Team Members

Meet Our Team

Barra Sweetnam - Managing Director

Mike O'Neill - Sales Manager Kerry

Eoin O'Neill - Operations Manager

John Fitzpatrick - Sales Manager West Cork & Kerry

Damian Mackowski - Sales Manager Cork

Noel Ryan - Sales Manager Cork

Barra Sweetnam

Why the fruit and veg industry?

My father was in the industry all his life, so I grew up surrounded by it. I first agreed to help my father and cover shifts for a few months in Limerick. I still have not been left go!

What do you believe to be your biggest achievement in this industry as the owner of Allfresh?

Surviving! Over the last 5 years we have grown enormously. For the first 10 years we were financially instable, and it was tricky for us as a company. Now we are the biggest wholesaler in Cork. We are a solid and strong company. Getting Fota Hotel as one of our orders was one of our biggest successes. We got them over the internationals! It helped Allfresh hugely as we went to new lengths to supply for them.

How did you find the challenges that faced Allfresh during Covid-19?

Psychologically and financially horrible to put it short! A very difficult time for us here at Allfresh. Especially the first lockdown as we did not know what was ahead. We donated a huge amount of our stock but still had loads left which unfortunately ended up in the dump. The second lockdown we were a bit more prepared for but the third was just another horrible hit as we gambled the dates wrong. We ended up losing a lot of stock and money for a second time. On a positive note, good things that came from it was the effort I saw my staff go to. For example, our new online ordering system and the extra charity work that we did. Overall, Covid-19 was like a black hole, but positives did emerge from it. Looking back, it was not as bad as we initially thought.

Do you consider Allfresh to be an environmentally sustainable business?

Not yet. We are working very hard to become more environmentally friendly. We need the help of our customers. Allfresh is going to work closely with its suppliers and customers over the next few years to help become more sustainable overall. We have a long way to go but the next few years are crucial. We plan to implement everything we can here at Allfresh.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Always work harder than everyone else. Hard work beats talent (and I definitely lack talent!)

Mike O'Neill

What gave you the interest to begin working in the fruit and veg industry?        

I have grown up in the fruit and veg industry. It was only natural that I would end up staying
in it!

Explain your role here at Allfresh?

I am the Sales Manager for Allfresh in Kerry. My main role is to make Allfresh the major
player in the fruit and veg wholesale industry in Kerry.

What has been your proudest moment/achievement throughout your career?

My proudest moment must be when my customers are satisfied with my service. It is a
priority for me and when the results are positive, I am always extremely happy.

How do you feel about joining the Allfresh team?

I am very excited to be joining the Allfresh team. It is the start of a new chapter for me.

Eoin O'Neill

What is your role here at Allfresh?

I am the Operations Manager here at Allfresh. I oversee the daily running of the company. I start my day at 1am by supervising the drivers, ensuring the drivers leave on time and after the drivers leave, I ensure that all the orders are on the way to every customer. I also look at purchases and sales here at Allfresh. I look at what we currently have in stock and what we will need for customers in the future. I must get to know customers’ orders very well and forecast what I think they could order.

How long have you worked for Allfresh?

I have worked for Allfresh for over 20 years now.

What is your favourite aspect about working for Allfresh?

The staff- over the years we have created a very good team. People I can rely on, and I know work to the best of their ability. Everyone here wants the best for Allfresh. 

John Fitzpatrick

How long have you worked for Allfresh?

I have been working with the Allfresh team for 3 years now.

Explain your role here at Allfresh?

I am the Sales Representative for West Cork and Kerry. It involves taking care of all our customers in these areas. From prices to quality, I ensure each customer is satisfied with the entire service.

What gave you the interest to work in the Fruit & Veg industry?

My family had a fruit and vegetable shop in Clonakilty for 10 years. This is what gave me the passion for the fruit and veg industry.

What is your favourite aspect about working for Allfresh?

I appreciate how I get to travel West Cork and Kerry every day. I also enjoy meeting different people every day. Every day is unique for me here at Allfresh.

Damian

How long have you worked for Allfresh?

I have been working with Allfresh for 8 years now.

Explain your role here at Allfresh?

I am a Sales Representative for East and North Cork and I also share the city with Noel. As a Sales Rep, I look after our customers. Some of my responsibilities include making sure customers get the correct order and that the products they receive are of the best possible quality.

What is your favourite aspect about working for Allfresh?

I love working alongside amazing people. I get to meet new people every day, which helps me grow my knowledge of the fruit and veg industry and it also improves my confidence as a Sales Rep. I also enjoy how much freedom I have in my role. I am lucky enough to be allowed to plan my days the way that suits me best. Some days I can be in the office and others I can be driving all-around Cork calling into customers.

Noel Ryan

How long have you worked for Allfresh?

I have been working with Allfresh for 6 years now.

Explain your role here at Allfresh?

I am a Sales Representative here at Allfresh. I cover the city, Kinsale, Glanmire, Fermoy, Carrigaline, and all areas in-between. I look after our customers and make sure each one is happy with our service, our prices, and our quality.

What gave you the interest to work in the Fruit & Veg industry?

My father was in the fruit and veg industry and from a very young age I worked with him every Saturday, during the summer holidays, and Christmas. I learned all my knowledge about the fruit and veg industry from my father.

What is your favourite aspect about working for Allfresh?

The freedom and support I receive from Allfresh. I also enjoy meeting new customers everyday day. It is an extremely sociable job.