Belfast Telegraph

Downpatrick-based sauce company grows after fund boost from Northern Ireland Business fund

A Co Down sauce company has expanded its workforce and invested in new machinery, thanks to a five-figure injection from the Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund.

Downpatrick-based Down Sauce Co Ltd is creating three new jobs to help grow the business.

The family firm has been in the sauce game for more than 30 years, developing new recipes for firms in the UK and in Europe.

The company employs six people, with the business now producing around 30,000 kg of sauce each month.

Its products range from a variety of sauces and marinades, including sweet chilli, as well as a lemon, honey and rosemary marinade.

Company director Patrick Murray said: "In four years, the business has experienced tremendous success and grown faster than we expected.

"We have worked with chefs around the world to create different sauces and marinades using local-sourced ingredients."

The small business fund is managed by Ulster Community Investment (UCI) on behalf of Invest NI.

"We approached them for assistance to purchase new machinery, which has reduced both cooking time and the packing process to around two hours," Mr Murray said.

"This has greatly improved the efficiency of the production process and has allowed us to take on additional staff."

Belfast Telegraph