DLF Ireland has opened a new seed processing and distribution hub in Belview Port, Waterford, Ireland. DLF Ireland is a joint between cereal and forage seed wholesaler Seedtech and the Danish multinational forage crop specialist DLF. The company already operates a grass and forage crop variety testing station at Waterford.

The new facility is equipped to clean and process cereal and grass seed as well as grain crops for use by the food industry. It is fully operational for the 2017 harvest, and will serve both Seedtech and DLF customers from now on.     

The plant features state-of-the-art seed processing machinery. Its specification, serving the food and beverage sector as well as the agricultural market, means that Seedtech can provide its customers in the Irish market with seed whilst developing high-value food ingredient and crop export opportunities to an ISO certified standard. 

Speaking at the opening of the new facility, Paul Flanagan, general manager for DLF, commented: “We have made two large investments in recent times. The first being our grass forage breeding trials, which is the largest of its kind in Ireland. This will ensure we have the best grass seed portfolio in the coming years. The second is this, our new seed processing and distribution hub, which enables us to provide a top-class processing and logistical service to the market.”

 DLF general manager Paul Flanagan, Seedtech managing director Roy Power and Seedtech commercial manager Nigel Whyte 

DLF general manager Paul Flanagan, Seedtech managing director Roy Power and Seedtech commercial manager Nigel Whyte 

Nigel Whyte, commercial director at Seedtech, said: “Today’s opening of this new facility signifies our commitment to the seed sector in Ireland. Which, in addition to the work we already undertake in crop variety research and our unrivalled technical expertise, represents a significant investment into growing and processing seeds of the future.”