Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Sweet success planned for pastry firm after £150k investment

Maynard Mawhinney, Invest NI Director of Food and Tourism, with Jean-Pierre Carre, managing director of Bangor-based patisserie business Choux Choux

A Co Down pastry firm is investing over £150,000 in a new bid to target export markets.

Choux Choux, based at Dunlop Industrial Units in Bangor, has created three new jobs to support its business growth plan and is now providing pastry production experience to three trainees.

The company plans to expand its business in the Republic of Ireland and to explore opportunities developing in Britain from Northern Ireland — where it already provides desserts to high-profile venues such as Queen’s University and Titanic Belfast.

Managing Director Jean-Pierre Carre, an experienced French patisserie chef, who founded the business in April 2008, is a third-generation chef and came to Belfast in 1984.

Choux Choux currently produces over 100,000 desserts per-annum and specialises in chocolate treats and mini desserts.

A Fellow of the World Master Chefs’ Society, Mr Carre said he set up Choux Choux to deliver a deliciously different taste experience.

“What sets us apart is our focus on providing fresh and often unusual desserts which are produced on a daily basis to specifications agreed with customers,” he said.

“We are also developing an e-commerce site that will provide a platform for us to ... increase business in Northern Ireland, but also in our target growth markets — the Republic and Great Britain.”

Invest NI has offered the company assistance of £28,000 towards the costs of the expansion.

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