Quality

Our beliefs

Our aim is to produce consistent and high quality fresh herbs for our customers to enjoy every day.

All our staff are committed to ensuring that the quality assurance system and operating procedures are understood, implemented and maintained throughout the company.

We are committed to working both individually and collectively towards achieving a product, which is to the highest quality standard for our customers.

Certificates

Bord Bia

  • The Bord Bia Horticulture Quality Assurance Scheme sets out the requirements for Best Practice in fruit and vegetable production, packing and processing. O’Hanlon Herbs are annually audited and accredited under this scheme.

    This certification is operated in accordance with EN45011 requirement, which are based on established best practice as determined by technical, industry representatives and other experts. They are also based on current legislation, relevant industry guidelines and international standards.

BRC Global Standard

  • BRC Issue 7 has been developed to specify the food safety, quality and operational criteria required to be in place within a food manufacturing organization to fulfill obligations with regard to legal compliance and protection of the consumer.

    The format and content of the Standard is designed to allow and assessment of a company’s premises, operational systems and procedures by a competent third party, the certification body, against the requirements of the standard.

Global G.A.P

  • This certificate guarantees that growers follow the globally accepted ‘Good Agricultural Practice’. Our international suppliers are Global G.A.P. approved.

    Aspects such as hygiene, reduction of pesticides, efficient use of natural resources, temperature control, prevention of microbiological contamination and a responsible attitude towards the health and safety of the employees are some of the things that are safeguarded with this certification.

Environmental Stewardship

As a sustainable Irish farm, growing and packing operation, we are committed to conducting our activities in an environmentally responsible manner. We are continually investing in research and innovation to reduce the impact on the environment and lower the amount of resources we use.

We are proud to be a member of the Origin Green programme, which is a commitment to operate sustainably – in terms of emissions, energy conservation, water management and biodiversity. We are meeting this commitment through a variety of our own initiatives.

Our state of the art glasshouses are built to minimize the effect on the natural surrounding environment and improve energy efficiency. One of our sustainability initiatives is the reduction of using heating oil by 100% through conversion to woodchip.

Our irrigation is from harvested rainwater from our glasshouse roof and we use a sophisticated system to recycle irrigation water internally in our growing area. We use minimal pesticides by using an Integrated Pest Management system as well as biological controls.

As an alternative to plastic packaging, some of our packaging is made from renewable materials, such as cornstarch. Energy conservation is an ongoing commitment both to remain competitive but also to care for our natural resources in a sustainable way.

Origin Green

  • O’Hanlon Herbs is proud to be a verified member of Origin Green – an unprecedented sustainability programme, which operates on a national scale.

    Origin Green enables farmers and producers to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets – reducing environmental impact, serving local communities more effectively, and protecting the rich natural resources in Ireland.

Repak

  • O’Hanlon Herbs subscribe annually to REPAK, which is an industry body charged with reducing packaging waste by encouraging best practices.

    Repak is a business led compliance scheme licensed by the Irish government to collectively fund recovery and recycling of packaging on behalf of Irish producers.

Ballynagran Energy Plus

  • O’Hanlon Herbs is proud to have received assistance from the Ballynagran Energy Plus project.

    Ballynagran Community, located in the heart of County Wicklow, has embarked on an ambitious and generous project to become an Energy Plus Community within the next fifteen years.

    The focus of the project is reducing energy consumption in buildings, transportation and food production and to produce self reliant renewable energy for Ballynagran.