Hughes Mush­rooms plans new pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity as part of on­go­ing multi-mil­lion pound ex­pan­sion

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A CO TY­RONE mush­room busi­ness is con­tin­u­ing its ex­pan­sion amid plans for a new pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity at its Dun­gan­non base.

As part of this multi-mil­lion in­vest­ment, Hughes Mush­rooms has also an­nounced the ex­pan­sion of its head of­fice pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Dun­gan­non.

“This in­vest­ment will fo­cus on a new stand-alone high care fa­cil­ity, which will sup­port the cur­rent pre­pared pro­duce fac­tory built in 2015,” it said.

It comes af­ter it was re­vealed the firm is build­ing a new £4m site in Eng­land as it con­tin­ues to grow. Hughes Mush­rooms is now tak­ing on an 11-acre site at Gar­rick Farm near How­den in East York­shire.

The company was orig­i­nally founded in 1964.

It cur­rently sup­plies the UK mar­ket with over 240 tonnes of mush­rooms each week.

The lat­est ex­pan­sion will cre­ate around 70 jobs, with a fur­ther 30 to come by the end of the year.

Em­met Hughes, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, said: “The world-class fa­cil­ity we’re cre­at­ing in east York­shire is unrivalled in Europe in terms of its ef­fi­ciency and en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly cre­den­tials.

“It has been de­vel­oped af­ter ex­ten­sive re­search with some of the world’s most suc­cess­ful pro­duc­ers to meet the de­mands and chal­lenges of the mod­ern in­dus­try”.

And Kieran Hughes, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “There is no doubt that peo­ple are eat­ing more fresh pro­duce in their di­ets and mush­rooms are a key part of this.

“Our in­vest­ment in this new fa­cil­ity at Dun­gan­non is a com­mit­ment to these trends and will put us at the fore­front of these ex­cit­ing new de­vel­op­ments in the mar­ket.

“By adding value to our core mush­room busi­ness, we will strengthen our re­la­tion­ship with key cus­tomers and get us closer to con­sumers.

“This will help pro­tect the jobs of our direct em­ploy­ees and our mush­room grow­ers who have been at the heart of our busi­ness over many years.”

Hughes Mush­rooms has seen its turnover double in the last few years, reach­ing around £30m in 2015.

The company works with a net­work of over 25 grow­ers across North­ern Ire­land.

It sup­plies a range of white and chest­nut mush­rooms.

Two years ago it an­nounced a new list­ing with Tesco for its stuffed range. And that same year, it also picked up an award in the Waitrose Way Awards 2015 at the House of Lords in London.

It was sin­gled out for its work to im­prove the sus­tain­abil­ity of the busi­ness.

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