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Codd Mushrooms

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2022

Sector:

Horticulture

About the company

The Codd Family have been growing the finest quality mushrooms from their farm located in Tullow, Co. Carlow since 1989. Starting from a small growing shed, we now have progressed to a modern, purpose built mushroom production and packing facility.


We are the largest supplier of mushrooms into the Irish Market supplying the major retailers and food service sector. We strive to be one of the most innovative and environmentally friendly mushroom production facilities in Europe.


Back in 1989 we started with just 2 staff, a small growing shed and loads of enthusiasm, now we are a family of 250 staff and still growing.


Key Sustainability Commitments

Codd Mushrooms key sustainability commitments include reduction of energy, waste and water.


We are also involved in a number of local community initiatives – the company paid for flood lights to be installed in the local rugby club along with sponsoring many more local clubs, organisations and events.


English classes have also been offered to their staff who are mainly Eastern European.


Spotlight Target Area: Waste
Codd Mushrooms recognises sustainability as a key component of business
performance and is committed to minimising its impact on the environment. A key
area which it has focused upon in its current sustainability plan (2018-2022) is the
reduction of waste. To reduce the level of general waste sent to landfill, the company
implemented initiatives to reduce unnecessary packaging generated from its label
suppliers, invested in the research and sourcing of compostable film and punnets, and
introduced a product line in cardboard punnets. As of 2020, the company achieved
a 10.6% decrease in general waste sent to landfill. Due to strong initial success, Codd
Mushrooms readjusted its target for wastage reduction of rejected mushrooms from
22% to 51% by 2022. In 2020, 80% ahead of its current target, recorded a decrease
of 83.6% kg/kg from baseline per unit of output. This points to an extremely strong
performance, particularly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which created an influx in
demand from retailers, who require product prepacks, and a decrease in demand from
food service, who receive produce in bulk.

Case Study 2021