On the eve of assuming office, incoming EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan visited Irish fresh produce multi-national, Total Produce. The tour began at Total Produce grower, Jim O’Rourke’s Glasshouses in Swords, Co. Dublin before moving on to the nearby Total Produce Central Distribution Centre in Swords. Accompanied by Total Produce Chief Executive, Rory Byrne, Mr. Hogan took the opportunity to discuss the wider European fresh produce industry, the broader economic and environmental factors currently driving the sector and the implications for stakeholders across the supply chain.
Commissioner-elect Hogan commented: “The impressive growth of Total Produce’s business illustrates the potential of our indigenous agri-food industry and the opportunities inherent across the broader European agricultural sector and the horticultural sector in particular”.
Total Produce Chief Executive, Rory Byrne said: “Mr. Hogan assumes his portfolio at a time of both opportunities and challenges across the European fresh produce sector. We wish him well in his role over the next five years”.
About Total Produce
Having started as a fruit and vegetable shop in Dundalk, Co. Louth, Total Produce today is one of the world’s largest and most accomplished fresh produce providers and Europe’s market leader. Operating out of 21 countries but serving many more, Total Produce’s global infrastructure of over 100 facilities stretches across Europe, India and North America. Distributing over 300 million cartons of fresh fruits and vegetables annually, Group turnover exceeds €3 billion per annum, positioning Total Produce at the forefront of the Irish agri-business sector.
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Source: Total Produce