Iverk Produce holds trade day for food service sector

Eamonn Lonergan, Fiona Howard, Knockanore Cheese, Killian Dignan, Irish Food Co-Op, Seamus Walsh, Waterford Castle, John O’ Shea, O’ Shea Farms and  Kathy Purcell, Kells Wholemeal.

Eamonn Lonergan, Fiona Howard, Knockanore Cheese, Killian Dignan, Irish Food Co-Op, Seamus Walsh, Waterford Castle, John O’ Shea, O’ Shea Farms and Kathy Purcell, Kells Wholemeal.

IVERK PRODUCE held its first ever trade day for the food service sector at its state of the art premises in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, last Wednesday, 11 March. Showcasing all it has to offer the food service sector from exotic fruit to a wide variety of vegetables, guests were given the opportunity to view the facility and to meet the staff as well as some local artisan producers and members of the Irish Food Co-op.

Commenting on the trade day, Paul Brophy, General Manager, Iverk Produce, said: “This first trade day was extremely successful for Iverk Produce, as it not only enabled us to explain to the food service sector exactly what we do, but also show the selection and quality of fresh produce we provide. Our ability to customise products and offer exceptional customer service is what makes us stand out. We consider ourselves a one-stop shop for the food service industry – supplying fresh produce across a number of categories, from avocados to zucchinis to the humble spud! With a wide selection of fruits, vegetables, herbs and salads, we can consistently deliver sustainable quality and traceable produce to the food sector, as acknowledged through our BRC Food Safety and Bord Bía accreditation.”

Coming from all corners of the south east, guests were invited to tour the facility at Iverk Produce. A vast array of fruit and vegetables were on display, whilst local and regional artisan producers including Killowen Farm, Knockanore Irish Farmhouse Cheese, O’Neill’s Dry Cure Bacon Company, Meadowfresh Foods, Gourmet Foods and many more presented their range of produce. To mark the occasion, Iverk Produce held a draw to win €1,000 worth of produce, which was won by La Rivista restaurant in Kilkenny. All those who attended the trade day were presented with an Iverk Produce fruit basket. Paul Brophy thanked everyone for coming to the event and paid tribute to the staff for making the day such a huge success.

Thos Farrell, Food Service Manager at Iverk Produce said: “The purpose of the event was primarily to highlight the food service side of the business to existing and potential customers within the south east. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the quality and freshness of our produce to the food service sector.”

He added: “From cafés to restaurants, professional chefs to caterers and hotel group, we understand that customers have different expectations and requirements when it comes to service, distribution, quantity, packaging and product specification. Given the very positive reaction we have had to the trade day, we hope to run another event again in the near future, with the intention of increasing our customer base significantly over the next 12 months.”

Michael Thomas, Executive Chef, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, who was at the Iverk Produce trade day, said: “It’s important for us to support local producers and farmers, as not only does the produce taste better, but it’s also better quality. The wonderful array of fruit and vegetables on display here today is testament to the fact that we have some wonderful producers and growers in the south east and can keep everything local as much as possible without having to travel too far a distance.”

Rena O’Dwyer, a chef in Glanbia, Kilkenny, who attended the Iverk Produce trade day, said she found the event very interesting and it was good to see quality and range of fresh produce on view.

“Iverk Produce always provides a very good service and we look forward to continuing that relationship into the future,” she said.

Martin Gannon from Marty’s Pantry in Carrick-on-Suir, who was at the Iverk Produce trade day, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for us to see the variety, quality and freshness of the produce supplied by Iverk Produce. As a long-standing customer of Iverk Produce, we use them because of the freshness, variety and quality of their fruit and veg, as well as their ability to supply both Irish and International produce at very competitive prices.”

Iverk Produce understands the importance of freshness and quality. The company’s commitment to fostering relations with over 50 Irish growing partners allows them to shorten the distance from ‘farm to fork’. This, combined with continuity of supply, taste and a vast array of produce is of the utmost significance to the food service sector.

Established in 1980 by O’Shea Farms, Iverk Produce is one of the largest fresh produce suppliers in Ireland serving the wholesale, food service and retail sectors and offering a comprehensive range of services from simple food service provision to complete category management.

Specialising in fresh fruit and vegetables and delivering on a daily basis to counties Kilkenny, Waterford, Tipperary & Carlow, Iverk Produce is exclusively devoted to the food service and retail sector.

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