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Riverview Eggs go the Eggstra mile for Cork’s Penny Dinners


An egg today is better than a hen tomorrow. (Benjamin Franklin)

Penny Dinners pic1.jpgEggs were the ‘plat du jour’ at Cork Penny Dinners on Friday last (16th November 2012) where Cork-based family business Riverview Eggs put on a ‘Breggfast’ for all those in need at this very caring organisation in Cork City.

The day kicked off at 10am where Cork Penny Dinners was transformed into a hub of energy and enthusiasm as serving volunteers DJ and Richard Kelleher of Riverview Eggs and UCC RFC players (who are also sponsored by Riverview Eggs) Willie Ryan (Inniscarra), Peter McCabe (Kanturk) and Munster Rugby’s Darren Sweetnam (Bandon) began cracking, poaching, frying, whipping and cooking up a feast fit for a king. The cracking egg themed menu for the day included a variety of nutritious and delicious dishes such as an array of quiches and omelettes as well as sumptuous Chocolate Roulade for dessert, all prepared by Beth Haughton from one of Cork’s most prestigious restaurants The Club Brasserie.

Penny Dinners pic1.jpg Founded in the 1840s, Cork Penny Dinners is one of Cork’s oldest charities, offering a nourishing hot midday meal to all those in need, in exchange for a small coin. The charity cooks approximately 200 meals, seven days a week offering a warm, dry place to sit and eat, with a welcoming atmosphere where no questions are asked.

To coincide with the ‘Breggfast’, Riverview Eggs announced that they have decided to cover Cork Penny Dinners’ egg needs indefinitely with a fresh delivery every Friday to the Little Hanover Street Kitchen.

DJ Kelleher, Director of Riverview Eggs told volunteers on the day that “Riverview Eggs has seen the wonderful work Cork Penny Dinners does for those in need in Cork. Offering a hot midday meal to over 200 Cork people each and every day with limited resources is a trying task. We wanted to do our bit to help those in need and remind people that eggs are quite simply, one of Mother Nature’s most nutritious foods. Eggs are a great source of protein as well as essential nutrients that keep the body strong”.

Mr. Kelleher went onto say that “As a Cork family business, we know how important it is to look after the pennies and as eggs are also eggs-tremely good value for money and versatile, they are an eggs-cellent meal option for those with limited budgets!”

Commenting on the donation, Florence Harrison, Cork Penny Dinners said; “Cork Penny Dinners serves over 850 visitors each week and relies heavily on donations, contributions and sponsorship of this nature. We cannot thank Riverview Eggs enough for their kindness and generosity. The meals prepared today were truly delicious and it was great to see how versatile eggs can be.”

Richard Kelleher, farmer and producer at Riverview Eggs, and Manager of UCC RFC also came along to help on the day and mentioned that he and his players had an ‘eggs-ellent’ time helping those in need in Cork!

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Quirky Uses For Eggs From Riverview Eggs


Hair Therapy

No time to hit the hairdressers before your big event? Get your hair super shiny and conditioned with eggs! Take two beaten egg yolks and massage into hair. Start at the scalp and work in small sections. Then gather all of the hair in a shower cap, wrap in a warm towel and wait 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water and shampoo as usual.

Make a facial

For a pampering facial without the expense, head to the fridge and grab an egg.

  • For dry skin: separate the egg and beat the yolk.
  • For oily skin: just use the egg white, to which a bit of lemon or honey can be added.
  • For normal skin: use the entire egg.

Keep your hair back with a hairband or clip. Apply the beaten egg, relax and wait 30 minutes, then rinse.

Household Uses

Use as glue

Out of regular white glue? Egg whites can act as a glue substitute when gluing paper or light cardboard together. What a fun arts and crafts project to enjoy with children!

Add to compost

Eggshells are a great addition to your compost because they are rich in calcium which is a nutrient that helps plants. Crushing them before you put them in your compost heap will help them break down faster.

Water your plants

After boiling eggs, don’t pour the water down the drain. Instead, let it cool and then water house plants with the nutrient-filled water.

Start seeds

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Plant seeds in eggshells. Place the eggshell halves in the carton, fill each with soil, and press seeds inside. The seeds will draw extra nutrients from the eggshells. Once the seedlings are about 3 inches tall, they are ready to be transplanted into your garden. Remove them from the shell before you put them in the ground. Then crush the eggshells and put them in your compost or plant them in your garden.

Another way to protect specific plants such as hostas from slugs is to place crushed egg shell around the plant. This is a means of recycling, enriching the soil, and protecting plants such as hostas all at the same time. As well as being delicious to eat, clearly eggs have a lot of quirky and clever alternative uses.

As part of their celebrations of 45 years in business, Riverview Eggs are going that eggs-tra mile and are offering 21 lucky families the opportunity to ‘staycation’ at one of the ‘crackingly’ good Doyle Collection Hotels (www.doylecollection.com) with a Golden Egg Competition.

To enter simply purchase any ‘Golden Egg’ promotional 12-pack of Riverview Eggs and check reverse of label to see if you have won 1 of 21 family weekend breaks at The Doyle Collection Hotels which includes the four star River Lee Hotel in Cork, the four star Croke Park Hotel, Dublin and the five star Westbury Hotel also in Dublin (Grafton Street). If your Riverview Eggshave the ‘Golden Egg’ label call 021 4272200 to claim your prize, alternatively winners can email golden@rivervieweggs.ie.

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Alf Smiddy Newly Appointed Chairman of Riverview Eggs


Alf Smiddy, Chairman Riverview EggsAlf Smiddy newly appointed Chairman of Riverview Eggs Cork businessman and entrepreneur Alf Smiddy has recently been appointed as Chairman of The Kelleher family-owned Riverview Eggs. Riverview eggs first cracked into the industry in 1966. Starting off with 700 hens in a barn at the home farm in Whites Cross, on the outskirts of Cork city Riverview has steadily grown to meet demand and is now is the largest producer/packer in the Munster area, stocking stores almost nationwide. Riverview eggs now supplies some of the chief supermarket groups in Ireland including: SuperValu, Centra, Dunnes Stores, Tesco Ireland as well as Spar, Londis, MACE, and CostCutters.

Alf also holds positions on the boards of Kilkenny Group, Ed4Life, The Chris Mee Group (CMSE and Carbon Action), Quintas Group, Eolas International Research Ltd, Kedco Plc, Granite Consulting and The Moran & Bewleys Hotel Group amongst others and he is also Managing Director and Owner of Alf Smiddy & Company Ltd. Before this he was Chairman and Managing Director of Beamish & Crawford Plc for over 20 years, Director at Cork Chamber of Commerce and Non-Executive Director at Cork Airport Authority.

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Customer Focus


On January 1st 2012 the new EU welfare regulations came into force in the Republic of Ireland and across Europe. Riverview Eggs was fully compliant for this date. This was due to and investment of 6.4million euro in our production base over the past 2 years.

In 2012 Riverview Eggs is again investing in further training and up-skilling of our staff in Food Safety, Critical Control Points (HACCP) and auditing of Food Safety Systems.

We have just completed art work modifications to our packaging and these will be on shelf durin

g September 2012. We hope you like the subtle modernisation to our packaging.

In September 2011 Riverview Eggs was audited against the new Bord Bia Standard and passed with flying colours.

In October 2011, Riverview was again audited to the global food standard – BRC specification. Riverview has again been successful in maintaining our Grade A status with the BRC Global Food Standard Issue 5.

This year Riverview Eggs Ltd has again updated its food safety manual in accordance with the development of the BRC standard to Level 6. We will be audited to this new standard in October 2012.

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