Multi temperature supply chain and logistics specialist Oakland International will move its Irish operation into a new purpose-built hub in Dublin, due for completion by the end of January 2018.
Opening their first Irish hub in Ashbourne, Co. Meath in 2009, a joint venture with Mark Caffrey of Caffrey International, Oakland offered Irish and European food producers a cost effective, efficient and environmentally friendly route to market. Eight years on Oakland is a key supply chain and logistics partner supporting indigenous Irish food producers, UK and continental food suppliers accessing Ireland, the UK and European retail markets.
Oakland International Director, Richard Hill commented: “Dublin’s multi temperature capabilities gives us the scope to develop and expand, to encompass more services and signifies a clear vote of confidence in our business and in our people.”
Located at Food Central, St. Margaret’s Co. Dublin, the hub will provide opportunities for further growth, expansion and extended supplier support, with Ireland more closely replicating its UK counterpart, launching supplemental value-added services such as food tempering and product rework, with the plan to increase its Ireland workforce to a team of one-hundred over the next three years.
He added: “The opening of Dublin is a key point in Oakland’s growth in Ireland and positive testament to our desire to continue to invest in Ireland in the years ahead.
“My sincere thanks and gratitude to our customers, our retail contacts and to our staff, who have enabled and supported us and without whom we couldn’t have grown to the business we are today.”
A multi award winner, BRC accredited (for storage and distribution), Oakland International provides contract packing, storage, picking, food distribution and brand development support for food producers delivering to retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets.