Ireland: Killbush Nurseries in Rush feeling the squeeze as cost of doing business continues to soar

Operating since 1936 in Rush, Kilbush Nurseries, run by brothers Matt and John Foley, is one of the county’s producers of quality tomatoes. Matt Foley senior was just sixteen years of age when he bought his first glasshouse in Rush, seeing the potential it offered.

The development has continued unabated ever since. The original two acres have been replaced and currently 2.5 hectares stand on the site, producing some of the finest tomatoes in Ireland. However, like many other nurseries in the North County, Kilbush Nurseries has fallen on difficult times, not least due to the war in Ukraine.

Matt junior tells of some of the struggles the successful business is now facing: “What I’d say is the cost of the inputs are continuing to escalate, is the word I’d use rather than “rise”. If you look at the main ones like energy, where a lot of them would use natural gas for heating, that’s gone up probably four or five times what it was last year.

“Electricity is rising as well, not as fast but it will eventually catch up, because it has to. Fertilisers, generally speaking, most of them have doubled, and some of them have gone up more than that. Labour is up about 10%. We got notice that our packaging has gone up 14% there recently, and we got notice this week that our cardboard boxes are gone up 14%.

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