Peeled & Chipped Production Investment
McCormack ‘Chips In’ New Investment To Cater For Growth
Family-run company McCormack Potato is celebrating a £100,000 investment in production facilities at its Moy premises to meet growing demand from the catering and foodservices industry for quality, fresh pre-prepared potatoes.
“We’ve seen signiἀcant growth in client demand for freshly peeled and pre-chipped potatoes right across the foodservices sector and have invested in equipment and infrastructure to meet client needs, providing an even better quality supplier service,” said Barry McCormack, sales director. “McCormack Potato enjoys an excellent reputation as the go-to specialist for premium quality chipping potatoes, particularly in the quick service restaurant and takeaway sectors. We are also proud supplier to NI’s Fish & Chip Shop of the Year 2016, The Dolphin Takeaway, Dungannon.
Time saving and convenience, as well as quality, are huge factors for many food service clients and we have adapted to meet those needs with our latest freshly peeled, pre-chipped and vacuum packed portfolio.” Aiden McCormack, director, said: “Our development team spent over a year researching and trialling new state-of-the art machinery which expertly washes, peels, chips and vacuum packs client orders to hold freshness for longer.
We are delighted with the response to this new service which offers the convenience of pre-prepared potatoes with longer shelf life and of course our trademark premium quality.” Northern Ireland, like the rest of the UK, is a nation of potato lovers with chips being eaten as part of an evening meal by 73% of adults. There were 1.67 billion potato servings out of home in the UK and chips continue to drive market growth, accounting for the majority of potato servings.
Brian McCormack, who started the family potato business in the 1970s, said: “We hand-select only the ἀnest grade, seasonal potato varieties for our new pre-prepared service and carry out stringent handling, eating-quality and Ḁavour assessments. Right now we advocate Markies for the ultimate quality chips, roasties and wedges and offer them in pre-peeled whole or chipped formats. Pre-peeled Maris Pipers are currently our top choice for perfect boiled and mashed potatoes. We’re delighted to offer a new pre-peeled and chipped service and it underlines our commitment to continual investment and improvement.