In 2016 220 Irish Food & Beverage companies (90% of total exports) committed to more than 1,600 sustainability targets representing a 100% increase on the previous year. The sustainability targets were established as part of Bord Bia’s Origin Green sustainability programme, launched in 2013.
Under Origin Green, food and beverage companies are required to create a 3 to 5 year sustainability plan to become fully verified members. In 2016 98 companies became fully verified members bringing the total number of fully verified Origin Green members to 220. A further 310 companies are preparing plans or have already submitted them for verification.
Welcoming these developments, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD said:
“Ireland is world renowned as a producer of safe, quality and sustainable food. The Origin Green brand and the assurances it provides our international customers will assist us as we strive to open new markets. This unique selling point is all the more important in a post Brexit scenario. I would like to thank both our farming community and our agri-food sector for their work in this regard”
Bord Bia’s Director of Sustainable Development, Jim O’Toole, also complimented the industry on progress to date and highlighted the importance of knowledge sharing:
“While no one country, sector, or individual business can solely lead the move towards sustainable production, Bord Bia is committed to working with both domestic and international partners to improve performance through collaboration. Our statement of strategy for 2016-18 – Making a World of Difference – further reinforces this ambition by setting out our commitment to underpin each and every aspect of our work with Origin Green.”