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Collaborating with Suppliers to Drive Sustainability on Farm

Established over three decades ago, the Foyle Food Group has a long-standing history of supplying quality beef to leading retailers, manufacturers, foodservice providers, and butchers in Europe and around the world.

The Foyle Food Group has a ‘ground up’ approach to sustainable procurement, partnering closely with its supplier base. Within the Republic of Ireland, Foyle sources over 98% of its beef from producers certified under the Bord Bia Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS).

driving sustainable beef farming practices

Driving sustainable beef farming practices

In order to assist its supplier base to drive sustainable beef farming practices, Foyle has established a beef improvement programme, which comprises of approximately 20% of its suppliers who provide 80% of beef processed.

Group meetings are held every 8 weeks to discuss how to adopt more sustainable farming practices and drive improvement.

topics of dicussion

To date, topics covered within these discussion groups have included:

  • Grassland Management
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Health
  • Soil Management
  • Benchmarking

After each meeting, best practice guides are produced by Foyle and made available for its entire supply base on the company’s dedicated producers website. By providing farmers with expert knowledge on key farm management practices, Foyle not only aims to improve the long term sustainability of its supply base, but also drive farm profitability.

By providing farmers with expert knowledge on key farm management practices, Foyle not only aims to improve the long term sustainability of its supply base, but also drive farm profitability.

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