Cultivation/Production, Europe, UK, Ireland, Fresh/ Table

28,000t of potatoes from a family farm in Ireland

Tillage focus: 28,000t of potatoes from a family farm in Co. KilkennyOver the past 45 years, O’Shea Farms has progressed from a family partnership of four brothers – Dick, John, Séamus and Joe O’Shea – to a business with a turnover of €60 million per year. The company processes 28,000t of potatoes each year at its base in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. Iverk Produce, a sister company, distributes 90% of the potatoes and vegetables produced to Aldi. O’Shea Farms is also a sole supplier of carrots to SuperValu. Iverk Produce was formed in the 1980s. Fyffes (Total Produce) then came on board and Iverk Produce became a major distributor of fruit and vegetables to supermarkets across the country. Between the two businesses, 200 people are employed; a further 250 people are employed by local growers who supply Iverk Produce. Needless to say it’s a big operation, and AgriLand was lucky enough to get a glimpse into this monster business on a recent Agricultural Science Association (ASA) tour, sponsored by Glanbia and Total Produce. Read more

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