International distribution and logistics specialist Castlecool has officially launched the second phase of its 62 acre Food Park in Lough Egish, Co. Monaghan with a visit from Ireland East MEP, Mairead McGuinness.
Ideally located in the northeast of the country to service the needs of the island’s food and beverage industries, Castlecool’s 62 acre Food Park is playing a critical role in the supply chain industry and supporting the food industry at home and abroad.
“An efficient food supply chain needs an effective and flexible distribution and logistics network,” said Mairead McGuiness, Ireland East MEP. “The Castlecool operation is an excellent example of a business providing important links in the chain in terms of the supply of raw materials and the distribution network.
The Irish food industry needs these systems to co-ordinate inputs and outputs in a cost effective, safe and efficient way to meet demand at home and on the export markets. For consumers, much of the work carried out by Castlecool is invisible. We see the results in terms of final products in supermarkets, shops and in restaurants but we know very little of the complex operations around the supply chain.”
Castlecool’s Food Park is home to a variety of national and international brands including Swift Fine Foods, Malone Meats, Olhausen Meats, Cassidys, ES Forklifts, Platinum Tanks, Kozy Shack and McGees Foods. It has been designed with the specific needs of the island of Ireland’s food industry in mind and boasts a 2 million gallon per day potable water supply, its own on-site electricity supply substation, piped natural gas and an effluent treatment system more than capable of handling all the needs of occupants.
With these services already in place, firms can make saving of up to 30% on capital costs by locating in the park. The units range in size from 7,000 square foot to 20,000 square foot and sites are also available for new builds and developments.
In addition, Castlecool’s own Lough Egish 180,000 square foot (16,800 sq metre) facility offers eight segregated stores which range in temperature from ambient, chill, deep chill and frozen. The 11 dock levellers and indoor tautliner loading facility, making it an ideal location for cross docking; value added services such as blast freezing, order picking and food testing, and support services such as telesales, order management and other outsourcing business functions through Castlecool.
Companies located in the Food Park can also avail of the services provided by the Lough Egish facility which include national and international distribution capabilities, and groupage services to the UK and Europe.
“We are pleased with the growth in our business and the improvements in processes and technology that now makes us a critical link in the supply chain industry here in Ireland,” said Paul Shortt, managing director. “The second phase of our Food Park will see 32 remaining acres being made available to companies interested in locating their businesses with us and serving the island of Ireland and export markets.”
For companies focused on the all-island and international markets right now and in the medium to longterm, the Castlecool Food Park is ideally located as a processing, manufacturing and distribution hub providing direct and efficient access. Its strategic location facilitates a “one stock solution” for both North and South. For more information on Castlecool please visit www.castlecool.ie