• 1910

    A farming heritage is founded in North County
 Dublin by the Hoey family. 100 years later and we still produce the freshest produce on the family farm.

  • 1910-1993

    From the original roots of this family business, the underlying promise and passion to respect and protect the power and purity of the land is borne.

  • 1993

    The fourth generation of the Hoey family, brothers Michael and Gabriel, establishes Country Crest. Set up to grow and pre-pack fresh potatoes for the retail sector, Country Crest builds strong relationships with the best Irish growers and national retailers who appreciate our passion for authenticity, innovation and the best possible produce.

  • 1999

    Minister Noel Davern officially opens a new facility for washing, grading and packing potatoes at Country Crest. This €3.8 million investment represents a state-of-the art development for Country Crest and results in a doubling of staff.

  • 2005

    Reviving an almost obsolete industry, Country Crest make a €4 million investment in a state-of-the-art onion grading, packaging and primary storage facility. This state-of-the-art 3,000 tonne storage and drying facility harvests our Irish onion crop. Country Crest remains as Ireland’s only commercial grower and packer of onions

  • 2008

    Country Crest recognises the opportunity to add to their existing produce business by establishing a prepared foods divisions, focusing on quality vegetable accompaniments… which leads to the creation of Ballymaguire Foods

  • 2007

    Country Crest’s first step on the international CSR ladder follows the 2007/2008 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year scheme, when Michael Hoey is a finalist. As a result, Country Crest engaged with Soul of Haiti foundation and have ever since been involved in both farming and educational projects on the ground in Haiti.

  • 2009

    The focus on sustainability is further enhanced with the introduction of an 80 metre on-site wind turbine which supplies over 60% of Country Crest’s energy needs. Minimum power production of 1.8 million kWh p.a. is equivalent to the needs of approx. 500 Irish households.

  • 2011

    The integration of sustainability with our business philosophy, coupled with the implementation of a variety of innovative sustainability initiatives, results in Country Crest winning the 2011 Bord Bia Food & Drink Industry Sustainability Award. We are then invited to become a pilot company for Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability Development Programme.

  • 2014

    Country Crest invests in its own cattle feeding unit on site. This allows the company to complete and assured traceability of quality beef. Traceability is an integral part of Country Crest’s ethos across all divisions.

  • 2015

    The Country Crest Farm Shop opens at Jones Garden Centre selling Bord Bia assured beef from our farm, craft meats, locally grown fresh vegetables, prepared meals and Irish artisan foods.

  • 2016

    Country Crest adds sweet potatoes to its catalogue of products. Importing directly from its growing partner in North Carolina, it now grades and packs them in Lusk for the retail and prepared foods sector.

  • 2017

    Country Crest completes its five year Origin Green sustainability charter, and is the first to launch a second five year plan, focussing on waste management, energy management, biodiversity and CSR.

  • 2018

    Country Crest celebrated 25 years in business, with over 350 employees now working across all divisions. The company looks forward to continued growth through farming, producing and distributing fresh, great tasting food in the years to come.

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