Sustainability has been a cornerstone of the Molloy’s Bakery business model since the family first opened its doors to the public in 1922. Now, as Molloy’s celebrates 100 years and four generations of serving the Roscommon community, the business remains focussed on its efforts to be environmentally sustainable for future generations.
Molloy’s have endeavoured to lead the way when it comes to sustainability, from the fuel we use to the purchase of compostable and biodegradable packaging. As part of this commitment, Molloy’s became the first bakery in Ireland to adopt Ireland’s pioneering food and drink sustainability programme, Origin Green, in 2012.
The programme is the world’s only national food and drink sustainability programme, enabling the industry to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively.
Molloys made the switch to Calor BioLPG three years ago as part of our commitment to reducing greenhouse emissions while still producing quality products for our loyal customers to enjoy.
Molloy’s have reduced energy usage (electricity and gas) by 12% in the last six years alone. We also reduced our overall packaging usage in 2021 by 857 kgs.
Sustainability is an ongoing process involving continuous investment in energy efficient equipment including cake display cabinets, tipping mixers, freezers, LED lighting and a new hot water system which has led to a reduction in our water usage.
Sustainable food has become increasingly important also, and here at Molloy’s we have increased our purchase of ingredients from Irish businesses to over 52% of our total ingredients in the last six years.
We are continuously liaising with our suppliers to ensure that we are in partnership with businesses who use environmentally friendly processes. For example, our oil supplier collects up to two thirds of their supplied oil (which becomes waste) and recycles it into biodiesel.
The Molloy family also believes in the importance of being sustainable within the community. With that in mind, we actively support community activities and groups including Darkness Into Light, the Roscommon Easter Parade, Roscommon Christmas Lights, Chamber of Commerce, Meals on Wheels, local charities, sports clubs and more. We believe in giving back and continue to donate time and funds to these worthy local causes.
Sustainability is not just a buzz word here at Molloy’s Bakery. This year we are proud to be celebrating 100 years at the heart of the Roscommon community…and our family looks forward to serving yours for the next 100 too!