Gilfresh Produce Prepping for a ‘Veggie’ Busy Christmas Period
December 8, 2022
Here at Gilfresh Produce we are getting set for a busy Christmas season. Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year at Gilfresh as we work to bring the best quality, freshest, local vegetables to consumers across the island of Ireland to enjoy as part of their festive celebrations.
What Christmas dinner would be complete without the vegetables? Carrots, parsnips and the age old favourite, Brussel sprouts, are all staples for the Christmas Day feast and Gilfresh Produce are proud to grow and supply all of these lines to leading retailers and food manufacturing clients across the island of Ireland.
As well as producing the finest in whole head vegetables, Gilfresh Produce also produces a range of own brand prepared vegetable products such as sliced carrots. Why not pick up a pack of these instead to help take the stress out of the preparations? All the chopping, dicing and slicing will be done for you.
Over the course of the next two weeks Gilfresh Produce will harvest tonnes of crops and wash, produce, pack and distribute them to customers in time for the Christmas rush. Production at their state of the art premise in Loughgall, will be operating 24 hours a day for the week before Christmas as the hard working team work to meet demand for fresh, local produce this Christmas.
Gilfresh Produce is a family run company which was first established in 1965 by Thomas Gilpin who started his career growing vegetables in a 4 acre field at his family home. The company has grown and expanded over the years and has today firmly established itself as one of the country’s leading vegetable providers.
Thomas’s son, William Gilpin is the current Managing Director of the Company and speaking of the upcoming festive rush he said, “Christmas is a very busy period for us all here at Gilfresh Produce. Our team pull out all the stops to ensure that the seasonal vegetables reach our customers in time for the busy Christmas trading period. We grow the key Christmas lines – carrots, parsnips and Brussel sprouts here on our farm. We start to plan for Christmas at the beginning of the year, ensuring we have enough crops in the ground to meet seasonal demand. Once we harvest the crops they are taken to our production facilities where they are washed and packed before being despatched to our customers.
As well as the whole head products we also produce a range of prepared vegetables, such as sliced carrots, which is a great option as well for busy households at Christmas.
We are very proud to play such an important role in the Christmas festivities and I have no doubt the team here at Gilfresh will deliver the best of local produce once again this year.”
Advent Calendar Staff Draw
December 2, 2022
Each year we run an Advent Calendar Staff Draw during the month of December.
All of our staff are entered into a draw to win a mystery daily prize from 1st to 24th December.
Ceire from our HR team is pictured with Mario, our Head of Operations launching the initiative. Good luck Everyone!
It’s beginning to look a lot like…Brussel Sprout season
We grow our own Brussel Sprouts on our farm here at Gilfresh Produce which means December is a busy month as we work to get them all harvested and onto the supermarket shelves in time for Christmas Dinner.
Ionut and Cosmin from our farm team are pictured aboard our Brussel Sprout harvester earlier this week.
Once harvested we bring the sprouts to our production facilities where they are packed and despatched to our customer.
Amazing Food and Drink – Ingredients Sourced
November 22, 2022
We are delighted to feature in the ‘Ingredients Sourced’ series on the ‘Amazing Food & Drink’ YouTube Channel. Check out the Gilfresh episode by clicking the link below.
This video charts the story behind Gilfresh Produce and features owners William and Thomas Gilpin as well as various other members of the wider Gilfresh team who highlight what we do here at Gilfresh Produce to get our vegetables from our farm to your fork.
Many thanks to Profile Tree for asking us to be involved and helping to shine a light on what we do here at Gilfresh Produce.
What do you do with your pumpkin after Halloween?
November 2, 2022
Countless pumpkins are purchased each year for carving and decorating our houses and doorsteps at Halloween.
We’ve put together a few ideas on what you could do with your pumpkin after Halloween to help reduce food waste generated by this age old tradition…
Cook it – If your pumpkin still appears fresh why not use to it make some pumpkin soup or even a delicious pumpkin pie? Check out our pumpkin soup recipe from a few weeks back here.
Pumpkin Seeds – why not take these out and roast them for a tasty snack? Or take out the seeds and store the seeds until next May and have a go at growing your own pumpkin?
Compost it – remove any candles or other items which it was decorated with and put it in your food waste or compost bin. Don’t send pumpkins to landfill – pumpkins which go to landfill produce methane gas as they decompose which plays a part in climate change.
Gilfresh Produce ‘Top of the Crops’ at Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards
October 28, 2022
Leading vegetable growers and providers, Gilfresh Produce, based in Loughgall in Co. Armagh, picked up two awards in the prestigious 2022 Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards which took place on Tuesday 13th September 2022 in Dublin.
The coveted awards seek to recognise and celebrate the best of retail, wholesale and foodservice food and drink products available in Ireland and so Gilfresh Produce were delighted to be amongst the winners on the night. This year’s judging panel included food buyers, product developers, chefs, bakers, and dieticians, all at the top of their industries.
Gilfresh Produce is thrilled to have picked up a bronze award for in the ‘Fresh Produce – Vegetables’ category for their Gilfresh Produce Vegetable Fajita Kit.
The Gilfresh Produce Vegetable Fajita Kit is a mix which contains onions, peppers and a spicy seasoning sachet and offers a tasty, convenient and healthy meal solution for consumers. This is a versatile product which, once cooked can be enjoyed in a number of ways including in a wrap for a health lunch, with rice for a filling and tasty dinner or equally on its own as a side to a main meal. The seasoning sachet allows consumers to add flavour to their meal according to their own their desired taste which means all the family can enjoy. The Gilfresh Produce Vegetable Fajita Kit is currently available from ALDI, Tesco Ireland and Tesco NI Stores.
Richard Gilpin, Head of Farm Operations at Gilfresh also picked up the prestigious ‘Rising Star’ Award on the night. The ‘Rising Star’ Award recognises individuals aged 30 and under across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who have a passion for food and drink and are making strides within the industry.
Richard Gilpin is 24 years old and is a valued member of the Gilfresh Group Leadership team having joined the company full time upon graduating from Queen’s University in Belfast with a first class honours degree in May 2021. Richard leads a team of over 25 staff who work on the farm side of the business and is responsible for overseeing the growing of 1500 acres, made up of a mixture of vegetables, cereals and forage crops.
St. Oliver Plunkett’s Pupils Pick Up A Pumpkin at Gilfresh Produce
October 20, 2022
Gilfresh Produce, leading vegetable growers and suppliers based in Loughgall were delighted to welcome pupils from St. Oliver Plunkett’s Primary School, Ballyhegan to their farm recently to see their pumpkin patch and explore their maize maze, both of which they planted this year for the first time.
The pupils took part in a spooky letter hunt around the maze before arriving at the pumpkin patch where the pumpkins had been grown. They were then able to learn more about the planting, growing and harvesting methods used.
Each child picked up a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch to take away with them. St. Oliver Plunkett’s Primary School is running a pumpkin carving competition for the pupils with the pumpkins on the approach to Halloween.
Speaking about the visit, Anne Mac Oscar, Sales & Marketing Executive at Gilfresh Produce said, “Gilfresh Produce were delighted to link up with St. Oliver Plunkett’s Primary School to give the children an insight into the process involved in growing, harvesting and packing the pumpkins. It was a pleasure to have them come to the field to see for themselves where the pumpkins come from and learn more about the work that goes into getting them to the supermarket shelves. Here at Gilfresh Produce we have grown around 400,000 pumpkins this year which we supply to local retailers and pumpkin patches.”
Gilfresh Produce, which was first established by Thomas Gilpin in 1965, is a family run business which has firmly established itself as one of the country’s leading vegetable providers, dedicated to the growing and sourcing of the highest quality produce to retail and food manufacturing customers throughout the island of Ireland. They also recently launched a new and improved range of Gilfresh Produce prepared vegetables which helps busy families to get their 5 a day in a quick and convenient way. Thomas’s son, William Gilpin, is the current Managing Director of the business and leads a team of approximately 140 staff based from the company’s Loughgall headquarters. This is the fourth year Gilfresh Produce has grown pumpkins and it is an area of the business which has developed and strengthened year on year.
For more information please contact Gilfresh Produce on 028 3889 1278.
Gilfresh Produce Finalists in Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards
August 4, 2022
Leading vegetable growers and providers, Gilfresh Produce, based in Loughgall in Co. Armagh, are delighted to have been named as finalists in the prestigious 2022 Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards which will take place on Tuesday 13th September 2022 in Dublin.
The coveted awards seek to recognise and celebrate the best of retail, wholesale and foodservice food and drink products available in Ireland.
Gilfresh Produce is thrilled to be listed amongst the finalists in the ‘Fresh Produce – Vegetables’ category for their Gilfresh Produce Vegetable Fajita Kit.
The Gilfresh Produce Vegetable Fajita Kit is a mix which contains onions, peppers and a spicy seasoning sachet and offers a tasty, convenient and healthy meal solution for consumers. The components of the product are carefully selected and prepared to ensure that they are of the highest quality.
This is a versatile product which, once cooked can be enjoyed in a number of ways including in a wrap for a health lunch, with rice for a filling and tasty dinner or equally on its own as a side to a main meal. The seasoning sachet allows consumers to add flavour to their meal according to their own their desired taste which means all the family can enjoy.
The Gilfresh Produce Vegetable Fajita Kit is produced locally in Co. Armagh and is currently available from ALDI stores across the island of Ireland and will be coming to other leading retailers soon. For more information on the Gilfresh Produce Vegetable Fajita Kit or on any other lines in the Gilfresh Produce Prepared Vegetable Range which includes a mix of core vegetable mixes such as Carrot & Turnip; Carrot Batons; Carrot, Cauliflower & Broccoli; Sliced Carrots; Sliced Leeks; Soup Vegetables and Shredded Cabbage, as well as recent new and innovative additions to the range including the Vegetable Stir-Fry; Oriental Stir-Fry and Vegetable Spice Bag please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 3889 1278.
Gilfresh Primed for More Growth After Investment in New Production Facilities
April 26, 2022
Co. Armagh food company Gilfresh Produce has invested in new facilities and technology that will allow it to increase production to meet rising demand for locally sourced fresh food.
Loughgall-based Gilfresh Produce is a family run company established by the Gilpin Family over 50 years ago.
Gilfresh invested in the expansion of its production facility during Covid-19, initially to allow the processing of fresh food to continue under strict social distancing requirements. Supported by Danske Bank, the additional production and staging space it created is now enabling Gilfresh to streamline its processes and extend its season.
Danske Bank has also provided a significant funding package to enable the company to take advantage of increased demand for local fresh produce, with investment being made in new technology needed to automate additional processes.
William Gilpin, Managing Director of Gilfresh, said: “Our vegetable processing business plays a significant role in the Northern Ireland food chain. Danske Bank assisted Gilfresh with the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic presented and also helped us prepare for the next part of our journey as we endeavour to become even more efficient and environmentally friendly.
“We have a long and much valued relationship with Danske Bank, and are thankful to our relationship manager, Fiona King, who has taken the time to really understand the needs of our business, especially during the last two years. This has been a great asset to our management team.”
Fiona King, Corporate Banking Manager at Danske Bank said: “Gilfresh is an essential indirect supplier of fresh food to Northern Ireland homes and during Covid we wanted to help ensure the security of supply was not compromised. As a result of the investment made during this time, the business has emerged stronger. We’ve worked with Gilfresh for many years and are pleased to have been able to provide a new funding package to help the business on the next stage of its journey.”
Gilfresh Receive Support for Growth
October 15, 2020
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.