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Portadown food company's agreement with top grocer

By Staff Reporter

A Co Armagh food business is to supply its smoked delicacies to luxury grocer Fortnum & Mason.

O'Chatten Smokery in Portadown has been in business for two months, specialising in gourmet favourites such as pastrami, smoked Lough Neagh eels and smoked duck breast.

And owner Andrew Chatten said it was on target for turnover of more than £250,000 in its first year of trading.

It's also in talks with a Northern Ireland food processor about opening up supplies with big retailers.

And it hopes to sell a charcuterie range to multiples such as Sainsbury's.

Mr Chatten said: "After months of behind-the-scenes development, O'Chatten Smokery has secured its first customers and is planning to have a luxury product range on the shelves of high-end stores this Christmas."

He said the smokery had also secured regular orders for its smoked eels from grocer to the Queen, Fortnum & Mason.

Mr Chatten said he had been inspired to go into business after trying smoked chicken on holiday in Cornwall, but failing to find similar products for sale at home.

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