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THE team at Na­ture’s Best are this week cel­e­brat­ing ma­jor suc­cess in the re­cent Ir­ish Qual­ity Food awards.

A lo­cal fam­ily run com­pany, Na­ture’s Best scooped 4 top awards for their fresh salad prod­ucts in the Fresh Pro­duce and the Good Choice cat­e­gories.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Rory Cal­laghan said “We are thrilled with this win. The fresh food sec­tor in Ire­land is a re­ally com­pet­i­tive mar­ket and we have worked hard to be lead­ers in this in­dus­try. Win­ning th­ese awards is a huge credit to our team who work so hard to de­velop, pro­duce and de­liver su­perb prod­ucts to our cus­tomers right across the coun­try.”

Started over 30 years ago, Na­ture’s Best now has over 300 staff mak­ing it one of the largest em­ploy­ers in Drogheda.

“Many peo­ple know our com­pany name but don’t re­ally know what we do. We pro­duce over 750,000 fresh salad prod­ucts ev­ery week in our HQ here in Drogheda. We pro­duce top qual­ity own brand prod­ucts for all of Ire­land’s lead­ing re­tail­ers and you’ll find th­ese de­li­cious healthy con­ve­nience foods on su­per­mar­ket shelves in ev­ery town and vil­lage across the coun­try.”

But the team at Na­ture’s Best are not rest­ing on their lau­rels.

“Our New Prod­uct Devel­op­ment team are su­perb. They con­stantly de­velop new ideas for us and our clients. We’ve a num­ber of new prod­ucts com­ing to mar­ket in­clud­ing No Mayo sal­ads, It’s A Date En­ergy snacks and a de­li­cious range of Healthy Hori­zons flavoured hu­mous and soups”

Rory con­tin­ued “The New Prod­uct Devel­op­ment team have also de­signed a range of longer-life prod­ucts suit­able for the ex­port mar­ket. We’re now ex­port­ing to the Mid­dle East inc. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain and we’re in ne­go­ti­a­tions for a ma­jor deal into Hong Kong.”

Not con­tent with scoop­ing 4 ma­jor awards and bring­ing great new prod­ucts to mar­ket, Rory and his team need to grow their fa­cil­ity to cope with the ris­ing de­mand.

“Sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion, our plan is to ex­pand our fa­cil­ity by another 35,000sq. ft. in 2018. Ex­pan­sion also means the cre­ation of 75 more jobs for Drogheda and the north-east bring­ing our work­force to nearly 400.”

Na­ture’s Best are proud sup­port­ers of many Drogheda com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing the Boyne 10K, Drogheda FC, Drogheda Soup Kitchen, Drogheda Home­less Aid and lo­cal schools.

In­deed, Na­ture’s Best founder Paddy Cal­laghan is con­tin­u­ing his ser­vice of the com­mu­nity in his role as Pres­i­dent of Drogheda and Dis­trict Cham­ber this year. “Be­ing part of the fab­ric of Drogheda’s com­mu­nity mat­ters to us in Na­ture’s Best. It’s where we and our team live and work and we’re proud to be a driv­ing force here in our home town.”

The 300 plus staff at Na­ture’s Best cel­e­brate win­ning 4 top awards at the Ir­ish Food Qual­ity Awards. This fam­ily run busi­ness pro­vides 750,000 fresh salad prod­ucts to ev­ery town and vil­lage around Ire­land ev­ery week.

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