Donal McCarthy-CEO, Commercial Mushroom Producers Ltd

  • Donal has previously held senior roles in Dairygold Co-Op, Breeo Foods, Bulmers, Green Isle, Waterford Foods (now Glanbia).  Donal has worked in Ireland, UK, Holland and USA through the course of his career.  Since he joined CMP the company has set about restructuring/reorganising the mushroom business for the future and ensuring that all portions of the supply chain are lean and nimble whist at the same time pursuing a strategy of differentiation.

    In Commercial Mushroom Producers the focus is on product and market development in conjunction with the other industry stakeholders.  Commercial Mushroom Producers is 90% dependent on the UK market and has had to deal with the challenges of Brexit and adverse Sterling/Euro exchange rates for the last year and a half.

    Donal is particularly complementary to our Department of Agriculture, Enterprise Ireland, BordBia and Teagasc for their help, guidance and support to all the industry stakeholders.


    Donal is optimistic that the mushroom industry and the wider horticulture industry will survive and thrive into the future.

    Presentation Title-  CMP Continuous Improvement Lean in the mushroom Industry


    Synopsis of Presentation

    How Commercial Mushroom Producers has used the Lean concept and methodologies to face the challenges the mushroom industry faced post the Brexit Referendum in 2016.  This approach formed the basis of a significant and ongoing change programme to restore much needed margin and ensure the survival and sustainability of the industry.  The results to date have been brilliant.