Carton Brothers - an Irish Family Tradition since 1775
Carton Brothers is the name of the company that produce Manor Farm chicken. It is one of the oldest family companies in the country and dates back to 1775 when it was first born in the very heart of trading in the
Dublin Markets. Originally in those heady days over 200 years ago chickens would be brought from the farmyards all around the country to the Dublin Markets and Carton's would sell them on. In later years people would send their live chickens on the train marked for Carton's where they would then be sold and the money would be sent back to the Farmers by return (less a commission of course).
As the years passed Carton Brothers grew substantially as a company and were one of the largest traders in the country. The company diversified and were involved in the import, blending and selling of tea. Indeed Carton Brothers had their very own tea experts travelling the length and breadth of the country tasting tea which would vary considerably depending on the mineral content of the local water. They would then blend the best teas that would taste the best in each area. As well as tea the company sold may other commodities such as rabbit, spirits & eggs amongst other things.
In 1956 Carton Brothers introduced the chicken as we now know it today into Ireland. Chicken was now more accessible to more people and quickly became very popular. The original factory for the company was still in the heart of Dublin located in the Market area but moved in 1970 to a custom built factory in the heart of Cavan at a small village called Shercock on the shores of Lough Sillan.
Manor Farm is the chicken brand of Carton Brothers The company is now in the 8th generation of the Carton family with Vincent Carton currently Managing Director. Proud of its Irishness the company employs 650 people directly, contracts a further 150 farmers and gives indirect employment to many more throughout the 26 counties. Carton Brothers is also committed to the Love Irish Food campaign which will guarantee the consumer that Irish products are kept on the shelves and will keep jobs in Ireland.
During the 1950’s Carton Brothers were the first to bring the chicken as we know it today into Ireland and laid the foundations for the chicken industry that now exists. During that period most chickens were grown in the countryside, mainly in Co. Monaghan and transported to Dublin for slaughtering. Nowadays Carton Brothers – with its unique plant number IE 803 EC - has one of the most modern processing facilities in Europe producing up to 600,000 birds per week at its home in the heart of Co. Cavan. The company supplies its Irish customers from all the major supermarkets, your local stores and butchers as well as for sale abroad.
Carton Brothers retains total control over all stages of the chicken production process - all here in Ireland. We have our own feed mill producing dedicated poultry feed only, whilst the contracted hatchery is Irish Department of Agricultrue approved, ACP registered and adheres to all guidelines laid down by Carton Brothers. Our contracted farmers grow only for Carton Brothers and must comply with all the processes and guidelines that we have defined to grow the best chickens possible. Indeed our production plant at Shercock has recently completed a major €13m overhaul and is now one of the most modern and sophisticated in Europe.
Consistent within Carton Brothers at all times is dedication to Quality and the production of unique and very tasty chicken products from the best chicken that we ourselves produce.
Some Carton Brothers facts
- 1775 – the year that Carton Brothers was established.
- 650 – number of Carton Brothers employees.
- 150 contracted farmers.
- €168m company turnover - €137m of which is spent in the 26 counties.
- €20m – company wages & salaries.