Developments will also see further investment in digital and ecommerce operations.
Sixth-generation family-owned grass and forage seed specialist Germinal has announced a reorganisation of its Irish operations. This will see its existing production and distribution operations in Banbridge, Co Down, consolidated to its Co Tipperary site, whilst its head office functions will relocate from Banbridge to Belfast.
Germinal’s current head office and distribution base at Banbridge, Co Down, will continue to operate as a satellite site for around 12 months, after which it is likely to be closed.
Germinal Ireland evolves
Commenting on the announcement, William Gilbert, Managing Director, said: “Our heritage stretches back almost 200 years to our formation in Belfast in 1825 and is built on the strength of great people and knowledge. Following years of investment in our production and distribution facility in Co. Tipperary, which has historically only served our customers in ROI, we feel the time is right to utilise this state-of-the-art site to serve our customers across Northern Ireland as well.
"This will help us drive our sustainability agenda, removing unnecessary duplication and further improving our customer service and product quality, ensuring we can build on the high standards expected of the Germinal brand by our customers and partners.
“We are also accelerating our investment in digital and ecommerce technologies, a major growth opportunity for the business. To facilitate this we will be relocating our head office functions into Belfast.
"Overall, we believe that these developments will ensure we are well placed to move forward, as we look to drive our innovation and research knowledge to continue to help farmers and amenity customers meet the changing demands of their markets profitably and sustainably.”