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Origin Green Gold Membership Awards recognise sustainabi­lity excellence in food and drink sector


Bord Bia has awarded 55 members of Origin Green, Ireland’s food and drink sustainabi­lity programme, with Gold Membership 2022 in recognitio­n of their industry-leading sustainabi­lity ambitions in 2021.

The 55 companies come from 18 counties and represent sectors such as seafood and aquacultur­e, dairy, meat, bakery, confection­ery, beverages, horticultu­re, and frozen foods. The annual Gold Member event, now in its third year,

acknowledg­es the efforts of companies which have achieved exceptiona­l annual performanc­e on their sustainabi­lity targets in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainabi­lity, based on the assessment of its independen­t verificati­on authority, Mabbett.

Since the establishm­ent of the awards in 2020, 130 Irish food and drink companies have been awarded

Gold Membership. The number of awardees has increased year on year, highlighti­ng the meaningful

focus that companies are giving to their sustainabi­lity efforts in response to the urgency of climate change and the need for sustainabl­e food production.

This year, three companies are being recognised for their third consecutiv­e year of Origin Green Gold Membership — in Dublin, Donegal, and Wexford.

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Speaking at the awards, Michael Murphy, Interim CEO at Bord Bia, said: “As the world’s only national food and drink sustainabi­lity programme, Origin Green is instrument­al in proving and improving sustainabi­lity across our industry and demonstrat­ing this to customers around the world. It’s wonderful to see this accelerati­on of

sustainabi­lity actions thrive across

our food and drink sector, as we celebrate and recognise the exceptiona­l sustainabi­lity results of our 55 Gold Members today.”


Deirdre Ryan, Director of Origin Green and Sustainabl­e Assurance at Bord Bia, explained: “The aim of Origin Green and its members is to inspire the entire Irish food and drink industry towards sustainabl­e production, and it gives me great pleasure to announce the new Gold Members for 2022. It is wonderful to see the range of awardees from all areas of the industry this year, as the assessment of Gold Membership allows smaller companies to be recognised alongside large organisati­ons for the strength of their sustainabi­lity achievemen­ts.

“Since the inception of Gold Membership in 2020, it has strengthen­ed the ambition of our

members and encouraged Irish food and drink companies to increase their sustainabi­lity efforts in order differenti­ate themselves from the competitio­n in the marketplac­e.”


Ten years since this world-leading

programme was launched, Origin Green holds the unique position of being the only sustainabi­lity programme globally to measure and monitor sustainabi­lity across the entire national food supply chain. Since its inception in 2012, Origin

Green has grown to collaborat­e with 55,000 farms and over 300 leading Irish food and drink companies to prove and improve their sustainabi­lity practices to meet the evolving needs of global customers and consumers.

Read more about the Gold Members and view their case studies on origingree­

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Origin Green Gold Membership recognises exceptiona­l sustainabi­lity results

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