Belfast Telegraph

Domino's Pizza serves up 400 new Northern Ireland jobs to feed Green and White Army for Euro 2016 party

Domino's Pizza is creating 400 new jobs in Northern Ireland as part of a major recruitment drive ahead of the European Championship and the Olympic Games.

It's part of a UK-wide recruitment drive by the chain to employ 10,000 people over the summer.

The move is part of plans to open more than 65 stores in the UK and Ireland this year as it gets set for an upsurge in demand, with three pizzas expected to be ordered every second during Euro 2016.

Chief executive David Wild said: "2016 is a bumper year for Domino's, we have plans to open around 65 new stores and we'll serve up over seven million pizzas during the Euros alone."

Domino's announced in March that rock bottom cheese prices had helped the fast food chain rack up double-digit profits last year.

The group, which has more than 869 stores, said pre-tax profits jumped 20% to £59.3m in the year to December 27 compared with a year ago, helped by lower costs for fuel, wheat and ''a record-low cheese price''.

It said it was able to save £11m on food costs alone last year, primarily on cheese and dough.

The firm said in March that like-for-like sales hit 11.7% over the period, while its online operation now accounted for 77.7% of all sales from deliveries, up from 70.8% a year ago. Its app service now accounts for 48.6% of all online sales.

The group opened 61 stores in the UK last year, adding that its UK business had now produced nine successive quarters of double-digit like-for-like growth.

Apart from the UK business, Domino's Pizza also owns the franchises in the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland, as well as Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.