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Belview Egg Farm Ltd

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2022

Sector:

Eggs

About the company

Belview Egg Farm was established in 1978 by Dermot & Nicola Herlihy. The family run business has made radical changes since expanding into packing to become what is today, a modern well-equipped market driven company, employing 27 people.

Originally Dermot started the company with a mere 5,000 hens and a table top grader and now the company has expanded 9 times to deal with the increasing demand on sales and has heavily invested in top of the range equipment. The company now has 19 production houses, 11 in Louth and 10 in Monaghan, with a total of 288,000 hens.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Promoting Local Biodiversity:

Belview are building a plant & flower wall and are adding bee pollinators on their site by the end of 2018. The company has committed to promoting biodiversity by inviting local schools to visit. Belview will educate them on the importance of bees and how they can help them by setting up pollinators in their own gardens or at school.


Committed to Reducing their Environment Impact:

Targets in place to reduce energy by 5%, waste by 5% and water by 2% all per unit of production by 2021.


Focused on Reducing Packaging Waste:

Belview are committed to sourcing 80% of their raw materials (egg cartons) from suppliers with recognised sustainability certifications by 2021. They aim to use suppliers with sustainable packaging consisting exclusively of moulded fibre made from recyclable paper that is biodegradable and can be recycled again after use.


Spotlight Target Area: Waste
Belview Eggs has endeavoured to continue advancements made towards egg
collection, grading and the packaging of its products. The company no longer collect
eggs on pulp trays from its farmers but instead changed to a reusable plastic egg
cargo system. This system means Belview can collect more product in a single lift
from farms thus reducing food mileage, with a bonus that the eggs travel better in this
more secure system. It has also reduced waste in the packing centre as the trays are
washed after grading and returned to the farms completely clean, which also helps to
improve on-site biosecurity measures. In 2017, the company installed 400 solar panels
generating 25% of its annual electricity needs.
With the target area of waste, the company has reduced waste per unit of output by
over 21% since 2017. Belview Eggs also plans to continue this strong performance
having now committed to transitioning away from plastic cartons to pulp/cardboard
cartons, setting a target of 88% by the end of 2021 (from a baseline of 78% in 2020).

Case Study 2021