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Genovese – Our Sustainability Story

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We are a specialist gourmet company that produces award winning products from high quality ingredients without the use of any scary additives. Small batch production and minimal processing enhance the flavours and give you a longer shelf life, even when opened.

We produce fresh pestos and tapenades under two brands – Genovese, with its traditional Italian flavours and aesthetic; and Veggie Earth, our plant-based alternatives which have more zestful Mediterranean flavours and a modern aesthetic. Both brands are available in a selection of retailers throughout Ireland.

As well as clean label being at the core of our company, we constantly strive to improve our sustainability story.

Extra virgin olive oil is the primary ingredient used in most of our products which we now import directly from the farmer as a collaboration with a small exclusive family estate in Portugal, allowing us to use a truly gourmet oil of exceptional quality in our products while reducing the supply chain. This allows the farmer to achieve full price for his oil and gives us a superior oil, without the middleman making most of the profit.

This wonderful oil is fresh and fruity and was pivotal to us winning six awards in 2020 alone. This exclusive single farm, single variety, cold pressed gourmet extra virgin olive oil is now also available to buy under our Veggie Earth brand, but only from our website.

Basil is the primary herb used throughout our ranges, but basil is difficult to grow in Ireland hence most used in catering is imported and travels many thousands of miles before reaching our shores.

As part of our company’s ongoing sustainability improvements, we wanted an alternative to importing which we found in the form of hydroponic farming, a sustainable alternative to conventional agriculture which allows us buy home grown basil all year round. Our basil is cut and delivered from southern Ireland within 24 hours, giving us the freshest most aromatic basil available today.

Not only has this basil improved the flavour of our products, it more importantly brings us closer to the long term sustainable credentials we are committed to and which we constantly strive towards in our business practices.

Gill Toal, Managing Director of Genovese Foods, said: ”It’s been such a difficult 14 months for many, but we are proud to continue serving the hospitality sector in Ireland. Whether you are a hotel, restaurant or a local café, Genovese Foods can offer you a selection of award winning condiments to add that extra sparkle to your menu.”

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