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Henderson seals £20m deal food with Mount Charles

By Margaret Canning

Food and retail giant Henderson has signed a new £20m, five-year deal with caterers Mount Charles Group.

It's the biggest ever contract with Belfast-based Mount Charles for Henderson Foodservice in Mallusk.

The deal will involve Henderson supplying Mount Charles with products, many of which are from Northern Ireland suppliers such as Dale Farm, Irwin's Bakery and ice-cream maker Glastry Farm.

Mount Charles will in turn use the products in its catering services in 90 sites including schools, universities, hospitals and businesses.

Damien Barrett, managing director of Henderson Foodservice, said: "It's fantastic that after many years of an excellent working relationship with the Mount Charles Group, we have won this new contract, securing our business with them for at least another three years.

"It's a great sign of confidence in the quality of services and products we are supplying."

He said Henderson makes around 250 deliveries to Mount Charles sites every week - 13,000 every year.

Cathal Geoghegan, managing director of Mount Charles, said: "More than 85% of our fresh food produce is locally sourced and fully traceable, so Henderson's local approach is a key factor behind this new contract."

The Henderson group has interests sprawling from symbol retail - it also owns the Spar franchise in Northern Ireland - to property and wholesale.

In 2014 parent company John Henderson (Holdings) Ltd had pre-tax profit of £21.2m, up 16% from £18.2m, and turnover of £663m, up 3% from £642.8m. The food service division had pre-tax profit of £1.4m on turnover of £74m. Meanwhile, Mount Charles had pre-tax profits of £1.3m on turnover of £25m.

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