Mash Direct Invests £10m In ‘Green’ Technologies

Mash Direct in Comber, the manufacturer of potato and vegetable sides dishes and convenience dishes is recruiting 12 staff and increasing production after a £10million funding boost.

The Comber family business, which has around 200 staff, is to use the cash boost from HSBC UK to become more environmentally friendly.

New solar and wind energy equipment will be installed along with a new wastewater treatment facility.

Mash Direct will also add new production lines, so it can produce new dishes and increase capacity, and invest in robotics and enterprise management software.

Additional plans include the hiring of 12 new staff in roles from operations to human resources.

Chief operating officer Jack Hamilton, whose parents Tracy and Martin founded the farm-based firm, said: “With growing demand for our range of products at home and abroad, it was essential that we invested in new, environmentally friendly machinery and in the talented, skilled staff we currently have.”

The company has also invested in measures to reduce plastic usage including replacing black plastic trays with green alternatives.