Henderson's coffee brand is Northern Ireland's biggest retail brew
A coffee business owned by Henderson Foodservice Ltd is now the biggest retail coffee brand in Northern Ireland after an investment of £3m, the company has said.
Henderson said Barista Bar Coffee was now on sale in 260 sites across its Spar, Eurospar and Vivo network of convenience stores.
And the company said it planned to bring the brand, which is exclusive to its network, to another 70 of its sites. The brand grew from 30 machines to 260 during last year.
Henderson said it had spent £3m on the brand, and would spend another £1m before the end of 2017.
Business development director Mark Stewart-Maunder said: "The strength of the Barista Bar coffee brand lies not only in its great tasting coffee, but in its convenience to our customers.
"We know that the people of Northern Ireland are looking for premium quality and our Barista Bar format delivers this, time and time again.
"The easy to use machines, the consistency in every cup and availability in virtually every town and city in Northern Ireland, means that you no longer have to visit a coffee shop to enjoy a truly fantastic cup of coffee.
"Investment in this brand has reached over £3m to date and we will continue to invest heavily to bring the brand to even more customers throughout 2017."
David Bucklee, manager of Spar in Milltown, Ballymoney, said: "We are delighted to have the Barista Bar installed instore and pleased to be able to offer our customers what we believe to be a truly great cup of coffee.
"At Milltown SPAR we understand that the needs of our customers are growing and evolving, convenience is becoming increasingly important to them so we are always trying to deliver more great services and expect the Barista Bar to be very popular with our customers."
The first Barista Bar site opened in March 2015 and it is hoped that the 300th site will be installed before March 2017.