Errigal Seafood has made its mark yet again and its latest success will open up key markets on national and international markets.
The Carrick based company has recently secured the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety.
Managing Director Aodh O’Donnell said this “attests to commitment and special food processing skills of all of the employees”.
Errigal Seafood has been a supplier of quality shellfish to leading Retail, Wholesale Foodservice and other businesses in
Europe, Asia and internationally, for almost five decades.
Renowned for its purity, the waters of the North Atlantic are ideal fishing grounds for its seafood and Donegal crab in particular, is lauded by seafood aficionados worldwide for its distinctive flavour and quality of meat. The company pride
themselves on exporting the best seafood in the world.
Major retail groups across the globe choose Errigal Seafood brands because of an extensive and attractive product range,
and its reputation as dependable suppliers, consistently delivering premium seafood when and where they want it,
all year round, at reasonable prices.
The business has grown significantly in the last three years with a specific focus on the pre packed chilled sector. Errigal
supplies premium seafood including delicious crab, velvet crab, whelks, lobster, winkles, scallops, queen scallops shrimp
and prawns which are available in an array of preparations, from chilled, fresh, pasteurised, cooked or frozen. There is
considerable choice also in the packing formats, weights and grades available for customers.
Errigal is a key ‘platform supplier’ to many of the ‘blue chip’ retailers in Europe and Scandinavia and has extensive
sales and customer care offices throughout Europe in France, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) recently assisted the company achieve the latest award. The BRC Standard for Food Safety
is the benchmark for best practice in the food industry. This well respected global standard will ensure that Errigal can
grow ìts business across key markets.
Developed and driven by retailers, BRC Global Standards is a market leading brand that helps build confidence in
the food safety industry. The standard is widely recognised throughout the world, with over 14,000 certificated suppliers in
over 100 countries through a network of over 90 Accredited and BRC recognised Certification Bodies. This and its use
outside the UK has seen it evolve into a Global Standard, used not just to assess retailer suppliers, but as a framework
upon which many companies have based their supplier assessment programmes and manufacture of branded products.
Many UK, European and North American retailers and brand owners will only consider business with suppliers who have gained certification to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety as it demonstrates that the company involved has reached the highest quality standards.
In order to achieve the BRC certificatio,n the Carrick company had to demonstrate that its facility met or exceeded the benchmark standards. The company worked closely with BIM to ensure its processing facility operations met and
were accepted by this internationally recognised, independently certified standard. An independent audit was conducted
to verify compliance.
Mr O’Donnell explained: “Achieving the BRC Standard is a major benchmark for the company and attests to commitment and special food processing skills of all of the employees who have made this possible. Reaching this target was a specific strategic initiative set by the board of the company and we have all worked very hard over the last year to achieve this outcome. As an element of this strategy, the company oversaw the implementation of a significant investment in the processing facility and ìn up-skilling the employees. As always, our greatest asset is the capacity and training of our workforce and the entire Team at Errigal Seafood look forward to celebrating our fiftieth anniversary in 2012”.
Errigal also acknowledges and appreciates the support of Sandra Hennessy and her team at BIM, he said.