In the rich and agricultural Kiltale, County Meath

Our story starts over 40 years ago and has kept growing ever since.

In 1966 Edward McCormack began work at Warrenstown Horticultural College, Drumree, County Meath. It is here that his love of the land took seed and began to grow. He worked in growing, the nursery and growing in glasshouses.

Edward then stayed on at Warrenstown throughout the 1970s, working mostly as a salesman for the college. In 1984 he finally decided to strike out and begin his own farming business, growing various vegetables including; broccoli and lettuce and selling them directly to the Smithfield Market in Dublin. During this time, Edward’s young son Stephen also started helping his father on the farm.

From 1984 to 1998 the main focus of the McCormack business was the growing and selling of vegetables to the Smithfield Market with some Food Service customers outside the market also. During this same period, Stephen graduated from Warrenstown Horticultural College and began working full time on the farm.

In 1998 Edward and Stephen decided to start growing herbs alongside their vegetables and this move proved to be most encouraging for the duo. In 2000 they decided to drop vegetable growing altogether and focus their efforts on herbs and baby leaf production. Their decision came from the fact that these products were being imported from the continent and they felt an Irish company could produce them just as well! Also at this time Ireland was experiencing a food culture revival and chefs were looking for new culinary lines to add to their menu; Stephen and Eddie identified baby leaf and herbs as an area that would grow due to their popularity internationally.

Finally in 2007, having spent the best part of 20 years selling directly to business, the company earned its first retail account by selling its herbs and baby leaf to Superquinn. Since then McCormack’s has gone from strength to strength and today is a supplier to all of the top retailers in Ireland including; Lidl, Tesco and Dunnes Stores. We also supply all fresh cut and potted herbs for the SuperValu
private label.

We are so proud of our growth in so many ways. We continue to grow superb quality Irish produce and have grown local employment in the area at the same time. From 6 staff, we now employ 83 staff. The community is so important to us and we’re very proud to be located in the fertile lands of County Meath near the Hill of Tara, Trim town and Castle and Killeen Castle. We’re also proud sponsors of the local Kiltale hurling and camogie clubs.

Having started their business together all those years ago both Eddie and Laura are now very proud to watch their children pick up the mantle. Today their son Stephen runs the family business with the support of his own wife Catriona and their three beautiful children, Charlie, Jake and Abbi. They too hope that one day their children will be involved in this great business.