Opening of New State of Art Seed Processing and Distribution Hub Represents Significant Investment into the Future of the Irish Agricultural Industry
Cereal and forage seed companies Seedtech and DLF, have today opened a new seed processing and distribution hub in Belview Port, Waterford. This new state of the art 52,000 ft² facility is unique in Ireland and has the ability to process high quality cereal and grass seed, along with premium grains for the food industry. Servicing both Seedtech and their sister company DLF, this new plant reinforces both companies processing and distribution systems to ensure they remain at the forefront of their respective sectors; showcasing their commitment to enabling a more progressive and sustainable Irish agri-sector.
Speaking at the opening, which was attended by a large number of individuals from across the agri sector, Nigel Whyte, Seedtech Commercial Director stated; “Today’s opening of this new facility signifies our commitment to the seed sector in Ireland. Which, in addition to the work we already undertake in crop variety research and our unrivalled technical expertise, represents a significant investment into growing and processing seeds of the future.”
This new facility will ensure that Seedtech can continue to provide quality seed to customers in the Irish market and develop higher value export opportunities, to an ISO certified standard.
General Manager for DLF, Paul Flanagan, also spoke at the event, saying that the opening of this new facility is a significant enhancement to what is already a sizable operation for DLF in Ireland. “We have made two large investments in recent times. The first being our grass forage breeding trials, which is the largest of its kind in Ireland; this will ensure we have the best grass seed portfolio in the coming years. The second is this, our new seed processing and distribution hub, which enables us to provide a top-class processing and logistical service to the market.”
Guest speaker, and respected agricultural industry figure Matt Dempsey, marked the occasion saying “In an increasingly competitive global landscape, our agricultural seed sector needs to differentiate by producing niche crops to exacting standards. I am delighted to be here today to recognise the significant investment that has been made by both Seedtech and DLF, to ensure that these standards are met with precision. Their impressive facilities in grass and arable seed research, along with this new best in class seed processing hub, plays a vital role in ensuring we continue to move forward in this critical area for Irish agriculture.”
This new plant features the most sophisticated, technically advanced machinery available for seed processing. Its specification has been engineered to also allow Seedtech to process high value grains for the expanding food and beverage industry; enabling further diversification within the seed sector. The facility is now fully operational for the 2017 harvesting period and will service both Seedtech and DLF customers immediately.