Fruit firm inks deal for stock system
A FRUIT-growing company yesterday became one of the first Irish companies to capitalise on the visit of Xi Jinping when it sold its stock control system to a number of Chinese farmers.
Now the system, developed in north Dublin by Keelings Fruit, will begin operating in farms in the Shangong and Xinjiang provinces later this year.
The sale of the computerised stock control system, which ensures maximum yield from highly perishable fruit, was part of a bilateral trade deal agreed during the Chinese vice president's visit.
It was developed over the past 15 years and has the potential to generate millions of euro in sales for the company each year.
Managing director Caroline Keeling announced she had also signed a deal yesterday to import exotic Korla pears from the Xinjiang region, starting this year. She anticipates sales of more than €4m here over two years, starting in 2013. The company also hopes to supply China with its locally produced strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.