Safety is our priority
Making sure our people have the right tools to do their job, in a safe environment, is a number one priority for our business. This also means taking great care over the fresh herbs that we grow and process for our consumers.
Creating a culture that makes safety a top goal, and training our staff to adopt behaviours that focus on keeping them free from harm is our main aim. As well as adhering to the strictest regulatory requirements, our own policies and standards are reviewed each year to ensure we are adopting industry best practice and to improve where possible.
In Wicklow, we have a health and safety team dedicated to providing a safe working environment. Every month, this team reviews health and safety data from the farm and site and the findings are discussed by the relevant leadership team so that we can take swift action as required, or share best practice between our teams when something is working well. Quarterly health and safety ‘tool box’ meetings are held formally with all staff reviewing best health and safety practices in the past and upcoming period. We promote a safety culture where each team member is responsible for the safety of those around them.
Our business utilises internationally recognised management standards for quality, safety, environment and food safety to ensure best standards are maintained.
We have an excellent record on food hygiene, so making sure that our herbs are safe to eat is of paramount importance. As you would expect we have strict procedures and processes in place that govern how our fresh herbs are grown, procured, stored and packaged.
One of the ways we keep standards high is through appropriate checks and balances and by regularly being independently audited. We adhere to the BRC standard for quality management, a system which we have externally certified each year. As well as routine internal audits, we invite third party auditors to do unannounced site visits. We also receive regular routine visits each year from Environmental Health Officers.
BRC Global Standard
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.