On the eve of assuming office, incoming EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan visited Irish fresh produce multi-national, Total Produce. The tour began at Total Produce grower, Jim O’Rourke’s Glasshouses in Swords, Co. Dublin before moving on to the nearby Total Produce Central Distribution Centre in Swords. Accompanied by Total Produce Chief Executive, Rory Byrne, Mr. Hogan took the opportunity to discuss the wider European fresh produce industry, the broader economic and environmental factors currently driving the sector and the implications for stakeholders across the supply chain.

Phil Hogan, incoming EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and Rory Byrne, Chief Executive, Total Produce, inspect local Irish tomatoes on the vine at Total Produce’s Glasshouses in Swords, Co. Dublin.

Commissioner-elect Hogan commented: “The impressive growth of Total Produce’s business illustrates the potential of our indigenous agri-food industry and the opportunities inherent across the broader European agricultural sector and the horticultural sector in particular”.

Total Produce Chief Executive, Rory Byrne said: “Mr. Hogan assumes his portfolio at a time of both opportunities and challenges across the European fresh produce sector. We wish him well in his role over the next five years”.

For more information:
Vincent Dolan
Total Produce
Tel: +353 (0)42 93 88707