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Cross Hands Food Park is a dedicated 50-acre food park two minutes from the M4 on the Euro Route between Ireland and London. A strategic cluster of food processing, packaging and transport companies operate from or are expanding alongside the Park.

Castell Howell Foods

Castell Howell Foods, the largest independent food wholesaler in Wales, is the
latest company to establish itself at the Carmarthen Food Park at Cross Hands. They are currently building a single-storey food production facility and two-storey office block attached.

The multi-million pound company which serves over 3000 customers, employs
over 200 staff, and stocks over 8000 catering products, provides a one stop shop for the caterer.

In May 2003 Castell Howell Foods began deliveries into the South West of England from its new depot in Gloucester, heralding a new phase in the Company's development. In August 2004, Castell Howell increased its West Country prominence with is acquisition of the assets of Pan Aroma Ltd, a leading bakery product distributor based in Bristol.

With its central hub and head office at Carmarthen, where it combines a
delivered warehouse facilty with a wholesale Cash and Carry, Castell Howell constantly strives to provide first class customer service based on outstanding reliability, flexibility, choice and personal care. The company’s butchery and fresh goods sections offers a wide range of produce including the best of locally
produced meats and cheeses.

Castell Howell Foods has become the main distribution link between Welsh food manufacturers and the customer and is looking to build on that reputation with
the establishment of its purpose built premises on the Cross Hands Food Park.

Dawn Meats

When a massive fire burnt down Dawn Pac’s packaging centre at Cross Hands it could have been the end of the company’s links with the area.

But when the Irish parent company Dawn Meats were deciding on their response to the tragedy, they had no real doubts, and now occupy a 200,000sq.ft state-of-the-art processing facility on Wales’s biggest dedicated Food Park.

Dawn Pac is proof of Carmarthenshire’s success, not only in attracting new businesses, but also in helping them to succeed and making them keen to re-invest and expand. The company now produces over 1,000 tonnes of meat products per week. This includes 3 million retail packs per week with an emphasis on new and innovative home meal solutions.

For a company like  Dawn Pac, Cross Hands’s position on the Ireland EuroRoute was crucial; the enthusiasm of both economic development personnel and the workforce was a major deciding factor.

Padraig McCarthy, Head of Group Development, has been impressed by Carmarthenshire and its people: “ Proximity to Ireland and access to the UK motorways attracted us to Cross Hands. In 14 years we have gone from 30 people to more than 700 – a credit to the adaptability and resilience of the local workforce.

Despite other options and locations, the proactivity of the local agencies seriously impressed us – that and the workforce, were crucial.”

Gower View Foods

Gower View Foods, a new company initially offering a contract packing service in Liquid Stick Packs and Standard Doy Pouches is the first company to move into the new Incubator Production Units on the Cross Hands Business Park.

MD Jon Lewis, who has over twenty years experience of processing and marketing, had for some time been looking to locate in the Swansea Bay Partnership area but had not been able to find what he was looking for in terms of facilities and location until he turned in to the Cross Hands Food Park.

“When I first saw the building it was merely a shell, but I immediately realised its potential. It was exactly what I wanted and in a prime location. Access and services are first class”.

“That however was only half the story. The support that I have received from the Business Development Managers of Carmarthenshire County Council, and their assistance in obtaining an Assembly Investment Grant, has been second to none”, says Jon as the unit is taking shape to his exact specifications.

Gower View Foods aims to provide services to customers looking for Liquid Stick Packs, Stand Up Pouches, Contract Packing, Cartoning, Product Ink Jetting, Label Application, Repacking Stock or Hand Packing Promotional Products.

The company is capable of packing a range of products including yoghurt, alcohol, sauce, mayonnaise, olive oil, smoothies, flavoured water, honey and jam.

NR Evans

NR Evans is a family run company that has been in business for over twenty years with its Head Office on the nearby Cross Hands Business Park. Initially the focus of the business was bulk powder but the downturn in the construction industry during the early 1990’s encouraged a change of direction into the food sector. Since then the company has grown to become Wales’ largest independent refrigerated transport company and a significant player in the UK market.
NR Evans have depots throughout the country and employ over 200 people and run over 100 articulated lorries.

Their current client list includes some of the biggest players in the UK food processing sector, as well as the large multiple retailers including Dawn Pac
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