Errigal Bay brings quality shellfish to a global audience
Errigal Bay’s love- story with the sea started over 50 years ago.
The latest chapters see Errigal Bay as Ireland’s largest processor of wild Atlantic Shellfish.
Its state- of- the- art processing facilities in Ireland’s North West and South East enables Errigal Bay export premium quality seafood products — including crab, scallop, whelk, prawns, langoustine and lobster from the purest of Atlantic waters to a global market of leading retailers, wholesalers and food service customers.
Back in 1962, Father James McDwyer had a great vision and Errigal Bay is today a living tribute to his forward-thinking.
Fr McDwyer was the bay’s local champion with the foresight to launch a Food Processing Co- Operative in order to create local employment, stave off emigration and help protect the future of an area of unique heritage within the Donegal Gaeltacht – our native Irishspeaking community.
“Few events have sent such a thrill of hope through our local community as the successful commencement of a food processing factory in our midst,” said Fr James at the time.
His dream became reality in December 1962 when the ‘ Errigal Food Processing Plant’ was officially opened by Sean Lemass, Ireland’s Taoiseach — himself a man with a great vision for a contemporary dynamic Irish society based on education and innovation. Initially, the company processed vegetables grown by the local community. But it soon looked to the sea right on its doorstep.
Errigal Bay quickly progressed to processing premium quality seafood sourced nearby from the fresh waters of the wild At- lantic. Starting out with just 16 full- time staff in 1962, today Errigal Bay employs over 200 staff and exports its products worldwide. The original dream is a true entrepreneurial reality.
The company changed ownership several times over its long history. Errigal Bay’s current owners have been on board since 2007.
As part of its program for expansion and development, the company acquired Kilmore Seafood Wexford in 2013, adding complementary products to its range. Since then, a significant investment programme has been implemented to modernise facilities and procedures and ensure the company meets the most stringent international standards, including BRC Global Standards Certification.
Photo: Brian Farrell