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Frylite to create 25 jobs with new £2m Lisburn depot


Eamon McCay, managing director, Frylite.

Eamon McCay, managing director, Frylite.

Eamon McCay, managing director, Frylite.

Strabane-based food oil supplier Frylite has invested £2m in a new Lisburn depot to meet increased demand for its products in the area.

The new Lisburn depot, which is set to create 25 new jobs including a depot manager role, is Frylite’s sixth site with its other bases located in Coleraine, Cork, Dublin, Galway and the Strabane headquarters.

Frylite, which was ranked number 37 by turnover in Ulster Grocer’s Top 75 NI Food & Drink Companies published in its Summer 2021 edition, currently employs 230 staff across the original five sites.

“We are delighted to be able to make our mark on yet another part of the province in terms of growing our business but also contributing to the local economy through the creation of new roles,” said Martin Gormley, operations director.

"For decades, we have grown our client portfolio in and around the Belfast and Lisburn areas and those customers were serviced by our Strabane-based team. So, as our base grew, it made sense to open a new depot in that area.

“This not only allows us to be closer to our customers, but it allows us to meet their daily needs in a shorter time frame with less travelling involved and that in turn has a better impact on the environment and improves our customer service.

“It’s an efficient business model that offers more competitive pricing for our customers too and we are very optimistic about the growth this will bring to the business.”

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Frylite has also, meanwhile, announced plans to use its oil products to produce fuel via anaerobic digestion for powering its fleet of vehicles; one of many green initiatives aimed at making it a carbon neutral business by 2030.

Eamon McCay, managing director, said: “Initial plans for staffing at the depot involve the recruitment of 25 staff but there is capacity for up to 60 team members at the base with roles in delivery, warehousing, sales and more available.

“We also anticipate that the growth of our Food Waste Collection business and our oil and waste oils business will drive the need for a total of 60 new staff members who will work solely from the new base.

“It is great to be able to grow our business and that is testament to the quality product and service that we offer customers who have continued to support us and contribute to our growth.”

The Lisburn facility was designed by Manor Architects and built by Woodvale Construction in conjunction with Frylite.

It boasts sharp contemporary external cladding with composite Kingspan wall panel to create what is a modern industrial facility consisting of offices, a canteen, a split warehouse for new oil storage and the repurposing of oil.

The company is currently seeking new HGV drivers as the haulage industry struggles with a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers in the UK out of a pre-pandemic total of around 600,000 according to the Road Haulage Association.