Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Global customers go nuts for Forest Feast

Ann Woods, product development manager with Forest Feast, celebrates this Christmas following a year of export success for the Portadown business

A Portadown firm is celebrating after recording an almost 60% rise in international sales and winning new custom in nine countries in 2013.

Forest Feast, which makes dried fruit and nut products, secured new retail and foodservice customers in the USA, the Baltics, Greece, Uruguay, Croatia, Switzerland, Finland, Angola and Norway during 2013 and strengthened its presence in markets including Russia and Brazil.

Forest Feast products are now available in 26 markets worldwide. The firm won business with Globus Supermarkets in Switzerland, Stockmann Supermarkets in Finland and Meny Supermarkets in Norway, as well as a foodservice distribution contract, which has made products available on Estonian ferries and in top-end delicatessens in Estonia and Latvia.

This month the company also began supplying a luxury Manhattan hotel. Lorraine Hall, sales and marketing director of Kestrel Foods, which owns the Forest Feast brand, said: "Response from international customers this year is testament of the product quality and proof that the model is working.

"Alongside growing exports in 2014, we will invest in new product development, production innovation and further developing the foodservice side of our business."