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Co Antrim food firm invests £200k in staff and range as demand grows

By Margaret Canning

Published 02/12/2015

Des Gartland (centre), Invest NI, with Nicholas and Michelle Lestas, co-founders of The Good Food and Wine Company
Des Gartland (centre), Invest NI, with Nicholas and Michelle Lestas, co-founders of The Good Food and Wine Company

A Co Antrim food company is investing more than £200,000 in jobs and innovation to develop new gourmet products.

The Good Food and Wine Company in Ballymoney, which also has a shop in Belfast as well as an online store, has taken on six new members of staff and plans to double its product range in order to meet increased consumer demand for its goods.

The growth of the company has been supported by Invest NI.

Co-founder Michelle Lestas said: "This investment forms part of our long-term growth strategy, which involves bringing new product development in-house and further expanding our products line to build on our success to date.

"Encouragingly, we secured a £20,000 order for our hampers in the Republic of Ireland recently and are positioned to meet this increase in sales with our six new sales and production staff."

The company, which runs a shop in Belfast's Queen's Arcade, has received a grant of £18,000 from Invest NI and over £44,000 in assistance. It is planning new products such as dipping oils, flavoured salts, chutneys and fruit drinks.

Invest NI north west regional manager Des McGartland said the firm was "innovative and export-focused".

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