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We rounded out an excellent year on Dec. 23 by honouring the hard work of all of our teams at our annual Christmas awards gathering. While narrowing an award down to one winner is always difficult with a staff who are all hard working, we singled out five candidates who deserved special recognition.
Winning the Employee of the Quarter Award in the Vegetable Division was Donnacha Farrell whose attention to detail and conscientiousness are a great asset to the team. Simas Silianskas won the Employee of the Year for his efficiency with our IT systems and his industriousness in the dispatch department. Pictured below left is Donnacha Farrell with Mark and Peter, and pictured below right is Simas with Patrick, Mark and Peter.
We were able to do a joint presentation as the Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year were won by the same person in the Fruit Division. Daiva Dziaugyte has been a real champion of recent IT improvements. She has been brilliant at helping the team to implement these upgrades. Here she is pictured with Ronan, Darragh and Patrick.
While celebrating the hard work of our entire team in the Potato Division, Rory Young nabbed the Employee of the Quarter Award for his efficiency in the potato yard and Mantas Vaitekunas took the Potato Div. Employee of the Year Award for his incredible work ethic. Pictured below left is Rory with Tommy and Philip Jr. Pictured below right is Mantas with Tommy and Philip Jr.
Meade Potato Company were delighted to hear that the produce we have donated to the Crosscare community foodbank has gone towards making 70,000 meals for people in need in 2016. The potatoes, carrots and other fruit and vegetables that we give the Crosscare foobank every week are re-distributed to people who are in need of some support in meeting their weekly food supply.
Our produce donations to foodcloud, another leading community foodbank in Dublin, for the period from Oct-Dec 2016 helped to make 15,180 meals for people in need. Foodcloud successfully re-distributed 6.9 tonnes of surplus food and thereby saved 8.1 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Our commitment to channelling surplus food to community foodbanks is a pillar of our sustainability plan, and one which we believe reaps high rewards.
Meade Participates in Health Promotion Event at Dunboyne College of Further Education
On Friday 10th March Level 6 Health Care Supervision students, along with their Health Promotion Tutor, Patrice Byrne, organised a Healthy Eating Event in the college. The aim of the health promotion event was to encourage students to incorporate healthy eating options into their diet in an effort to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Grainne Whelehan, Nutritionist, kindly agreed to come and speak with the students and gave a very entertaining presentation on nutrition and healthy eating. We were joined by Avonmore/Glanbia, Brennan’s Bread, Fyffes, Gempack/Sowan’s Food Products, Glenisk Yogurts and Irish Pride in showcasing the benefits of Ireland's healthy foods.
The 6th Meath Spring Half Marathon & 10k which incorporated the 44th Rennicks Cup & 41st Fr Delany cup & the Meath Half Harathon Championship was held by Bohermeen AC on March 19th. The event has grown into one of the most popular events in Ireland; people made the journey from 28 counties of Ireland to the event, which is a highlight of the athletics calendar.
Meade Potato Co. were happy to join in by demonstrating our commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating through our sponsorship of fruit for the third year running. After Tony picked up the fruit, the younger members of the club joined in the packing of the goody bags.