Leading Northern Irish potato packer Wilson’s Country, based at Craigavon in County Armagh, has installed new cooling technology on its production line as part of an investment programme to capitalise on new market opportunities in the Republic of Ireland.
The company says that it will invest £1.5 million to improve production for the catering sector throughout Ireland, a sector which now accounts for 40 per cent of its total business. Lewis Cunningham, managing director of Wilson’s Country, told reporters, “We have made this investment in cooling technology to give our customers in foodservice a peeled product with a good shelf-life that will cook very well.
“We’ve also automated our peeling process and camera sorting to increase efficiency and maintain downward pressure on costs. The investment is designed to increase our ability to compete for new business in foodservice in the Republic.”
The new cooling system, together with new washing equipment will result in a fresher product with more consistent quality says the company.