A farming heritage is founded in North County Dublin by the Hoey family. 100 years later and we still produce the freshest produce on the family farm.
From the original roots of this family business, the underlying promise and passion to respect and protect the power and purity of the land is borne.
The fourth generation of the Hoey family, brothers Michael and Gabriel, establishes Country Crest. Set up to grow and pre-pack fresh potatoes for the retail sector, Country Crest builds strong relationships with the best Irish growers and national retailers who appreciate our passion for authenticity, innovation and the best possible produce.
Minister Noel Davern officially opens a new facility for washing, grading and packing potatoes at Country Crest. This €3.8 million investment represents a state-of-the art development for Country Crest and results in a doubling of staff.
Reviving an almost obsolete industry, Country Crest make a €4 million investment in a state-of-the-art onion grading, packaging and primary storage facility. This state-of-the-art 3,000 tonne storage and drying facility harvests our Irish onion crop. Country Crest remains as Ireland’s only commercial grower and packer of onions
Country Crest recognises the opportunity to add to their existing produce business by establishing a prepared foods divisions, focusing on quality vegetable accompaniments… which leads to the creation of Ballymaguire Foods
Country Crest’s first step on the international CSR ladder follows the 2007/2008 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year scheme, when Michael Hoey is a finalist. As a result, Country Crest engaged with Soul of Haiti foundation and have ever since been involved in both farming and educational projects on the ground in Haiti.
The focus on sustainability is further enhanced with the introduction of an 80 metre on-site wind turbine which supplies over 60% of Country Crest’s energy needs. Minimum power production of 1.8 million kWh p.a. is equivalent to the needs of approx. 500 Irish households.
The integration of sustainability with our business philosophy, coupled with the implementation of a variety of innovative sustainability initiatives, results in Country Crest winning the 2011 Bord Bia Food & Drink Industry Sustainability Award. We are then invited to become a pilot company for Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability Development Programme.
2014: Celebrating 21 years...
Today the company has evolved into a progressive Agri-Food business, one that is recognised as one of the biggest suppliers and growers of quality potatoes and onions to Ireland’s key multiples.