Belfast Telegraph

Dungannon mushroom giant to grow business in England with £4m production facility

By John Mulgrew

A Co Tyrone mushroom business is building a new £4m site in England as it continues to grow.

Hughes Mushrooms is now taking on an 11-acre site at Garrick Farm near Howden in East Yorkshire.

The company, based in Dungannon, was originally founded in 1964.

It currently supplies the UK market with over 240 tonnes of mushrooms each week.

The latest expansion will create around 70 jobs, with a further 30 by the end of the year.

The new mushroom production site will be developed by construction firm Harris CM.

Emmet Hughes, Hughes Mushrooms' business development director, said: "We believe the scale and ambition of our investment is unprecedented in the UK mushroom industry, and this world-class facility will be unrivalled in Europe.

Mr Hughes said that the "efficient and environmentally friendly mushroom production operation has been designed to meet the demands and challenges of the modern industry, and we are confident in Harris CM's ability to deliver the project on time and within budget".

Harris CM has said it had secured a "£4m design and build contract to provide a new mushroom growing facility for Hughes Mushrooms at Garrick Farm, Howden Road, Holme upon Spalding Moor, in East Yorkshire".

"The project commenced on site in May 2017, and the works include the provision of new office facilities and a new board room."

Danny Mulqueen, managing director of Harris CM, said: "Our business has always been recognised for its ability to satisfy the requirements of a diverse range of clients throughout the UK.

"This contract award adds to our wide-ranging portfolio of projects for clients in the food and beverage processing market."

Hughes Mushrooms has seen its turnover double in the last few years, reaching around £30m in 2015.

The company works with a network of over 25 growers across Northern Ireland that enables it to supply a range of various specification white and chestnut mushrooms.

In 2015, the company picked up an award in the Waitrose Way Awards 2015 at the House of Lords in London.

It was singled out for its work to improve the sustainability of the business, and Waitrose as a whole.

It's been working with the high-end supermarket for almost a decade.

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