UK: Armagh-based refrigeration company, Cross Refrigeration, has secured a contract worth over £7m for fruit ripening rooms in Australia.
The contract, with the Australian supermarket chain, Coles, and the construction firm Qanstruct Pty, is for the design, manufacture, and installation of 60 banana and avocado ripening rooms.
The order has been achieved after a number of years of support and guidance, and over £200,000 of R&D support, from Invest Northern Ireland, the region’s economic development agency.
“Whilst Australia is a distant market, it is one which offers major opportunities for our business. Over the last six years, Invest NI’s support and expert advice helped us to develop our ripening facility, bring it to market and secure this deal with Coles Supermarkets,” said Cross Refrigeration MD Andrew Nesbitt.
“We have visited the market multiple times to build a relationship with numerous contacts and with Invest NI support have hired two staff to oversee the management of our exports in the market. Looking ahead, we now have an established footprint in the Australian market and we are optimistic we will see further growth,” he added.