Around Noon appoints ex-Invest NI man
Former Invest NI food director Maynard Mawhinney has been appointed to the board of a convenience food company.
Mr Mawhinney is now an independent director of Around Noon in Newry.
The family business employs 170 people and makes sandwiches and other convenience foods for markets on both sides of the border.
Mr Mawhinney was Invest NI's director of food and tourism for 10 years up until 2013.
He is also a board member of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) and has been reappointed to the board of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). He is also an adviser to consultancy firm BDO.
Gareth Chambers, chief executive of Around Noon, said: "Maynard will bring strong marketing and PR skills to Around Noon and will exercise a robust challenge function to decision making."
The company said it had achieved a 40% growth in sales in 2015, thanks to a sharp increase in business in the Republic. Around 50% of business is now based in the Republic.
Mr Chambers said: "The Republic is becoming an immensely important market for us. We've developed good business especially with 'grab and go' food retailers which appreciate a supplier committed to quality and in the development of the type of innovative tastes their customers want in what is now a dynamic and sophisticated industry."
The company was founded by Gareth's parents, Sheila and Francis Chambers, in 1989. It has around 600 products, including sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, juices, fresh fruit and yoghurt.