Our Sustainability Commitment

At Barry John’s we are committed to a greener future for us all. Our commitment towards sustainability and following in an environmentally friendly manufacturing process is very important to us. We are delighted to be Bord Bia Origin Green Certified.


What this in turn means for you our valued customers and what is Origin Green?

Origin Green is Ireland’s pioneering food and drink sustainability programme, operating on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and the full supply chain from farmers to food producers and right through to the foodservice and retail sectors. The programme is the worlds’ only national food and drink sustainability programme, and enables the industry to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively.

The benefits of Origin Green are more environmentally aware farms, an important focus on community and more sustainable food and drink production which ultimately contribute to sustainable livelihoods. This is what makes Ireland’s food and drink produce the first choice globally; it is trusted as sustainably produced by people who care.

Origin Green Gold Member 2023


Key Sustainability Commitments
Spotlight Target Area: Packaging

Barry John Sausages has embarked on an ambitious mission to enhance its sustainability efforts by targeting the replacement of non-recyclable black PET tubs and black polystyrene trays with eco-friendly alternatives by the end of 2023. Recognising the environmental impact of their packaging choices, the company has taken significant steps towards achieving this sustainability goal.

In 2022, Barry John Sausages proactively engaged with their customers presenting their plan to switch to 100% recyclable clear trays and flow-wrap packaging . Encouragingly, all customers embraced this transition, demonstrating their commitment to sustainable practices. The company initiated the phasing out of polystyrene trays, replacing them with clear trays. Notably, the packaging for their jumbo flavoured sausages, a significant product in their portfolio, is now 100% recyclable, featuring clear trays, flow-wrap film, and outer cardboard sleeves.

Green & Sustainability Award 2023

We are delighted to have received the Cavan County Enterprise Green & Sustainability Award 2023 for our commitment to our sustainability within our manufacturing.

Our Commitments

  • Maintain 100% of Pork from PQAS certified suppliers.
  • Increase the percentage of our suppliers with sustainability certifications from 20% in 2020 to 70% by 2025.
  • Replacing all black non-recyclable PET tubs & black polystyrene trays with recyclable packaging by the end of 2023.
  • Donate staff time for community-based projects in our area.
  • Reducing our carbon emissions by using the delivery van efficiently.
  • To reduce electricity output by 20% by 2025, compared to 2020 baseline.
  • We have created a 10m² pollinator friendly garden at the factory. We joined the 2021-2025 All Ireland Pollinator Plan, we have created this garden so that pollinators will thrive here as without bees we will lose the colourful and distinct natural beauty of our landscape. 78% of our wild plants benefit from insect pollination. We want to do our bit to help.