On January 15, 2015, Pinguin, the frozen foods division of Belgian Greenyard Foods, opened a new production line in the Lille metro area. It is located in Comines, just a few kilometers from the Belgian border.
Pinguin, 35,000 metric tons of frozen food per year
The group invested close to 8 million euros into the manufacturing process to bring it up to date and to make the site and the 106 jobs it provides sustainable. The Pinguin factory benefits from its strategic location in Nord-pas de Calais—France’s third-leading agro-foods region (source: 2014 agro-foods study). The company’s investment has resulted in a two-fold production increase. Now, 35,000 metric tons of spinach, peas, green beans, carrots and leeks are processed into frozen food every year using a single, cutting edge machine.
The food industry dynamism in Lille Metropolis
Greenyard Foods CEO Marleen Vaesen says, “We have been very satisfied with the collaboration and involvement of regional industry players, including Lille’s agency. The agency has played an important role during the setup of our project, helping us with investor introductions, encouraging interaction with private and public players, and providing support for our launch and media relations.”
Greenyard Foods is an international leader in food processing. The company prepares freshly-harvested fruits and vegetables and provides healthy food products with a long shelf-life to the marketplace.
Greenyard Foods, Key numbers for 2015
- 2,470 employees
- 620 million euros in sales
- 13 European production sites (Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Poland and Hungary)