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Celebrating the Potato at Meades 2017

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It's National Potato Day and we've been celebrating the humble spud a lot lately.  See some of our celebrations in the link below!


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Posted on Friday, 6 October 2017  |  By Jeni-Meade


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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE SPUD: Meade Potato Co. opens its doors to celebrate National Potato Day


In advance of National Potato Day on Friday, October 6, Meade Potato Company has opened its doors with “Behind the Scenes with the Spud” tours to encourage people to appreciate the potato, its versatility and the excellent nutritional benefits it offers. 


On Thursday, September 28, Meade Potato Company welcomed the 5th and 6th class students of Heronstown N.S. and Newtown N.S. for a field to fork tour of their farm and food production facility.  Farm Manager Conor O’Malley brought them into a field of Rooster potatoes where he explained the fundamentals of growing.  They then followed the journey of the spud as it enters the packhouse and is bagged in preparation for dispatch to their customers.  A quiz by the Meade QA Manager on the different varieties revealed that there were many spud lovers in the audience who knew their stuff when it comes to spuds.  A trip to the Meade Prepared Foods Division also allowed them to witness the journey of those spuds that get peeled and sent on to foodservice and catering customers.  The children were able to witness starch being extracted from the potato peelings for sale onwards to food ingredient and clothing companies.  They learned how these complementary businesses help ensure as much of the potato as possible is used with a view towards maximum sustainability.

Students of Heronstown and Newtown NS in Lobinstown listen to the fundamentals of potato growing as explained by Meade Potato Company Farm Manager Conor O’Malley in advance of National Potato Day.

Students of Heronstown and Newtown NS in Lobinstown get a behind the scenes look at the journey of the potato from field to fork.  The company invited the schools down to celebrate the spud in advance of National Potato Day which is on Friday, October 6.




Students heard about the many ways the company aims to be as green as possible.  From its zero food waste status to its new water filtration system to its widespread use of skylights and work with community foodbanks, Meade Potato Co. showed examples of how they have tried to manage their resources efficiently.  “I was really impressed by how tuned into being green the children were.  It’s great to see that awareness at a young age; hopefully this will carry through all their lives,” observed Jeni Meade who conducted the tour.


After a brief tour of the Fruit and Vegetable Division, the students heard about the many nutritional benefits of the potato and got a well-deserved meal and goody bag of fruit, veg and potatoes to bring home.  “Our aim was to ensure the children appreciated how good for you potatoes are – more fibre than two slices of brown bread, more potassium than a banana and loads of Vitamin C, B1 and B6.  With any luck, they will demand potatoes at every meal from now on!” said Eleanor Meade on the day.

 Students of Heronstown and Newtown NS in Lobinstown enjoyed a day out of the classroom at Meade Potato Company’s farm, celebrating the spud in advance of National Potato Day.  They learned about its history, sustainability, nutrition and versatility as a part of the Irish diet.





Combining efforts to promote National Potato Day and celebrate the bountiful food of the Boyne Valley, the company also hosted a Boyne Valley Food Series event in honour of the spud on Friday, September 29.  With an array of foodies from near and far, the guests went behind the scenes with the spud from the field to the fork.  Sustainability and nutrition were covered during the tour, which ended with a feast celebrating the spud.  Using the produce of fellow Boyne Valley food producers was an important part of the meal experience; guests enjoyed artisan sausages from the Whole Hogg based in Slane, carrots freshly harvested from the Meade fields and apple juice from Stameen Farm (with some sampling of their Dan Kelly’s Cider for the non-drivers!). But the star of the show was the spud, which went global for the meal.  Showcasing the versatility of the spud is a main aim of National Potato Day so the spud was offered here in traditional ways of mashed, chipped and champ, as well as Swedish Hasselback potatoes, French Dauphinois and Indian curried potatoes.  “It was brilliant to see the spud used in so many dishes; it really is such a versatile and nutritional food.  We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the tour,” said visitor Gerry Farrell.

 Foodie tourists from the Behind the Scenes with the Spud tour pose before going in for their meal to celebrate the spud. Meade Potato Company hosted the group as part of the Boyne Valley Food Series and to raise awareness of the potato in advance of National Potato Day




Rounding out celebrations was a Dig Your Dinner Day at the Heronstown National School where allt he students went out to the school garden and dug up the rooster potatoes they had planted earlier in the year.  Fresh spuds were enjoyed all around Lobinstown on National Potato Day - goal achieved!

National Potato Day is a nationwide effort of potato growers in association with Bord Bia to publicise the many health benefits of the potato and its versatility as an important part of the Irish diet.


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Posted on Thursday, 2 November 2017  |  By Jeni-Meade


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EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS: Once again, we had a tough time picking just one winner from each division as the whole team has been excellent at adapting quickly and efficiently to new products and systems this quarter. We picked Natalia Grzywacz in the Fruit & Veg Division (pictured here w/ Stephen & Daragh).


In the Potato Division, Mantas Vaizmuzis was the winner (pictured L-R: Tommy, Mantas, Philip Jr. & Radek). Congrats winners and well done to the entire team this quarter!



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Posted on Friday, 3 November 2017  |  By Jeni-Meade


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Meade Potato Company Scoops Fruit and Vegetable Agribusiness of the Year as well as Prepared Foods Agribusiness of the Year


Meade Potato Company has won the Fruit and Vegetable Agribusiness of the Year at the Agribusiness Awards held at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin on Thursday, November 9.  In presenting the award the independent judging panel from the academic, semi-state, local government and private sectors commended the company on their family farm ethos and their sustainability.  This is their third year to win this accolade.


The company was also a new entrant in the Prepared Foods category, having started a Prepared Foods Division in 2016 specialising in peeled potatoes for the foodservice, catering and retail markets. Winning in this category, Robert Devlin of Meade Potato Company, commented, “We were delighted to win this award as well, given that this is a relatively new venture for us that has filled a gap in the foodservice market and advanced our sustainability significantly.”


Other agri-food award winners on the night included Clonakilty Food Co., Manor Farm and Dawn Meats.


Meade Potato Company are growers, packers and distributors that employ 240 people from their farm in Lobinstown, County Meath.  The family business was established in 1982 and specialises in growing potatoes and carrots but also work with a team of growers that enable them to offer the full range of fresh produce to retailers ncountrywide.  Their recent expansion into Prepared Foods has seen them enter the Foodservice and Catering markets with their freshly peeled potatoes. They were also recently commended at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards for their potatoes, the only potatoes to receive a commendation on the night. 



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Posted on Wednesday, 15 November 2017  |  By Jeni-Meade


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IRISH FOOD QUALITY AWARDS Meade Rooster Potatoes - Only Potatoes Commended 

Meade Potato Co. were shortlisted for the Irish Quality Food Awards which is a real achievement in such a hotly contested category.  Our Meade Rooster Potatoes were the only potatoes on the shortlist to be commended at the awards. 



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Posted on Wednesday, 15 November 2017  |  By Jeni-Meade


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FoodCloud received a well-deserved Special Achievement Award at the recent Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and chose MPC as their featured partner in a video shown on the night and broadcast on TV3.: CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO CLIP (at 34 minute mark).


Our work with FoodCloud over the past 5 years has included staging public events to highlight food waste prevention, participating in public dialogues, donating to their community foodbanks and developing a gleaning programme to address field waste.


Filming of the Meade Potato Co. and FoodCloud partnership for a video which was shown on the night and televised on TV3.


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Posted on Wednesday, 15 November 2017  |  By Jeni-Meade


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Temporary & full-time staff required @ Meade Potato Co.  Immediate start. Flexibility a must (includes weekend work). If you are hardworking & diligent, please send CV to


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Posted on Thursday, 22 March 2018  |  By Jeni-Meade


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Meade Potato Co. was honoured to win the Innovation category at Marks and Spencer's Farming for the Future Awards presented at the Balmoral Show this year.  Pictured above are Patrick Meade being presented with the award by Peter Kennedy, Agriculture Manager at Marks and Spencer.


The judges cited the family's passion for sustainability, innovative approach to reducing food waste, energy use and improving efficiency, as well as their willingness to help educate other producers about innovative, sustainable practices.  


"We are delighted to receive this award as it recognises the commitment to quality and sustainability that we share," explains Patrick Meade.  "Innovation, sustainability and efficiency go hand in hand."   

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Posted on Tuesday, 22 May 2018  |  By Jeni-Meade


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TV3 News recently visited our farm to discuss the drought conditions which have affected ourselves and all growers throughout Ireland. With vegetable yields expected to drop by at least 50%, this is a news story whose effects will be felt in late 2018 and 2019 food supplies.

Click here to watch the TV3 News interview with Meade Potato Company on the 2018 drought.

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Posted on Friday, 13 July 2018  |  By Jeni-Meade

Family Food and Drink Producer of the Year Award

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Meade Potato Company has won the Energia Family Business Food and Drink Producer of the Year Award in Dublin. The award follows previous recognition for the family farm business in 2018, including the Food and Drink Business Awards for Fresh Produce Company of the Year and Sustainable Factory of the Year. 


"Our business is an extension of our family farm and as such, it has many of the strengths derived from a family farm: pride in what we produce; total dedication to the job and an appreciation of teamwork," explains Business Operations Manager Eleanor Meade.  


Meade Potato Company, based in Lobinstown, Co. Meath, is a leading grower, packer and distributor of fresh produce to the retail and foodservice sector. Specialising in growing potatoes, carrots and onions from their family farm, they also use their expertise to source the full range of fresh produce.


The company's entry into the foodservice and catering market in 2016 with peeled potatoes for their Prepared Food range has met with success; increased orders have recently necessitated the addition of a new production line.  


"Our desire to be as sustainable as possible led us initially to develop our peeled potato line. We're delighted that our peeled potatoes have proven so popular with customers," says Meade.


Sustainability has been a driving force for the company's development. In addition to their Prepared Food Division, their commitment to utilising as much of the potato crop as possible has led them to extract and sell the starch from their potatoes. Other sustainability initiatives include energy, water, packaging and employee and community development measures.


"While we do focus on sustainability and have been recognised for that over the years, it is nice today to receive recognition for our core business of producing food. And we certainly welcome an awards programme like this that celebrates how businesses benefit from a family influence," remarks Meade.

Meade Potato Company Family Food & Drink Producer of the Year

Pictured Robert Devlin (Ardee) and Eleanor Meade (Navan) of Meade Potato Company winners of Family Food and Drink Producer of the Year sponsored by Baker Tilly with Neil Hughes of Baker Tilly at the 2019 Energia Family Business Awards which were hosted by Today FM’s Matt Cooper in The Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin 2 on Friday 24th May The awards were developed to showcase the success of Irish family businesses throughout the 32 counties of Ireland and highlight the impact of their businesses both in their own communities, nationally and beyond.  Photo by Paul Sherwood


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Posted on Thursday, 6 June 2019  |  By Jeni-Meade

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