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2015 has been a bumper season for awards at Meade Potato Company. In addition to nominations for Best Fruit and Vegetable Supplier and Best Health & Safety at the Agribusiness Awards in December, our focus on sustainability has been acknowledged with three nominations in that category: the hotly-contested Bord Bia Food & Drink Sustainability Award, the Agribusiness Awards Sustainability Award and the Meath Business Awards Environmental Responsibility Award. We were delighted to win the latter award, and were taken by surprise when our name was announced again to win the Meath Business of the Year. In a county so rich with enterprising businesses, this is a real honour, and one that belongs to the team behind us here at MPC. A big thanks to all our employees and fellow growers for the part they have played in making this possible!
Accepting the award, our Business Operations Manager Eleanor Meade paid tribute to the team of employees and growers behind Meades and acknowledged the difficulties facing the potato industry with decreased levels of potato consumption. “We are thrilled to get this award and to see potatoes get some accolades tonight. As part of an industry-wide joint Bord Bia – UK Potato Council campaign to inform the public about the great health benefits of potatoes and to get more people eating spuds again. we hope this award might be a good omen!”
Pictured left to right Patrick Mongey, Philip Meade Jr., Eleanor Meade and Jeni Meade of Meade Potato Company at the Meath Business & Tourism Awards.
On 28th and 29th Nov. Meade Potato Company will join 40 other artisan food, drink and craft producers at Kilsharvan House, Bellewstown to ring in the holiday season at the Festive Taste of Boyne Valley. 11-5pm. €5 per car to enter.
Meade Potato Company are delighted to be named a finalist for another sustainability award this season, scooping the nomination for the Best Environmental Responsibility at the Meath Business Awards, Fri Nov. 27. Our commitment to farming sustainably and seeking better ways to manage our resources, our products and our co-products has resulted in numerous cost savings and resource savings that will benefit the environment.
All our hard work to be as environmentally responsible as possible has been recognised as Meade Potato Company have recently become finalists for the Sustainability Award in the Bord Bia - Irish Food Board Food and Drink Awards. The Bord Bia Food and Drink Awards take place on Thursday 12th November, and we are honoured to have been chosen as finalists from a very competitive group of entries, along with AIBP, Dawn Meats, Glanbia, Island seafoods and Boortmalt.
Meade Potato Company has always known the importance of managing our resources effectively in order to get the most out of our land. But in addition to this inbuilt agricultural appreciation of sustainability, Meade Potato Company has always been sustainable because it is usually the most efficient way to run the business. There is an aversion to seeing waste of any sort around the farm and production facility, and this prompted the company to adopt sustainability measures before sustainability was such a buzz word.
In addition to employing sound agricultural practice, we have built an eco-friendly food production facility that includes a 300kW wind turbine to power operations, heat exchangers, inverters, skylights, energy efficient lighting, occupancy sensors, rainwater harvesting collection and plumbing systems throughout the facility. We recycle packaging materials, seek ways to reduce raw material packaging and have instituted a zero food waste policy.
While we participate in numerous community social sustainability activities, we are passionate about food waste prevention. We have contributed to the Crosscare community foodbank since 2005, and have collaborated with foodcloud, VOICE, and Feed the 5000 Dublin on other waste prevention awareness projects.
Managing our resources for the best possible result for the environment and the consumer is a challenge that we enjoy, and we encourage others to join us going green!
A BIG congratulations to students of Newtown NS for all their hard work in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. They produced a fun-filled book entitled Portrait of a Parish, complete with stories, recipes and more. MPC were delighted to support these up and coming entrepreneurs and the programme, whose aim is to encourage students to follow a fundraising product from concept to completion/sale. Pictured below is Philip Meade Sr. with students from Newtown NS. Half of the funds raised are going to the Irish Cancer Society and the rest will go to the school. Copies are available for €6 from students of Newtown NS #WatchOutDragonsDen
THE PERFECT SPUDUCATION: Students from Newtown N.S. and Heronstown N.S., Co. Meath, join Ireland and Leinster rugby player Mike McCarthy on a foggy National Potato Day morning, Friday, 2nd Oct, at the Meade farm potato harvest to get a field to fork spud-ucational tour, and to learn firsthand from McCarthy the importance of the potato in powering your play.
In addition to being football fans here at Meade Potato Company, we also believe in supporting active lifestyles, of which football can play an important role. So it is with pleasure that we sponsored the Meath Intermediate Football Championships on Sunday 4th October at Parc Tailteann. We are proud to be part of the Meath GAA family with this sponsorship and our involvement with Syddan GFC.
This year our neighbours Nobber were beaten after putting up a valiant effort by the much larger club of Ratoath. Pictured below are the winning team Ratoath.
Meade Potato Co. is celebrating the spud for National Potato Day on Friday 2nd Oct by doing a series of hamper giveaways on LMFM and an airfryer giveaway through our facebook page. Up the Spud!
A potato, fruit and veg hamper will be given away every day in the week leading up to National Potato Day 2nd October on the Breakfast show on LMFM with Seamus and Christy. Tune in from 7-9am to find out why the potato is one of the best nutritional choices you can make and answer a simple question about why the spud is a staple of the Irish diet in order to be in with a chance to win.
Get that airfryer you've always wanted in our National Potato Day airfryer giveaway. Simply Like our facebook page, tag your friends/family who love their spuds the most and Share the love to be in with a chance to win an airfryer this Friday! Competition closes on Friday at 4pm. Winner announced on Friday at 4:30pm.
Meade Potato Company sponsors the Outstanding Exhibit in Fruit and Veg Section at the Royal Meath Show this Sunday 6 Sept. in Trim, Co. Meath.
The Royal Meath Show has a long tradition of showcasing the best and brightest of country living in Trim, Co. Meath. Their Home Industries Section is of a high standard with numerous classes catering for every aspect of the home economies. With a particularly impressive Fruit and Vegetable Section always on display, Meade Potato Company is delighted to sponsor the award for Outstanding Exhibit in these classes.
The LMFM Mystery Tour rolled into Meade Potato Co on Wed 2 Sept to treat participants to a behind the scenes look at how produce is brought from our farm to your fork. Seamus Farrelly and Christy of LMFM brought their unique sense of fun and adventure to the tour of the farm and food production facility. A walk up to our Potato Division was followed by a viewing of the Fruit and Vegetable Division, and capped off with some scones and craic in the canteen. It was a pleasure having the 55 participants here, we enjoyed getting to know them and hope that they enjoyed getting to know us!