Belfast Telegraph

Newry food firm growing its brand to London market

By Margaret Canning

A Co Down food firm is bringing its successful range of sandwiches and 'food-on-the-go' to London as part of its latest expansion.

Newry firm Around Noon, which is headed by 32-year-old Gareth Chambers, is rebranding its newly acquired London-based business Chef in a Box with its own name, and growing it further.

Around Noon now employs around 330 staff, and has high-end premises with inspirational slogans daubed on the walls. It has made two major acquisitions in the Republic and London in the last few years. Now, its newly acquired firm Chef in a Box will become Around Noon London.

"What we want to do is very similar to how Around Noon works in Ireland. We offer a really high quality handmade product and we work closely with our clients to offer new and exclusive ranges of food," Mr Chambers said.

"Chef in a Box has a great location on the M25 into London and northwards, and we'll be working with coffee shops, convenience retailers and also food service contract caterers."

Around Noon produces about 60 types of 'food on the move' - and while the humble sandwich retains its place, it's also making items like protein pots, filled croissants, wraps and cold-press juices.

And it's not limiting itself to lunchtime foods - with breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea all part of the offering.

"We have got a solid five-year growth plan (called To The Moon 2021) and we're excited about the future," added Mr Chambers.

Belfast Telegraph

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