New multi-million pound mushroom production facility to create 100 jobs

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Aug 2017

A new multi-million mushroom growing and packing facility will open in East Yorkshire next month, creating 100 jobs by the end of the year.

Hughes, a Northern Ireland based firm, has invested to build the multi-million pound production facility on the outskirts of Holme on Spalding Moor near Howden.

The family-run firm with more than 50 years’ experience supplying the UK mushroom market hope the first mushrooms from the site will be available to consumers from mid-September.

The first phase of the facility is due to be operational in early September and will initially create 70 jobs in the area. This is planned to increase to 100 full-time roles by the end of 2017.

The company say the environmentally friendly facility was built on the 11 acre site near Howden due to the proximity to motorway networks and the area’s agricultural heritage.

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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.

“We searched all over the UK and the site at Holme on Spalding Moor was ideal because of its existing agricultural heritage and strong transport links.

The Hughes family

“The plant is completely temperature controlled and chemical-free, and we have introduced unique harvesting methods to create a great growing and working environment.”

Hughes say the site is designed to be among the most energy-efficient mushroom production facilities in the UK.

New technology used at the site means the plant requires significantly less land than traditional facilities, which use poly-tunnels.

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The company also aim to help local farmers, as residual compost from the mushroom farming can be used and added to their soil.

Emmet Hughes added: “We believe the scale and ambition of our investment in our East Yorkshire site is unprecedented in the UK mushroom industry.

“Producing mushrooms for the British market is something we’ve been focusing on for many years, but this investment is particularly timely as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

“People within the food industry have been saying for some time that the volume of British produce needs to be increased and many current and potential customers are already prioritising suppliers who are UK-based.”

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