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One of Cork’s leading seafood producers and retailers is celebrating on the double this month. The Good Fish Company recently broke ground on its next-generation processing facility at Shanbally in Cork Harbour and has now been confirmed as a finalist for the 2023 Seafood Excellence Global awards, taking place in Spain on April 25th.


Good Fish Processing employs over 100 staff in Cork, supplying many of Ireland’s and Europe’s major retailers and food service operators with seafood that is sourced from the most trusted and respected Irish & Worldwide sources, steeped in their own sustainable practices.


“This awards news is coming at an exciting time for the Good Fish Company, as our new facility will be a leading development of its kind and will allow us to utilise the very latest in sustainable technologies to produce the highest-quality Irish seafood for our clients, here at home and overseas,” Donagh Good, Managing Director, said.


“While we have a very specific focus on enhancing the future of the company by leading out on industry developments, being the only Irish company nominated for a Seafood Excellence Global award in the Best Hotel/Restaurant/Catering product category for our Cooked Lemon & Pepper Salmon recipe is a brilliant acknowledgement for our whole team.”


Founded by Denis Good in 1988 and celebrating its 35th year in business in 2023, the company currently operates out of two processing facilities in Carrigaline and has four other retail locations across the county in Douglas, Kinsale, Carrigaline and Ballincollig.


The new processing development will be strategically located next to Cork Container Terminal to facilitate immediate export, as well as allowing for quick access to the M28 and Ireland’s motorway network. The construction project will deliver additional capacity for the company, increasing its current operating floor space three-fold.


The factory’s build will be underpinned by a specific focus on achieving excellence across a range of energy efficiency measures, while continuing to deliver on sustainability requirements as a Bord Bia Origin Green and Fishery Improvements Project member. It will include a dedicated Research & Development (R&D) area, with the very latest cutting-edge technology installed as part of the upgrade. The additional space will also permit the acquisition of larger-scale and more effective production machinery.


“This investment is the result of key strategic decisions we made to ensure we are leading the way in terms of research, development, and creating a sustainable way forward for our business within the industry,” Donagh added. “We are very much looking forward to the busy times ahead both for the Good Fish family and the local Shanbally area through the increase of direct and indirect employment, and we’ll continue to share updates as the project continues over the coming months.”


An increasing demand for high-quality frozen seafood products in Europe and further afield means the company will immediately be able to leverage the benefits of its newly fitted value added technology and packaging capacity to deliver cost effective, premium seafood products to retail customers in Ireland and elsewhere.


In the meantime, all eyes will be on the 2023 Seafood Excellence Global awards competition which will take place at the upcoming Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global in Barcelona. The awards recognise the best seafood products represented at the Expo and the Best Hotel/Restaurant/Catering (HORECA) product is one of two Grand Prizes to be handed out at the prestigious event. Visit:www.goodfishprocessing.ie