Lisburn ingredients firm rolls out £13m turnover
Lisburn flour and food supplier Andrew Ingredients said its focus on quality has been its recipe for success as it celebrates it 70th birthday.
The company, which was founded in 1945, had its most successful year in business last year, with a turnover of £13m.
Andrew Ingredients has been able to capitalise on the surge in popularity of baking on the back of TV shows like Great British Bake Off.
The firm, which supplies the food industry, is investing £750,000 in its Lisburn factory to increase capacity.
This will include new loading bays and a refrigeration unit, a test bakery and kitchen to allow customers to test products, and undertake product development.
Tim Andrew, managing director of Andrew Ingredients, said the business stuck to the principles that had served it well.
"Throughout our 70th anniversary year we are frequently asked what we attribute to our success," Mr Andrew said.
"My response is simple - from the moment the business opened in 1945 the ethos is the same to this day - quality and excellence through our people." Maintaining this has been key, Mr Andrew added.
"The balance of these things has helped us achieved the success we are enjoying today," he said.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been with us on our journey and hope that our legacy continues for another 70 years."
The Andrew Ingredients' journey started in the Belfast Docks at the end of the Second World War, when Mr Andrew's father Bill set up WH Andrew. In 1975 it moved to Hillsborough and was renamed Andrews of Hillsborough before settling on its current name. After outgrowing its factory in 2011 it made the move to premises double the size in Lisburn, which has lead to an increase in business by a third in Ireland.
Mr Andrew, who joined the firm in 1967, said during that time there have been "major changes and some things stay the same".
He said one of the biggest changes he'd seen was the rise in the popularity in baking, fuelled by television shows such as BBC's Great British Bake Off. However, Mr Andrew's favourite is ITV's rival show. "There is more interest in baking with the TV programmes," he said. "I watch some of them but the one I liked best was Britain's Best Bakery." The daytime ITV show featured a competition to find the best independent bakery.