Donegal-based seafood producer, Island Seafoods Ltd, made a big splash this week as it announced their achievement of carbon neutrality. The family-run business based in Killybegs, has become one of the first Irish food businesses to install its own wind turbine.
This latest innovation in the company’s sustainable practices, builds upon the previous installation of their on-site hydroelectric plant. These initiatives have allowed the company to generate its own green electricity powering its entire production facility.
By producing its own green electricity, it is saving 361 tonnes of CO2e in imported electricity per year. This is the equivalent of the carbon emissions of one car driving around the world 52 times.
The news comes as Island Seafoods Ltd also “reeled in” a new contract with Aldi Ireland. Since 2018, the multi award-winning producer has supplied Aldi with its smoked mackerel products, including Aldi’s Specially Selected Beachwood Smoked Irish Mackerel. As a direct result of the new deal, Island Seafoods Ltd has been able to create five new permanent jobs, while also providing the financial security to invest in its sustainable business practices.
Welcoming the news, Aldi Group Buying Director John Curtin said: “Through partnering with Island Seafoods, Aldi shoppers get to buy the very best smoked mackerel products available. We are committed to supporting local Irish businesses, especially those invested in improving their sustainable business practices, and Island Seafoods is the perfect example of this!”
Commenting, Michael O’Donnell, Business Development and Marketing Manager at Island Seafoods said: “We are thrilled to further our growing relationship with Aldi. Support from partners like Aldi has allowed us to commit to sustainable operations and playing our part in the transition to a carbon neutral future, which will allow us to provide our customers with the delicious products they know and love for many years to come.”
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