Northern Irelands central coldstore

24 November 2016

In addition to its storage facilities, Ardboe Coldstore runs a modern fleet of  trucks and refrigerated trailers which are GPS tracked and temperature monitored.

In addition to its storage facilities, Ardboe Coldstore runs a modern fleet of trucks and refrigerated trailers which are GPS tracked and temperature monitored.

Trading since 1994, Ardboe Coldstore Ltd is a leading temperature controlled warehousing and third party logistics company servicing the food industry in Northern Ireland and further afield. Managing director Eugene Carson explains ….

Operating from the Co. Tyrone village of Ardboe close to the western shore of Lough Neagh and in the heart of Ulster, Ardboe Coldstore Ltd was initially established by Eugene as a fully functional storage facility to suit market needs and demands at that time in Northern Ireland.

Eugene is a food technologist and has a BA Hons in Business Management and, in 2002, undertook a major expansion and improvement programme to meet existing customer and wider market demands. Becoming more technologically sophisticated, whilst complying with the strict and stringent parameters of the food sector in terms of hygiene, traceability, temperature control, legislation and policy requirements ensures that Ardboe Coldstore can now take its place among the top food storage, warehousing and distribution systems in Ireland, the UK and Europe”

The company, which has Eugene and his wife Fiona as its directors, is accredited by the BRC (British Retail Consortium) for all its warehousing and distribution activities, USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), FSDF (Food Store and Distribution Federation), HMRC bonded warehousing and RPA (Rural Payments Agency) among others. It is also a licensed packer and re-wrapping facility.

Ardboe Coldstore's services encompass product maturation, blast freezing, up-tempering, processing and packing within its extensive portfolio. Its client list comprises a number of blue chip manufacturing and processing companies within Ireland and UK in the dairy, meat, poultry and confectionery sectors 
Further development took place with two multi-million pound phased developments undertaken in 2007 and 2011 to further enhance the Ardboe site, thus enabling dramatically increased pallet holding capacity  , all served by a modern mobile racking system, affording instant pallet selection. 

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture Michelle O'Neill visited the revamped site in 2014 and was suitably impressed, saying: “The recent investment that Eugene has made to his business has had a very positive impact in terms of much-needed job creation in this rural area. Businesses such as this are at the logistical heart of our agri-food sector and the recent investment by Ardboe Coldstore demonstrates the confidence for growth that is currently in this sector.”

Eugene is delighted that his company, which has grown to employ in excess of 60 people, is able to offer its customers a total package and distribution solution in the heart of Northern Ireland.

“We provide a complete package in terms of customer despatch, logistics and warehousing,” he explains.

“Our multi-temperature storage facility is state-of-the-art. with multiple chambers which range from -20 degrees celsius to +8 degrees celsius. We cater for a broad range of food industry requirements across   all sectors. We also provide a fully integrated and cutting edge IT Warehouse Management System that enables stock visibility and total traceability to our clients.

“Our two biggest selling points, however, are a mid-Ulster location, which means we are within easy reach of all the main food manufacturers in Northern Ireland and the major ports, and this combined with the dedication and efficiency of our staff who have total focus on customer needs. We operate 24/7, 365 days a year to ensure that we meet customer expectations.

The family-run business continues to grow apace with the recent opening of a second ambient storage and temperature controlled facility in Campsie, Co. Derry.  He adds: “We will continue to modify and improve our operations and services as industry requires. Cold storage nowadays is completely different to what it was 20 years ago, it has become much more technically and commercially advanced.    We see ourselves as a service provider to the manufacturing market more than anything.”

Eugene expects his company to grow with the burgeoning agri-food sector.

“We're growing with our customers. The Irish agri-food sector enjoys a great reputation abroad and is expected to experience major growth in the coming years. As an essential and integral component of the food supply chain, our business is expected to grow accordingly.” 

In addition to its storage facilities, Ardboe Coldstore runs a modern fleet of  trucks and refrigerated trailers which are GPS tracked and temperature monitored. The trucks, with their distinctive white, blue and silver livery, are a mixture of Scania and Volvo supplied by Road Trucks of Larne and Dennison Volvo at Ballyclare.

From blast freezing and tempering facilities to warehousing and distribution services, Ardboe Coldstore is perfectly positioned to provide food sector clients of all sizes with a full range of logistical solutions.

Ardboe Coldstore Ltd
Kilmascally Road, Co. Tyrone, BT71 5BJ.
Phone: +44 (0)28 867 37721
Fax: +44 (0)28 867 36509 

Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 19 No 3, April 2016 

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