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Firm turns up the heat on cold storage market

Ardboe Coldstore is investing £2.5m in additional cold storage and blast freezing capacity at its Tyrone facility.

The development project is already under way and, when completed at the end of July, should create at least 15 new jobs.

"The new facility will give us an additional five-and-a-half thousand tonnes of storage capacity," said Ardboe Coldstore managing director Eugene Carson.

"This will add to the twelve thousand tonnes' provision already on site. We can also provide up to five thousand tonnes of ambient storage capacity on our existing site.

"The current development programme also provides for a new and additional blast freezing system plus a state-of-the-art packing facility. Also included is an IT controlled traceability system. This investment, which is being funded entirely from our own resources, will allow us to increase the range of services on-offer to clients."

He said the development of the new cold store will create, at least, 15 new jobs, bringing the total number of people working at Ardboe to 45.

"We are at the very heart of the Irish food industry," Eugene further explained.

"There are a number of leading processing operations on our doorstep in the mid-Ulster area.

"The company provides a range of freezing, maturation, distribution and storage services to a large cross-section of Ireland's blue chip food manufacturing operations."

"These are exciting times for the local food industry. At Ardboe Coldstore we are investing in state of the art facilities which will allow customers not just to store product but also to add value in a meaningful way," Eugene said.

"We are fully accredited by the EU, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Rural Payments' Agency and, most crucially, the British Retail Consortium. Our sole aim is to provide the services our clients need to run their businesses in the most efficient way possible."