Origin Green Gold Membership for Chamber Members

Bord Bia has acknowledged the sustainability performance of 97 Irish food and drink companies that have attained Origin Green Gold Membership in 2023, including County Wexford Chamber members.

Gold Membership is given to companies, which are members of the Origin Green programme, in recognition of their enhanced sustainability efforts. Nine Wexford companies were awarded Gold Membership at the event, including County Wexford Chamber members Irish Country Meats, Killowen Farm, Trudies Kitchen, and Wexford Home Preserves. The other businesses in receipt of Gold Membership were Atlantis Seafood, Drover Foods Ltd, Greenhill Fruit Farm Ltd, Slaney Farms Produce Ltd, and Sofrimar.

The Gold Members were formally recognized at Bord Bia’s annual Origin Green Sustainability Seminar on November 30, which was opened by Charlie McConalogue T.D, Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine.

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Deirdre Ryan, Director of Sustainability and Quality Assurance, Origin Green at Bord Bia, who officially announced the 2023 Gold Members, said: “Origin Green continues to be a pioneering programme for sustainability in Ireland.

“It is particularly pleasing to see that 80% of our Gold Members are from the SME sector, as typically, smaller companies do not have large teams working in the area of sustainability and in many cases, their achievements are based on the drive and energy of one person within the company.”

Commenting on the Gold Membership Awards, Jim O’Toole, CEO of Bord Bia, said: “The growing number of companies reaching sustainable targets and achieving Gold Membership is encouraging and we look forward to continuing to support Irish food and drink businesses in their drive to achieve sustainable operations.

“However, we can’t stand still. On the contrary, we have to re-double our collective efforts. Under Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, the agri-food sector must reduce its emissions by 25% by 2030. By working closely with like-minded organisations, we at Bord Bia and the Origin Green programme will provide the leadership and technical support to the industry to ensure sustainability continues to drive positive change in the sector,” added Mr O’Toole.