‘Potatoes are our passion’
Since Angus Wilson started the business from the family farm in 1980s Wilson’s has grown from strength to strength. Now employing over 100 staff who work from a 6 acre site in County Armagh. The Company is one of the premier potato packers and processors in Ireland, holding key accounts with many of the leading food retailers in the country. Not only do they supply a branded Wilson’s Country range, they supply various own label ranges, exemplifying the trust placed in the company.
One of the keys to their development is the continual investment in the company. Investment in premises, staff and growers ensures that they offer a quality product and excellent service. They want to help retailers make the most out of their potato category so that consumers get what they want. Wilson’s are passionate about spuds and strive to make people inspired by potatoes, stating ‘the poor potato can get a bit of a bad press so that is why we are constantly innovating’. They challenge themselves by evolving their variety portfolio, packaging and production processes in order to make yours the best potato experience. They want you to realize how exciting potatoes actually are! By their nature, potatoes are seasonal, meaning Wilson’s can handle up to 30 different varieties of potatoes in one year. This equates to about 3.5 million individualpotatoes per week...now that's a lot of potatoes! ‘Dealing with such a vast number of spuds means we truly are passionate about potatoes’.
History In 1987 Angus Wilson commences packing potatoes from his family farm in County Armagh, delivering the Wilson’s Brand to many local shops. Also at this time, Angus comes up with the concept of ‘Garden Potatoes’- Garden potatoes are grown in harmony with the environment, just as they would be grown in your own garden! This product still proves popular to this day .
By 1993 Wilson’s Country begins supplying to Henderson's and Wellworths. In 1993 they were listed with Marks & Spencer, and the following Wilson’s Country moved from the farm to a dedicated packhouse at Mahon Road in Portadown. Wilson's Country was now employing 25 people with a turnover of £1.6m and selling 100 tonnes of potatoes per week.
Wilson’s growth again necessitated bigger premises in the Carn Industrial estate, Craigavon, County Armagh. Agriculture Minister Lord Roker officially opened the building in 2006.