Investment creates nine new jobs at Pure Roast
Co Antrim coffee firm Pure Roast Coffee has completed a £350,000 investment in a move which will allow the company to triples its output of products.
The business, which is based in Lisburn and produces single serve pods and ground coffee, has installed a new convection roaster, a computerised storage and transfer silos for storing beans.
The investment will allow the company to make significant energy savings, and able to almost double its work force, taking on nine new people. It has also enabled Pure Roast to increase its processing and warehouse space.
Pure Roast Coffee managing director Martin Symington said the investment will allow the company to meet the increasing demand for its products.
The company currently sells 95% of its coffee outside Northern Ireland and includes high profile clients such as Emirates Airlines in its portfolio.
"We have developed a solid customer base, most of which are based outside Northern Ireland and in markets as diverse as Great Britain and the Middle East. Our business in Britain has grown 35% in the past year as a result of our decision to establish Pure Gusto, a subsidiary based in Bolton," he said.
"We've been approached by several major food-service organisations attracted by our expertise in single-serve pods and our reputation as a customer-focused developer of quality coffee.
"Winning a series of UK Great Taste Awards for original coffee products has also reinforced our market profile."
Mr Symington, who has previous experience in food-service and coffee production, set up Pure Roast Coffee in 2009.