ABOUT OLIVER CARTY
The first ham was removed from the stainless steel ham press with huge pomp and ceremony. The ham was then skinned, dipped in a traditional crumb dressing, weighed and wrapped in greaseproof paper and the very first label of a monk was placed on top, and that is how and where our story begins…
Today the business is owned and run by Oliver’s son Ted. It is Ted’s foresight, innovation and love of the business that has brought Oliver Carty to where it is today, one of Ireland largest pork and bacon producers.
Oliver Carty was established in the 1950s. In what would now be called a “cottage industry” Oliver Carty was started in a cooking facility at the back of the family home in Arcadia, Athlone. Every penny was borrowed to purchase a ham cooker which could cook 10 hams at a time.
" A sense of heritage and Irishness is the cornerstone of Oliver Carty’s existence. "
OLIVER CARTY TODAY
In 1970 a small unit was built by Oliver in Monksland. By the mid 1980’s the original plant was at capacity so we purchased a 1 acre site to develop a more suitable facility. As the business grew and after several extensions we found ourselves once again at full capacity. At this point the opportunity arose to purchase a 5 acre site beside our existing facility.
In 2003 we built a state of the art facility for boning, curing, smoking in the traditional way, and consumer pack jointing. In 2008 a further extension was added doubling our original floor space and bringing total capacity of Oliver Carty to 90,000 sq. ft.
Both of our plants are under the control of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, our plant number is IE 784 EC. Our plants are registered with and a member of the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme and we are an Origin Green member. We are accredited to the Global Standard for Food Safety (BRC) and we are a certified member of the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA).
Our journey to date has been encouraging - starting out on a small scale with a turnover in 1995 of €792,000 and 11 employees, this has grown to turnover today of €48 million and a workforce in peak season of 150 employees. We would attribute our success to the strong work ethic amongst our 150 dedicated staff and our desire to continuously improve on our core range of products. Our staff ranges from experts in the field of quality, finance, sales, new product development and human resources to our skilled production operatives. It is our combined efforts as a team that has enabled the business to grow and deliver on our strategic goal of championing innovation as the vehicle to meet and exceed consumer expectations.
Our product portfolio spans over 160 product lines and we take pride in the knowledge that over 25% of all pre-packed bacon and rashers sold in Ireland originates from our plants. Our product range is diverse and encompasses traditional cured products such as bacon joints and rashers, and speciality cures and bespoke cuts like our Great Taste ‘Best Irish Speciality’ award winning smoked rack of bacon.
A sense of heritage and Irishness is the cornerstone of Oliver Carty’s existence. Each and every week the equivalent of 4,000 Irish pigs are processed through our plants. Supporting Irish Farmers and Irish jobs in conjunction with our retail partners Musgrave’s, lies at the very core of Oliver Carty.
"Approved under the Bord Bia Meat Processor Quality Assurance Scheme. Licensed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Grade A Certified by the British and Retail Consortium (BRC). ISO 14001 Certified by the NSAI. Approved by the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA)."
Approved under the Bord Bia Meat Processor Quality Assurance Scheme.
For further information on Bord Bia please visit http://www.bordbia.ie/
The Bord Bia Pigmeat Quality Assurance Scheme is an integrated scheme involving the producer and the processing plant working in partnership to provide the customer with quality assured product.
The scheme describes the essential quality assurance requirements from primary production through factory processing to final dispatch which are necessary to meet customer requirements. In addition, the scheme lays down additional standards to be complied with at each step of the production chain. The scheme was accredited in 2006.
See Oliver Carty's Bord Bia Pigmeat Quality Assurance Scheme Certification .
What is Quality
At processor level, the scheme sets out a number of essential requirements covering both product and process. The are procedures covering hygiene, chilling, and product traceability along the production chain. Processors must develop a food safety management plan based on the principles of HACCP.
Processors are subject to independent audit during which their compliance with each of the scheme requirement will be assessed. When the processor is deemed to have complied with the requirement of the Standard, the processor will be considered for certification under the Scheme. When certified, the processor will be issued with a certificate for the scope of the process audited and will be listed on the Bord Bia database.
A Quality Assurance Scheme, for a food product, is a programme whereby food is produced to a set of standard (rules) and the producer/processor is inspected (audited) to ensure that production is in accordance with those standards. In the Board Bia Quality Assurance Schemes all steps in the food chain from production to final packaging for sale to the end user are Quality Assured; these include the farm or growing until, the meat factory or packing center and any secondary processing food factory (smoking, curing, cooking, etc).
The standards are the rules that members must comply with and these are drawn up by a panel of experts. These experts are selected from various parts of the industry / supply chain and include independent scientific and food safety expertise. This panel meets on a regular basis to update the standards in accordance with the changes in legislation and improvements in best practice. The main areas covered by the standards include traceability, animal welfare, care for the environment, safe use of medicines and chemicals at farm level; and animal welfare, food safety, hygiene and traceability at factory level.
The audit is the inspection of the farm or factory to ensure that the food is being produced in accordance with the standards. The audit is conducted by independent auditors and all members of the Quality Assurance Schemes receive inspections at regular intervals to ensure compliance. In addition random audits are also carried out where necessary. The auditor makes a recommendation as to whether the farm or factory is to be certified.
After the audit is completed, and provided that the farm or factory meets the requirements of the standard, the next step in the process is certification. An independent certification committee makes the decision to certify. Certification is official confirmation that the audit has been passed and the member is then eligible to apply to use the Bord Bia Q mark on product where appropriate.
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Licensed Plant Number IE 784 EC.
For further information on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine please visit http://www.agriculture.gov.ie
British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard For Food Safety
For further information on the BRC please visit www.brcglobalstandards.com
The British Retail Consortium is the lead trade association representing the whole range of retailers, from large multiples and department stores through to independents, selling a wide selection of products through center of town, out of town, rural and virtual stores. The BRC is the authoritative voice of retail, recognised for it's powerful campaigning and influence with government and as a provider of excellent retail information.
The BRC Global Standards are a leading global safety and quality certification programme, used throughout the world by over 17,000 certificated suppliers in 90 countries through a network of over 80 accredited and BRC recognised Certification Bodies. The BRC Global Standards are widely used by suppliers and global retailers. The facilitate standardisation of quality, safety, operational criteria and manufacturer's fulfillment of legal obligations. They also provide protection ot the consumer.
See Oliver Carty's BRC Certification of Compliance.
ISO 14001 Certified by the NSAI National Standards Authority of Ireland
Certificate of Registration of Environmental Management System to I.S. EN ISO 14001:2004.
For further information on ISO 14001 or the NSAI please visit http://www.nsai.ie/
ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an Environmental Management System (EMS). It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective EMS. It can be used by any organisation that wants to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste, and drive down costs. Using ISO 14001 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved. ISO 14001 can also be integrated with other management functions and assists companies in meeting their environmental and economic goals.
ISO 14001, as with other ISO 14000 standards, is voluntary (IISD 2010), with its main aim to assist companies in continually improving their environmental performance, while complying with any applicable legislation. Organisations are responsible for setting their own targets and performance measures, with the standard serving to assist them in meeting objectives and goals and in the subsequent monitoring and measurement of these (IISD 2010).
The standard can be applied to a variety of levels in the business, from organisational level, right down to the product and service level. Rather than focusing on exact measures and goals of environmental performance, the standard highlights what an organization needs to do to meet these goals (IISD 2010).
ISO 14001 is known as a generic management system standard, meaning that it is relevant to any organisation seeking to improve and manage resources more effectively. This includes:
• single-site to large multi-national companies
• high-risk companies to low-risk service organizations
• manufacturing, process, and the service industries, including local governments
• all industry sectors including public and private sectors
• original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers.
All standards are periodically reviewed by ISO to ensure they still meet market requirements. The current version ISO 14001:2004 was last reviewed in 2012. The ISO committee decided a revision was necessary. The new version is expected by the end of 2015. After the revision has been published, certified organizations get a three-year transition period to adapt their environmental management system to the new edition of the standard. The new version of ISO 14001 is going to focus on the improvement of environmental performance rather than to improve the management system itself.
Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA)
License number: 5541
For further information on IOFGA please visit http://www.iofga.org/
The Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association is Ireland’s leading organic certification body dedicated to certifying organic produce and products throughout Ireland.
IOFGA is approved by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine in the Republic of Ireland and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom to provide an inspection and certification scheme pursuant to EC Regulations.
Oliver Carty is an Origin Green Verified Member
This means Oliver Carty have made concrete and verifiable commitments in accordance with the Origin Green sustainability charter to become a more sustainable producer.
" Our philosophy is to form long standing relationships with customers that share common values and goals. "
Oliver Carty is built on the foundations of strong family values and fostering a business ethos based on honesty, trust and reputation. Our philosophy is to form long standing relationships with customers that share common values and goals; this approach has been paramount to our success to date in aligning with like-minded partners.
From small beginnings Oliver Carty has evolved into a large scale professional outfit, the success of which can be attributed to our long standing partnership with the Musgrave Group.
Since 1995 Oliver Carty has supplied Supervalu and Centra stores across the country. We are now category partners supplying all own label pork (butcher counter), bacon and rasher requirements across their stores in the Republic of Ireland.
Orangic and Free range Partners
Established in 1992 by a group of organic farmers, Friland, a subsidiary of the Danish Crown Group, is a specialist in the processing and handling of organic pigs.
Accountability, credibility and food safety are the core values of Friland. Oliver Carty is proud to work in a close partnership with Friland. Like Oliver Carty, Friland take a responsible approach to the environment, welfare of animals and farmers.
Value Added Specialist Partners
AVO from Osnabruck in Germany has been in existence for over 150 years. With more than 550 employees and numerous foreign representatives, AVO is one of the leading spice specialists in Germany and Europe. AVO have developed successful partnerships with large international retail chains and processors globally including Oliver Carty.
With a product range of more than 5,000 products, AVO offers a complete range of natural spice condiments, liquid spices and flavourings, marinades and dressings.
Like Oliver Carty great tasting, high quality products and a keen sense of consumer trends are the essential components of AVO's success.
Export Partners Pan Euro Foods
Pan Euro Foods was established in 2000. Since then they have grown to become one of Ireland’s largest importers and exporters of frozen, chilled and ambient foods. Similar to Oliver Carty Pan Euro strive to deliver premium quality products at competitive pricing to customers. Pan Euro Foods are looking after all exports for Oliver Carty to the Middle East most notably to Abela and Spinneys Supermarket Stores.
System Partners Simply Dynamics and Emydex
To view a video about our Friland partnership please click here
Oliver Carty is built on the foundations of strong family values and fostering a business ethos based on honesty, trust and reputation."
"The best men in all ages keep classic traditions alive"
"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.”
MESSAGE FROM TED
“At Oliver Carty we believe in excellence. Quality is at the centre of everything we do. Supplying quality pork and bacon products is a tradition for us – we’ve been doing it for over 50 years. A sense of “Irishness” is at the cornerstone of our business.
Every week the equivalent of 4,000 Irish pigs are processed through our plants. Supporting Irish farmers and Irish jobs in conjunction with our retail partners lies at the very core of our business.
We attribute our success to the strong work ethic amongst our dedicated staff and our desire to continuously improve on our core range of products. Our combined efforts as a team has enabled our business to grow and deliver on our strategic goal of championing innovation as the vehicle to meet and exceed consumer expectations.”
Managing Director at Oliver Carty