Integration, Augmentation and Further Development (Integration, Augment..)
Integration, Augmentation and Further Development
Start date: Dec 31, 2003,
End date: Dec 30, 2008
The project provides for the augmentation of processing capacity at Errigal Fish. This will involve an increase in the scale and scope of activity into Secondary & tertiary Processing Capacity of Non Quota Shellfish Products. These products will be sourced from the existing strategic supply linkages in Irish, Northern Irish & UK fisheries.This project will further strengthen the strategic base of the organisation with the addition of complementary value added export oriented Seafood Products. It is also planned to optimise and commercialise the utilisation of shellfish bye-product estimated at 6,000 mt. per annum. This CAPEX application also encompasses environmental compliance requirements (wastewater treatment capacity based on projected hydraulic and organic loads arising. Achievements: Errigal Fish, a Donegal company, which produce pre-packed cooked chilled fish and shellfish products such as crab, welks and periwinkles for export, is successfully holding its own in the Korean market. Despite a ferociously competitive shellfish industry, which faces increasing uncertainty due to rocketing oil prices, the company is continuing to drive its Asian export business. Errigal benefited from European funding which was invested in research into product development including technology transfer from Canada and mechanisation of key production processes. As a result, the company remains competitive despite a difficult marketplace and is retaining a healthy share of the demanding Korean and Japanese shellfish market segments. Errigal Fish currently supply to the European, Korean and Japanese markets, where there is a huge demand for fish products from Ireland due to its unspoilt and natural image. The European Union INTERREG IIIA funding was invested in developing new portfolios in conjunction with other procurement and service companies cross-border to increase capacity to produce non-quota Shellfish Products for the future. Its an example of how the European Union is effectively investing in the sustainability of manufacturing in rural areas. Errigal formed a cross border alliance with a number of cross-border companies to broaden its product offering by the addition of complementary value-added oriented Seafood Products. These products are sourced from the existing strategic supply linkages in Irish, Northern Irish and UK fisheries. All of Errigals shellfish products derive from non-quota species, unrestricted by national or regional regulation and these are specifically targeted as the basis of the companys growth. The EU project contributed to safeguarding 169 (seasonal) jobs and nearly 40 more in spin-off industries. Ultimately it has meant that Errigal were ahead of the market and prepared for more volatile times. Mr. ODonnell acknowledges the well skilled, committed, work force at Errigal Fish in Carrick for the companys continued success, Our agility to adapt in more challenging times is because we invested early and because of our skilled, loyal staff. They know this business. Errigal has cultivated a number of major customers, some of whom have been with us for 25 years; they trust our product and they keep us in touch with indigenous markets. Since we are based in a remote, unspoilt part of Ireland, this adds to the integrity of our product and makes us stand out from other producers in Scotland and the Scandinavian countries.
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