Country Crest, the fresh produce business based in North Co Dublin, saw operating profits increase a solid 13% for 2016, close to €1.2m. Profit margins in the business increased 20 basis points to a healthy 5.2%. Pre-tax profits in the business fell more than 20% to just over €808,000, which was due to an exceptional charge of €378,000.

Sales at Country Crest increased 10% to €22.8m, with the majority of this (97%) generated from potato and vegetable sales. The Country Crest farm shop located in Donabate generated sales of €575,000 last year.