Hardy Memorial Primary School Growing With Gilfresh
May 25, 2023
We were delighted to welcome Primary 3 pupils from Hardy Memorial Primary School in Richhill on a visit to our site recently to help the pupils learn about where their food comes from and what process their vegetables go through to get from our farm to their fork.
With pumpkin planting ongoing at Gilfresh throughout the month of May, the visit started off in one of the pumpkin fields so that the children could see some planting taking place. Managing Director of Gilfresh Produce, William Gilpin and Head of Farm Operations, Richard Gilpin, explained to the children the processes involved in planting, growing and harvesting the crop. The children then got the opportunity to get their sleeves rolled up and plant some pumpkins themselves, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
The children also enjoyed a tour of our production facilities, which enabled them to see what happens to the crops after they are harvested to prepare the vegetables for the supermarket shelves. During the tour, the pupils were able to see the vegetables being washed and packed, where the vegetables are stored and how they are despatched. They also received an insight into the company’s Anaerobic Digester Plant which enables us to create our own green energy on site, reducing our impact on the environment.
Speaking about the visit, William Gilpin commented, “Gilfresh Produce were delighted to link up with Hardy Memorial Primary School to provide the children with an insight into where their food comes from and to educate them on the process involved in getting the food from ‘Farm to Fork’. We hope this experience will help bring to life what they are learning in the classroom and help inspire some future stars in the Agri-Food Industry. We look forward to welcoming the children back in September to harvest the pumpkins which they planted during their visit”.
Gilfresh Sampling at Spar
Gilfresh Receive Support for Growth
March 16, 2023
Gilfresh Produce is in receipt of a grant for Selective Financial Assistance from Invest NI for a capital project. This project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.
Gilfresh Produce bringing ‘Fresh Value’ to the market with Aldi Ireland
March 9, 2023
Gilfresh Produce, leading vegetable growers and producers based in Co. Armagh are delighted to have extended their portfolio of prepared vegetable products through the launch of their brand new ‘Fresh Value’ range which is available now in Aldi Ireland stores.
The first line in the new ‘Fresh Value’ range to launch in Aldi Ireland is the Rainbow Vegetable Stir Fry – a colourful mix of carrot, cabbage, onion, leek, peppers and sweetcorn, which is all prepared and ready to be cooked to make a tasty, healthy stir-fry dinner, in less than 6 minutes.
The ‘Fresh Value’ range was developed as Gilfresh Produce was keen to respond to the current cost of living crisis which is presenting ongoing challenges for consumers. As household budgets continue to be squeezed, the Gilfresh ‘Fresh Value’ Range offers consumers fresh produce mealtime solutions that deliver on quality as well as on value, something which is so important in today’s market.
The launch of the new ‘Fresh Value’ range into Aldi Ireland is in addition to the existing Gilfresh Produce Prepared Vegetable Range already stocked by the retailer, which includes lines such as the Gilfresh Produce Cut Soup Vegetables, Shredded Green Cabbage and their Carrot, Cauliflower and Broccoli Mix.
Matthew Johnston, Account Executive with Gilfresh Produce commented, “Gilfresh Produce is delighted to launch our new ‘Fresh Value’ range in Aldi Ireland stores. The addition of the ‘Fresh Value’ range to our portfolio of products comes at the ideal time for consumers who are feeling their budgets being squeezed due to the rising cost of living. Our new ‘Fresh Value Rainbow Vegetable Stir-Fry’ offers consumers an affordable option to ensure they are still enjoying healthy, quality, fresh local produce.”
Look out for the Gilfresh Fresh Value Rainbow Vegetable Stir-Fry available in Aldi Stores across Ireland now.
CAFRE Students Visit Gilfresh
March 1, 2023
We were delighted to welcome a group of CAFRE students along with their lecturers to our site last week.
Our Head of Sustainability and Innovation, Elaine Neill and General Manager, William Guindi met with the students to give them an overview of our business. They also shared with the students some of the challenges facing the agri-food industry at present and highlighted the opportunities that exist for businesses in achieving net zero.
We are really delighted to see CAFRE including sustainability within their degree programmes as it is such an important issue for our industry today and one which we are very committed to here at Gilfresh Produce.
Wishing all the students the best of luck with the remainder of the studies and future careers.
Guest Lecturing at Queen’s University
February 14, 2023
Gilfresh Produce Recruitment Day
February 13, 2023
Gilfresh Produce ‘Grows’ Range with Aldi Ireland
January 31, 2023
Gilfresh Produce, leading vegetable growers and producers based in Co. Armagh are delighted to have extended their product range with ALDI Ireland. The range of Gilfresh lines stocked in Aldi Ireland stores now includes Gilfresh Produce Cut Soup Vegetables, Shredded Green Cabbage and their Carrot, Cauliflower and Broccoli Mix.
The new lines which are now being listed by Aldi Ireland are in addition to the Gilfresh Produce Vegetable Stir-Fry, Oriental Stir-Fry, Carrot Batons, Vegetable Fajita Kit and Vegetable Spice Bag kit which were already being stocked by the retailer.
The Gilfresh Produce range of freshly prepared vegetables are produced at the company’s base in Loughgall using the finest quality, freshest ingredients. The range offers the ideal solution for people with busy lifestyles who strive to get their 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day. All the peeling, chopping and dicing is done for you and the produce is ready to cook. It couldn’t be easier.
Matthew Johnston, Account Executive with Gilfresh Produce commented, “Since we started supplying Aldi in May 2022 we are delighted that the relationship has grown from strength to strength. We are delighted to be able to bring a wider range of Gilfresh products to Aldi Ireland customers through these new listings and hope to continue to grow our business with Aldi Ireland further in the future.”
Look out for the range of Gilfresh Produce prepared vegetable range in Aldi Stores across Ireland now.
Gilfresh Produce Featuring on UTV’s ‘Rare Breed – A Farming Year’
UTV’s Rare Breed is back on our screens and Gilfresh Produce is delighted to be featured in this series.
‘Rare Breed – A Farming Year’ is a documentary which charts the reality of farming in the 21st century in Northern Ireland, giving a unique insight into one of Northern Ireland’s largest and oldest industries.
The team from Rare Breed followed William Gilpin (owner) and Richard Gilpin (Head of Farm Operations) from Gilfresh during 2022 as they worked with the team here to grow and produce vegetables for a wide a range of customers across the island of Ireland including retailers, wholesalers and food producers.
The first episode, which aired on 19th January 2023, visited Gilfresh Produce in January 2022 when the team was busy harvesting savoy cabbages, some of which actually made their way to customers in Spain.
As the series progresses the show will feature many highlights and challenges which the team at Gilfresh face across a typical year to grow and produce the highest quality vegetables.
Be sure to tune into UTV every Thursday night at 8.30pm to see what Gilfresh and the other eleven featured farms are getting up to from month to month.
You can also catch up on the series if you missed any episodes – just click here.
Get the New Year off to a Healthy Start with Gilfresh Prepared Veg
January 4, 2023
If you are planning on a healthy new year be sure to check out the Gilfresh Produce range of prepared vegetables.
There is no more convenient way to get your five a day than with our prepared veg range – all the peeling, washing, dicing and slicing is done for you. You simply have to cook them – the perfect way for those with busy schedules to get on track with a healthy diet in this new year.
The Gilfresh Produce Prepared Vegetable Range includes the following lines:
- Diced Carrot & Turnip
- Carrot Batons
- Sliced Carrots
- Carrot, Cauliflower & Broccoli
- Vegetable Medley (Broccoli, Carrot, Mange Tout, Baby Corn)
- Broccoli Florets
- Broccoli & Cauliflower Florets
- Sliced Leeks
- Cut Soup Vegetables
- Shredded Cabbage
- Vegetable Stir-Fry
- Oriental Stir-Fry
- Vegetable Spice Bag
- Vegetable Fajita Mix
Where can I buy the Gilfresh Prepared Vegetables?
Selected lines from the Gilfresh Prepared Veg is available now from various leading local retailers including:
- Dunnes Stores
- Vivo Essentials
- Vivo Extra