Around Noon and Clandeboye Estate join forces to produce quality snack range
Two Northern Ireland food firms have teamed up to produce a new range of products for the Irish market.
Sandwich and snack firm Around Noon, which is based in Newry, is working with Clandeboye Estate, which produces yoghurt to develop 'on the go' products.
The new product, part of Around Noon's quirky 'A Bit on the Side' range of snacks, features layers of nut-free granola and fruit compote developed by the Newry business, alongside the Clandeboye yoghurt.
David Graham, Around Noon's executive head chef, said: "Flavour was key as far as we were concerned.
"All the components had to be excellent, especially the yoghurt.
"This focus on product quality and taste underpins our approach to all our products. We opted for Clandeboye Greek Style because it's a strained yoghurt which provides a thick and creamy taste.
"We were also keen to work with another local company, another important consideration in our business approach. Most of our products now use ingredients and other supplies from other Northern Ireland companies."
Bryan Boggs, Clandeboye Estate's general manager, said: "We were delighted to work in partnership with Around Noon in helping to create the new snack pots featuring our think and creamy Greek style yoghurt."
Formed by husband and wife team Francis and Sheila Chambers in 1989 as a kitchen table enterprise, Around Noon now employs 230 people, and makes a wide range of around 600 products.
That includes sandwiches, wraps and paninis, along with salads, smoothies, juices and desserts.