Cold storage warehouses hit capacity and freeze production

Michael Ledwith of the Falkland Island Meats Company (FIMCO) revealed their cold storage facilities operated at 120% capacity several times throughout the season, resulting in days of production stand-still.

Speaking during the Rural Business Association’s Farmers’ Week, Mr. Ledwith named Brexit uncertainty as the cause. European buyers are hesitant to place orders ahead of Article 50’s October 31st deadline, as produce may be subject to tariffs of up to 42%. Similar fears have reduced UK sales, too, resulting in mass amounts of produce being placed into cold storage. With such an excess of stock and nowhere to store it, FIMCO has seen a 25% drop in prices compared to 2018.

In a statement to Penguin News, Mr Ledwith said that “it’s not at all easy to sell product at the moment.”

This phenomenon has been seen across the UK as well. Cormac Healy of Meat Industry Ireland (MII) told AgriLand that “cold storage availability both in Ireland and in the UK is critically short” according to its members. This is not limited to meat production, however, as he goes on to say, “storage space has been taken up with Brexit contingency stocks of products from right across the food sector.”

In conjunction with the UK’s warehouse crisis one thing becomes clear: the UK needs more storage. Rubb’s fabric structures provide the ideal environment for temperature controlled cold storage. With quick construction time, energy efficiency, and modular design they provide the perfect solution for the UK’s cold storage shortage.

Aerial shot of Rubb cold storage buildings surrounded by grass with a lake in the background.

Grøntvedt Pelagic—one of Norway’s leading producers of herring—chose Rubb as their supplier for their new warehouse at Ørland in Sør Trøndelag. Their first Rubb hall was built in 2017, expanded to accommodate a second one in 2018, and now the third and largest hall is set to be completed in 2019.

Alexander Grøntvedt, production manager of Grøntvedt Pelagic, commented that “The halls are excellent for our needs and are of a quality we know we will benefit from for a long time.” He went on to say, “They keep the required temperature consistently, even on hot summer days.”