Food and temperature controlled logistics has been a growing sector in Ireland and the Dublin area. Dublin continues to attract many investments, due to growing import/export traffic, the Dublin Ports Company announced plans for a second strategic development project last year. The project is part of their ‘Masterplan 2040’, which will see the port reach much higher capacity by 2040.
Brexit has also been a contributing factor in Dublin’s increasing popularity as a logistics hub. Manufacturers continue to rethink their production and distribution processes, many of them looking for additional warehousing space in Ireland. There has been a substantial rise in demand for storage space in Ireland due to Brexit uncertainties and this has led to many warehouses running at full capacity. Before Brexit, the UK was one of the preferred locations for distribution centres.
Last year AGRO Merchants purchased a newly built cold store in Dublin Food Central and is currently expanding the site which is due for completion in Q4 2020. Additionally the company has acquired 14 acres of land in the same area and is building a new cold storage facility. The new facility will include 20,000 frozen and chilled pallet spaces, refrigerated dock space and blast freezing capacity to handle around 1,000 tons per week.
The Dublin Food Central is a dedicated 280-acre food park located beside the Airport, close to Dublin Port and with excellent M1, M2 and M50 motorway access. Thanks to its prime location, Dublin Food Central is a strategic gateway for domestic and export food markets for Irish and overseas companies.
The UK & Ireland temperature controlled logistics market is still fragmented, AGRO Merchants however continue to build an unmatched network of facilities around the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and England. AGRO is now the largest cold storage operator on the island of Ireland. Thanks to this, the company can accommodate the changing demands of the market and support customers with their growth strategies.