Barenbrug UK has celebrated its commitment to a local presence in Scotland with the official opening of its sales and production complex in Falkirk. Royal Barenbrug Group CEO Kees Bleeker was on hand to mark the occasion and told the audience of customers, advisors and suppliers how Barenbrug was dedicated to growing its Scottish business.
He said, “Barenbrug has made this investment to ensure that it is well placed to meet its aim of being the undisputed No 1 in the UK grass seed industry. We are looking for substantial growth over the next three years and Scotland will be pivotal to this.”
The facility, which is the most advanced blending and bagging plant in Scotland, includes a 12,000 sq ft warehouse that can hold 520 tonnes of grass seed and a three-tonne capacity blender, capable of processing six bags of grass seed a minute.
Guests from throughout Scotland had the chance to see the facilities first hand and hear from guest speakers Allan Patterson of St Andrews Links Trust and David Johnston, plant breeder at the Agri Food Biosciences Institute (AFBI).
Allan Patterson is the head greenkeeper for the new course ‘No.7’ at St Andrews. He provided the audience with a fascinating insight into the work involved in building the new 18-hole course and why he had chosen Barenbrug varieties and mixtures for this challenging task.
Allan Ferguson, Barenbrug distributor from Agrisource, Ayrshire, congratulated the company on its investment in Scotland. He said, “It is reassuring to see a large company investing in Scotland and not just operating as a call centre from the south. Thank you for your commitment and I’m sure we will all benefit from this move.”
Barenbrug UK Ltd Falkirk facility is located at Units 5-7 Abbots Road, Bankside Industrial Estate, Falkirk FK2 7XP Telephone: 01324 633188 Fax: 01324 633164.
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