Dugannon based Hughes Mushrooms plans new production facility amid expansion
A Co Tyrone mushroom business is continuing its expansion amid plans for a new production facility at its Dungannon base.
As part of this multi-million investment, Hughes Mushrooms has also announced the expansion of its head office production facility in Dungannon.
"This investment will focus on a new stand-alone high care facility, which will support the current prepared produce factory built in 2015," it said.
It comes after it was revealed the firm 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 to come by the end of the year.
Emmet Hughes, business development director, said: "The world-class facility we're creating in East Yorkshire is unrivalled in Europe in terms of its efficiency and environmentally-friendly credentials.
"It has been developed after extensive research with some of the world's most successful producers to meet the demands and challenges of the modern industry".
And Kieran Hughes, managing director, said: "There is no doubt that people are eating more fresh produce in their diets and mushrooms are a key part of this.
"Our investment in this new facility at Dungannon is a commitment to these trends and will put us at the forefront of these exciting new developments in the market.
"By adding value to our core mushroom business, we will strengthen our relationship with key customers and get us closer to consumers.
"This will help protect the jobs of our direct employees and our mushroom growers who have been at the heart of our business over many years."
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 also Waitrose as a whole.