Castlecool unveils second phase of plans of Food and Business Park

Lough Egish, Co Monaghan, Ireland: Castlecool has unveiled plans for the second phase of its Food and Business Park development at Lough Egish which will see another 13-hectares developed for national and international food and drinks logistics.

Rangeland Meats, Swift Fine Foods, Malone Meats, ASM Feeds, Olhausen Meats, Cassidys and Vion McGees Foods currently trade from the 25-hectare centre.

The park has operated since 2006, with 12-hectares developed to date. The second phase will see the remaining 13-hectares made available to companies serving Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland and export markets.

Paul Shortt, founder and managing director of Castlecool says: “The food and agricultural sector has been a cornerstone of the island of Ireland’s economy for many years.”

“Its importance will grow still further over the next few years with the ending of the EU milk quota regime and continued growth in world demand for quality food products.”

“In the Republic of Ireland alone the agri-food, fisheries and forestry industry employs more than 150,000 people and has an annual output of over €24bn, including a multi-billion export industry.”

It still represents Ireland’s largest indigenous industry and exports from the industry north and South are set to grow massively over the next decade, he says. citing a study by the National Institute for Transport and Logistics revealed that Monaghan is well positioned to service the island’s food industry.

“We are within 100km of both Dublin and Belfast, close to the M1 Dublin-Belfast Motorway and within easy reach of all major ports and airports,” he said.

“We are currently improving our facilities to cater to a wider range of companies in different industries such as the pharma and IT sectors. We already have companies such as ES Forklifts, Kozy Shack, and SFS Fixing Solutions on site and we look forward to welcoming many more firms from a variety of different sectors to the Business Park in the coming years,” Shortt says.