Monaghan Mushrooms received the Sustainability, Project Impact Award for successfully demonstrating that their company is at the technical and environmental forefront of the mushroom business.The results of their sustainability efforts have led them to develop a vitamin D enriched mushroom which benefits both the customer and environment simultaneously. Monaghan Mushrooms is one of the world’s largest fresh mushroom companies, supplying a full range of top quality fresh mushrooms to leading national and international retailers. The Monaghan Mushrooms group currently employs almost 3,500 people across its facilities in Ireland, the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Canada. Since becoming a verified Origin Green member, Monaghan Mushrooms has achieved a 12.5% reduction in the volume of plastic used in a typical mushroom punnet, and is working with customers to introduce fully recyclable paper punnets as a packaging material. The company has also:
- conducted feasibility research and trials to recycle used peat in the growing process in a bid to reduce the demand for new peat;
- achieved between 33-55% reduction in the volume of waste sent to landfill across all Irish sites;
- conducted biodiversity surveys and developed biodiversity action plans;
- invested in 6 new energy efficient lorries
Judges’ Comments – Sustainability, Project Impact
Monaghan Mushrooms successfully showcased that they’re clearly intent on staying at the technical and environmental forefront of the mushroom business. The results of their sustainability efforts have led them to develop a vitamin D enriched mushroom and add another health angle to their business – benefiting the customer and environment simultaneously.