A producer of Irish cucumbers has been named by Fingal County Council as the winner of its first-ever Sustainable Business Competition.

Welgro Produce, based in Rush in Co Dublin, won the accolade as part of an initiative aimed at encouraging businesses across Fingal to implement more sustainable approaches into their day to day operations.

The business has already shipped some 600 tonnes of cucumbers from their Rush base in 2021, which equates to a staggering 1.6 million individual cucumbers.

The company is expecting demand for all Irish grown produce to increase by about 25% in the coming year, mainly due to issues with international supply chains limiting the availability of imported produce.

Its customers include Dunnes Stores, Sam Dennigan and Keelings and the company is one of only a very few commercial producers of cucumbers in Ireland.

As part of the award, the business will receive a sustainability assessment and action plan from Balbriggan-based Patel Tonra Environmental Solutions, an experienced environmental consultant.

Sean Weldon, Director of Welgro Produce, said one of the reasons the company entered the competiton is because it believes it is vital that it plays its part in helping the current energy crisis.

"It is more relevant than ever to think ahead and help reduce the use of energy to limit the number of carbon emissions in the environment," he said.

"Having the insights and guidance of a sustainability expert coming in to look at how we can operate better will be a massive help," he added.