Country Crest, the north Dublin based family owned agri-business, and Tesco Ireland have one of the longest relationships in the industry. Working together since Tesco entered the Irish market in 1997/98, Country Crest continues to grow and supply thousands of tonnes of potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes to Tesco stores twenty years later. On average, Country Crest supplies Tesco stores in Ireland with approximately 3,000 tonnes of Irish grown onions annually.
In November 2017, Tesco Ireland and Country Crest, launched their first product as part of a new ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ fruit and veg range. The range takes out-of-spec or misshapen fruit or vegetables and offer them to customers to help prevent food waste on farms and in production.
The first product to market was Irish onions which had grown beyond normal specification due to the overly wet weather experienced in early autumn. Despite a good year of growing conditions, the spell of wet weather led to a delayed harvest with crop growth above normal specification for Irish onions. Due to the quick thinking of Country Crest and Tesco technical teams, almost 300 tonnes of perfectly good quality Irish onions were saved from composting or waste.