Newgrange Gold was started in 2010 by John Rogers, Barrister and Farmer. John saw an opportunity in creating a brand that connected the rich and ancient soils of the Boyne valley and the high-quality food that is produced there. The business is run from the Rogers family Farm that looks over the Boyne river at Crewbawn. The site is at the ancient monuments of Knowth and Newgrange which are over 3000 years old and is right beside the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The birth of Newgrange Gold came from seeing oilseed Rape grown on the Rogers’ farm leaving in trailers to the local merchant. John wondered if there was any way to add value to the crops grown on the farm. In 2011, John purchased a small oilseed press and had a small pressing operation put into place. This was built by Ian Downey and Tommy Gorman over the winter of 2010 and 2011 and is run by these two daily. They are, in reality, the backbone of the operation here at Newgrange Gold. They take immense pride in their work and the quality oil they produce.
The first bottle of oil was produced in the Summer of 2011 and under the guidance of Bronagh Conlon, formally of the Real Irish food company, the business extended its range to infused oil and a unique oil called Camelina “Wild Flax” oil. Bronagh also helped devise a more supermarket friendly label scheme for our oils.
In 2012, Jack Rogers, John’s son, became involved in the business and took over running it. The business has expanded from having a modest staff of 2 to having 6 in 2017, and is still growing. He concentrates on retail and food service mainly and has taken on two members of staff to cover retail stores in Ireland.