A major contract in foodservice won by the Bite Group in Enniskillen has strengthened the company’s position as the market leader in premium quality snack foods in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The contract, worth around £3 million, for a range of snack foods including fresh sandwiches, tortilla wraps, baguettes and deli ingredients, has led to 23 new jobs for local people. The new business has also encouraged the company to look for opportunities in Great Britain for its products and distribution services.
The company is now supplying its products to an extensive network of restaurants, cafes and corporate canteens in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland from its production operation in Fermanagh through its depots in Dublin, Cork and Galway.
Invest Northern Ireland has provided a range of support to the company including help to sharpen skills to enable it to tender effectively for the type of contract recently secured. Invest NI also assisted the company to develop its processing operations, technology and people.
Michael Keogh, Bite Group managing director, says: “The business is a tremendous and very significant boost for the company and positions us for further and faster growth in the Republic, our most important and rapidly developing market.
“The contract recognises Bite Group as the largest and most successful manufacturer and distributor of private label snack and convenience products on the island of Ireland.
“It’s an important acknowledgement that Bite Group now offers a total food solution to its existing and potential clients that’s based on an ability to create, package and distribute premium food wherever and whenever required.
“Bite Group is able to provide this comprehensive service because of our extensive investment in its processing, marketing and distribution operations."
Bite Group’s success will benefit many suppliers of ingredients in Northern Ireland including those providing bread, potatoes and fillings.
Formed in 1998 by Mr Keogh, Bite Group now operates from a British Retail Consortium Grade A accredited production plant on Lackaboy Industrial Estate, Enniskillen. Current customers include Starbucks, Dunnes, Musgrave and SuperValu.
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