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E Flahavan & Sons Ltd

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2022



About the company

Flahavan's has been milling oats in Co. Waterford for over 200 years. As the oldest privately-owned family food company in Ireland, Flahavan's is synonymous with Irishness, tradition and authenticity. With a longstanding commitment to local sourcing, Flahavan's sources its conventional oats from a panel of registered growers based within a 60-mile radius of its Mill in Kilmacthomas, while its unique milling process, honed through generations, gives its products their distinctive texture and taste. Flahavan's has pioneered a dramatic change in the way consumers think about oat-based foods and their compelling health benefits. This is achieved by continually staying close to the consumer and identifying, understanding and responding to their emerging health and lifestyle needs, through new innovative products and formats.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Raw Material Sourcing

- Ensuring suppliers of all oats are environmentally compliant members of IGAS and maintaining compliance.

- Increasing the volume of organic oats growers in Ireland by 25%.

Manufacturing Process

- Reduce electricity purchases per tonne of product produced by 37%.

- Reduce emissions per tonne of product produced by 32%.

- Reduce overall level of waste produced by 22%.

- Reduce amount of waste going to landfill by 66%.

Spotlight Target Area: Community Engagement
Sustainability has always been a major part of the Flahavan’s story. Since the 1780s,
when the original waterwheel drove the mill, there has been a company-wide
commitment to working in harmony with nature and minimising the company’s
impact on its environment and community.
E Flahavan’s and Sons supports its local community whenever possible – the company
has been a main sponsor of the West Waterford Festival of Food for many years; it
regularly donates product to the Waterford Food Bank and other local charities; and
it’s held more than 15 events including online classes and brand partnerships. The
company provides product to support the Waterford Senior GAA teams, as well as the
Dublin City Marathon among other sporting events across the country.

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