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Ardo UK welcomes local MP

14 December 2010

A visit from its local MP gave Ardo UK the opportunity to showcase its recent £15 million investment in new machinery and buildings at its Charing premises

Damian Green, MP for Ashford and Minister for Immigration, was welcomed on site by Operations Director Jim Everest and Marketing & Innovation Director Simon Baxter.

After an initial briefing about Ardo’s investment at the Kent site, the company’s position in the UK marketplace and its recent multi-million pound deal to buy peas from East Anglian farmers, Green was given a tour of the state-of-the-art processing and packaging facility.

“Ardo UK is a significant local employer and we were pleased to welcome Mr Green and bring him up to date with the latest developments here,” said Operations Manager Jim Everest. “The past year has been a busy one for Ardo and has seen a number of key initiatives take place. Most visible was the completion and opening of our factory extension, giving us the most modern frozen fruit and vegetable processing and packing plant in the UK.

“And more recently, we were pleased to sign a deal with Anglian Pea Growers, a farmers’ cooperative, to take next year’s 14,800 tonne crop.”

Mr Green added: “It is great to see a company that chose to move to the area flourish and grow. Ardo provides local employment as it extends its business, as well as backing British farmers. The whole operation is really impressive.”

Caption: Damian Green MP with Operations Director Jim Everest beside one of the new packing lines at Ardo UK in Charing

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