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Ireland: New potato partnership bids to ‘eliminate’ reliance on imported chips

A new partnership could see Ireland back producing significant amounts of chips for chip shops and distributors throughout the country. As Tamara Fitzpatrick reports for the Independent, O’Shea Farms from Piltown, Co Kilkenny have joined forces with Meadowfresh Foods in Tallow, Co Waterford to market and supply fresh Irish chipping potatoes.

According to TJ O’Shea, director of O’Shea Farms, a lot of chip shops and restaurants want to use Irish-grown potatoes but have trouble sourcing them. “The whole idea is to eliminate the country’s reliance on imported potatoes and promote the production of Irish-grown potatoes,” he said.

“Chip shops prefer Markie potatoes because they are a decent size, have very few eyes and fry to a lovely creamy-white colour. …That’s where we come in: our growers grow the potatoes to the highest standard. Some of them have specialised storage facilities for chipping potatoes. They then pack the potatoes and Meadowfresh distribute them.”

The partnership is in conjunction with the Potato Development Group, an industry body which aims to increase the volume of home-grown potatoes sold in Irish chip shops and restaurants.

Source: Independent. Read the full story here
Photo: ‘Highest standard’: Potatoes being harvested on the O’Shea farm at Ardfinnan, Co Tipperary | Courtesy Dylan Vaughan via the Independent

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