Country Crest and Tesco have delivered some good news for the agricultural community with the announcement of a two-year extension to their contract.

The contract is worth €62.5m and involves an annual delivery of 30,000t of potatoes to Tesco.

Country Crest is a north Dublin-based family business led by Gabriel and Michael Hoey that employs more than 120 people across its enterprise.

“This offers our business, our work colleagues and our network of professional growers some very welcome security into the future,” Country Crest director Gabriel Hoey said.

The contract includes:

  • Almost 30,000t of potatoes sourced on a yearly basis including Rooster, Maris Piper, Queens, organic, baby varieties and signature Tesco finest* roosters
  • Almost 5,000t of onions crossing eight varieties including brown, red and shallots
  • Over 1,000t of sweet potatoes concentrating on the Covington variety
  • Tesco commercial director Joe Manning said the company was delighted to continue supporting Irish producers, which would help to give confidence to potato growers in challenging times.