to launch a frozen and chill food offering, extending the range by approximately 1,000 product lines.
In recent years, the business also acquired Brennan’s Caterworld, which is one of Cork’s oldest catering equipment companies. This development broadened M&P’s non-food and catering equipment category by 5,000 product lines. The group has also invested heavily in expanding its reach around the country.
In addition, M&P O’Sullivan was recognised for a number initiatives designed to deliver the highest standard of customer service including staff training and customer loyalty initiatives guided by the principle of Total Customer Experience, which differentiates it in a very competitive market.
“It is a great feeling to be recognised by the Cork business community and to be honored for supporting local jobs, local suppliers and local communities in Cork for the last 11 decades,” said co-directors Eoin and Patrick O’Sullivan.
“This award is not only for the O’Sullivan family but for everyone who has helped build M&P O’Sullivan’s into the company that it is today,”
Run by Eoin and Patrick O’Sullivan, the company is a shareholder of Gala Retail Services which has over 180 Gala stores and 40 Your Stop stores nationwide. M&P supplies 30 of the Gala & Your stop stores in the Munster region.
A “highly skilled and dedicated team of 65 employees” currently support over 3,000 customers from its purpose-built, multi-temperature warehouse on Sarsfield Road in Cork city.
The business operates a cash and carry service for customers that want to shop in-store across its 15,000 product lines which include frozen, chill, ambient, minerals, packaging, alcohol, food equipment and non-food products.
The company added that it prides itself on its customer service and the unique relationship that its recently expanded 10-strong sales team has with customers.
Community has been at the core of their business for the last 118 years and it has long associations with initiatives such as Cork On a Fork, Marymount Hospice Ball, the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund, Cork Business Association, Carrigaline Lions Club, and the Carrigaline Youth Club Internship Program.