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Total Produce

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2021

Sector:

Horticulture

About the company

Irish at heart, Global by nature, Total Produce can trace its origins right back to 1850’s Ireland with the establishment of a modest fruit & vegetable wholesale business, “Charles McCann’s Fruit & Vegetable Market” in Dundalk. Serving the retail, wholesale and foodservice sectors, Total Produce is Ireland’s market leader in the provision of fresh fruits & vegetables, offering a range that extends from the more familiar to the truly exotic.

With depots in Dundalk, Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry, Sligo, Donegal, Derry and Belfast, Total Produce grows, sources, imports, packages, markets and distributes over 300 lines of fresh produce. The largest consolidator of locally grown Irish fresh produce, Total Produce’s Grá brand is applied to a broad range of Irish grown fruits, vegetables and herbs .

An Irish success story, Total Produce is today one of the world’s largest and most accomplished fresh produce providers. Operating out of 26 countries while serving many more, Total Produce‘s global infrastructure of over 140 facilities extends across Europe, India and North America.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Focused on Responsible Sourcing:

Total Produce sources 100% of its Irish produce from growers that participate in Bord Bia's Sustainable Horticulture Quality Assurance Scheme. Other produce is sourced from growers and companies that participate in other certified schemes such as Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) and BRC (British Retail Consortium).


Committed to Reducing their Environmental Impact:

Total Produce is committed to reducing emissions, focusing on reducing diesel consumption by 35% by 2021. In fact, they are the first company in Ireland to introduce a fleet run on LPG (liquid petroleum gas) and have targets in place to increase the number of LPG vehicles in their fleet over the next 3 years. They are also focused on energy reduction and have a target in place to switch to 100% LED lights in 3 of their largest depots in Ireland by 2021.


Supporting Local Communities:

Total Produce provides sponsorship for Dundalk FC, donates fruit to local communities and provides fresh produce to employees at all their pack house facilities. The company also offers an Employee Health & Lifestyle Screening Programme every three years to encourage a longer and healthier life.


Company Sites

Total Produce Cork

Lehenaghmore Industrial Estate

Togher Road

Cork

Total Produce Tralee

Clash Industrial Estate

Tralee

Kerry

Total Produce Dublin

1 Beresford St

Inns Quay

Dublin

Total Produce Swords

Swords Business Park

Greenfields

Dublin

Total Produce Dundalk

The Ramparts

Townparks

Louth

Total Produce Galway

Tuam Road

Galway

Total Produce Kilkenny

Piltown

Kilkenny

Total Produce Balbriggan

M1 Business Park

Balbriggan

Dublin

Exemplary Performance Target Areas

Minimum Origin Green Targets Required Annually = 7

Spotlight Target Area: Raw Material Sourcing

Total Produce aspires to lead their industry, not only commercially, but also in terms of responsible trading practices. Total Produce’s company values of Collaboration, Integrity, Consumer Empow-erment, Local at Heart and Growing Together are the platform for their sustainability agenda. The Total Produce ‘e-Plan’ is the sustainable group programme developed

to assure best economic, environmental and social practices are implemented across their operations. ‘e-Plan’ details the overall direction of group efforts to improve collective sustainability while localised technical plans, including their Origin Green Charter Plan, outline specific targets and timelines.

Supporting Responsible Suppliers

Under their Origin Green plan led by Maire McDonnell, Group Brand Manager, Total Produce had their Origin Green plan verified in 2017. The company set a target of sourcing 100% of its Irish produce from growers that participate in Bord Bia’s Sustainable Horticulture Quality Assurance Scheme and other produce sourced from growers and companies that participate in other certified schemes such as Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) and BRC (British Retail Consortium). In 2019 they achieved a 39% increase from 2018 in this target area.

Total Produce achieved an exemplary performance in this target area for 2019 for the way in which it works with its suppliers to encourage them to maintain and retain their responsible sourcing status. They were instrumental in encouraging and supporting their suppliers to transition to Bord Bia’s new Sustainable Horticulture Assurance Scheme. 

Inspired by consumers passion for sustainability and recognising customer commitment to meet that demand, in Total Produce we’re determined to lead the way in our sector; ensuring best practices across the supply chain, reducing ever further the impact of our own operations and establishing ourselves as the supplier of choice for sustainable fresh produce.

Des McCoy, CEO

 

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