Gilfresh Produce is a family run company based in Loughgall in Northern Ireland, established by the Gilpin Family over 50 years ago. In the beginning it was very much a ‘family affair’ with the Gilpin family growing cabbages and scallions for the Belfast market.
By the early to mid-1980’s Thomas Gilpin started to supply Supermarkets, delivering to their distribution centres throughout Northern Ireland. Thomas’ wealth of experience and innovative ideas enabled him to grow the business from a small operation to a significant local employer. He began working on new methods of storing coleslaw cabbage over the winter for local food processors. With this development Thomas began to create the current packing and storage facilities.
How we’ve grown
Gilfresh Produce now grows and manages the growing of over 2,500 acres of field vegetables and salad crops ranging from traditional Root Vegetables, Salad Crops and Brassica Vegetables. Within this portfolio of produce there are some more unusual vegetables like Pak Choi and Celeriac. This extensive portfolio of produce is grown both locally in Ireland whenever the climate allows and also throughout other parts of Europe via contract growers, enabling Gilfresh Produce to provide their customers with continuity of supply of quality produce 52 weeks of the year.
The pack house in Co.Armagh conforms to the highest standards within the industry including having BRC Global Food Standard Accreditation. This standard extends to the new vegetable preparation facility, operational from July 2013, which supplies a growing range of prepared vegetable.
Today Thomas utilises his lifetime of growing experience through management of the grower base whilst son William oversees the daily operations at the factory location. Alongside them, Gilfresh boasts an experienced team of nearly 130 talented people, dedicated to the delivery of fresh produce of the finest quality to our customers throughout the UK and Ireland.
In 2013, Gilfresh were delighted to launch its own Gilfresh brand of core and prepared vegetable products to stores across Northern Ireland. The Gilfresh range continues to be developed and is now sold in stores across the UK.