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We are trialling an innovative replacement for plastic packaging with our retailer Lidl. The new Meade 2kg White Potato bag aims to eliminate the plastic bag that is commonly used for packing our delicious new season white potatoes. Sustainably-sourced starch-coated paper is partnered with water-based ink and corn-starch-based netting to produce a 100% compostable bag that protects our potatoes and is kinder to the environment.
For retailers, this technology will make the goal of reducing plastic that much more achievable. For growers and packers such as Meade, this use of cutting-edge technology represents progress for improving fruit and vegetable category packaging.
“We are always trying to be as sustainable as possible, but we need technology that is safe, efficient and affordable. This bag represents a breakthrough in our industry in terms of protecting the product and harnessing existing packing processes with innovative new materials,” remarks Philip Meade Jr., Commercial Director, Meade Potato Company.
Consumers are asked to dispose of the new compostable bag in their brown bin. The bags are intended for industrial composting which creates compost for use by Ireland's gardeners and farmers.
The paper is FSC Certified from sustainable forests and the bag has been trialled and approved for compost certification. The water-based ink is also certified, meaning that all materials used in the making of the bag are environmentally friendly.
FAMILY FUN DAY & NATIONAL POTATO DAY 5k 29TH SEPT. 2019
ALL FOR THE LOVE OF THE POTATO, AND FUN, OF COURSE!
We are opening our gates on Sunday 29th September from 12 noon to 4:30pm to fundraise for local schools and Ardee Hospice, with a combination of our National Potato Day 5K and the Family Fun Day on the Farm. We hope to raise awareness for National Potato Day which occurs on Friday, 4th October this year. Entry is by donation and all proceeds go back into the community for worthy causes.
The 5K run/walk will start promptly at 12:30pm and is intended for both serious runners and happy walkers of all ages, with digital clock timing similar to the Park Run style for those wishing to clock their time. Other activities on offer include Bouncy Castles, Mini Tractor Grand Prix, Grand Machinery Display, Face Painting, Ladyrath Lane Mini Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, a variety of potato refreshments and much more.
There will be both indoor and outdoor activities, so rain, hail or shine the Meade family will be ready to welcome all.
No pre-registration is necessary, but we would love for you to register your interest on our Facebook event. There will constant updates so please keep abreast of our Facebook page.
If you are running, please note that you will be asked to reguister before the race which starts promptly at 12:30. Due to road arrangements, we cannot cater for late starters.
Meade Potato Company are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our staff, customers and public during this Coronavirus outbreak. Our farm and food production facility will follow HSE guidelines and operate business as usual but will be closed to any non-essential visitors. Unfortunately, this includes our canteen, which will only be open for employees for the foreseeable future.