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Ballymaloe Foods

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2022

Sector:

Grocery

About the company

Ballymaloe Foods is an Irish family-run company, owner by Yasmin Hyde, daughter of Myrtle and Ivan Allen of Ballymaloe House in Cork. The company produces a wide range of versatile relishes, salad dressings, pasta sauces and other condiments.

Ballymaloe Foods was established in 1990 with Ballymaloe Original Relish and has now grown to over 13 products in the range. They cook using traditional methods and all natural, high quality ingredients.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Committed to Reducing their Environmental Impact

Ballymaloe Foods are fiercely committed to reducing the level of unnecessary waste within the company. 80% of input packaging is recycled and 95% of output packaging is recyclable.

Within the last 5 years the company has contacted all of their suppliers to encourage them to reduce unnecessary packaging sent with raw materials.


Focus on Local Community

Ballymaloe Foods support multiple charitable and community causes every year. They have partnered with the Marie Keating Foundation, Bernardos and the RNLI in charity projects over the past few years.

They regularly donate product to Food Cloud and Penny Dinners and frequently provide hampers and products to local and national fundraising initiatives. They sponsor the annual Good Living Day at Ballymaloe House which promotes health and wellness.

They also supported the transformation project of Ballycotton Lighthouse to become a tourist attraction, bringing employment to the fishing village and drawing tourists to the area.


Committed to Responsible and Local Sourcing

The company contracted local farmer, Joe Hartnett to grow beetroot on his farm to use in the production of their Ballymaloe Irish Beetroot. All their product labels are from Irish suppliers. Where possible, they purchase ingredients in bulk in order to reduce packaging and minimise their carbon footprint – they purchase extra warehouse space to facilitate this.


Focus on Animal Welfare

Ballymaloe Foods are determined to use only free range Irish meat. When faced with the difficulty of sourcing free range Irish bacon for their Smoked Bacon Pasta Sauce, they collaborated with their extended family to rear pigs on the Ballymaloe Farm to feed in to the supply chain.


Spotlight Target Area: Community Engagement
Sustainability has been a core value of Ballymaloe Foods, and Origin Green
membership has benefitted the company by allowing attention to focus on making
further improvements to the production process and equally giving back to the
local community. Ballymaloe Foods feel it is vital to give back to those who support
the business through donations of hampers and monetary funding. This has been
a long-term aspect of the business, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this
proved challenging in 2020 as access to fundraising events and regular channels
was seriously curtailed. To compensate for this, the member donated approximately
105 cases of food products to local charities, showing resilience and commitment
by finding alternatives. Charitable donations continued in the form of sponsorships
throughout 2020, with the company exceeding its target to donate €5,750 by 186%
and exceeded its food donation target of 3,000kg, donating a total of 3,729kg to
FoodCloud.