Michael Burke (Commercial Director), Ruth Callaghan (Commercial Director), Declan Tolan (Financial Director), Rory Callaghan (Managing Director) with the Nature’s Bes haul of awards in the recent Irish Quality Food Awards. Photo: Paul Connor.
Drogheda fresh food company, Nature’s Best, are this week celebrating a quadruple success in the recent Irish Quality Food awards and have also announced plans for a major expansion next year.
The company's Managing Director Rory Callaghan said that everyone at Nature’s Best was thrilled to have scooped four top awards for their fresh salad products in the Fresh Produce and the Good Choice categories. He also took the opportunity to announce that they have exciting plans to expand their Drogheda factory next year.
“The fresh food sector in Ireland is a really competitive market and we have worked hard to be leaders in this industry” he said.
“Winning these awards is a huge credit to our team who work so hard to develop, produce and deliver superb products to our customers right across the country.”
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Established over 30 years ago, Nature’s Best now has over 300 staff which makes it one of the largest employers in Drogheda.
“Many people know our company name but don’t really know what we do. We produce over 750,000 fresh salad products every week in our HQ here in Drogheda. We produce top quality own brand products for all of Ireland’s leading retailers and you’ll find these delicious healthy convenience foods on supermarket shelves in every town and village across the country.”
But the team at Nature’s Best are certainly not resting on their laurels. Their New Product Development team are constantly coming up with new ideas and currently have a number of new products coming to market including “No Mayo” salads, “It’s A Date” energy snacks and a delicious range of Healthy Horizons flavoured hummus and soups.
“The New Product Development team have also designed a range of longer-life products suitable for the export market” Rory continued. “We’re now exporting to the Middle East inc. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain and we’re in negotiations for a major deal into Hong Kong.”
Not content with scooping 4 major awards and bringing great new products to market, Rory and his team need to grow their facility to cope with the rising demand. “Subject to planning permission, our plan is to expand our facility by another 35,000 square feet in 2018. Expansion also means the creation of 75 more jobs for Drogheda and the north-east bringing our workforce to nearly 400.”
Nature’s Best are proud supporters of many Drogheda community initiatives including the Boyne 10K, Drogheda FC, Drogheda Soup Kitchen, Drogheda Homeless Aid and local schools. Indeed, Nature’s Best founder Paddy Callaghan is continuing his service of the community in his role as President of Drogheda and District Chamber this year.
“Being part of the fabric of Drogheda’s community matters to us in Nature’s Best. It’s where we and our team live and work and we’re proud to be a driving force here in our home town.”
Some of the 300 plus staff at Nature's Best celebrate winning four top awards at the Irish Food Quality Awards.