Lurgan-based Annaghmore Mushrooms has been awarded British Retail Consortium (BRC) accreditation, an internationally recognised industry standard, which will enable the company to export globally. The County Armagh facility, which was founded by mushroom grower Eamon Murray in 2006, markets and distributes top quality mushrooms throughout the UK and Ireland.
The mushroom crop range includes brown, button, closed cap, flat and Portobello varieties, grown by a team of specialised growers known collectively as Northway Mushrooms, which are proving popular with consumers who cannot get enough of what is now recognised as a ‘super-food’.
With an increased appetite for locally-produced mushrooms, the company recently announced an investment of £1m in a purpose-built factory creating 20 new jobs.
The recently awarded BRC accreditation will now provide export opportunities for Annaghmore Mushrooms to expand its supply to consumers in Europe and America as well as selling to multiples at home. The sought-after industry standard is recognised worldwide as the gold standard with its strict set of protocols on every aspect of food production from crop growing and hygiene to production, supply, staff training and management vision – every box must be ticked during the assessment to qualify for the quality mark.