A Co Down food company has won a £5m contract from the Irish Prison Service.
Crossgar Foodservice in Seaforde is now supplying beef, pork, poultry and eggs to the prison service for meals in its 14 facilities throughout the Republic.
Crossgar Foodservice, which employs over 230 people, currently secures over 40% of its business from public and private sector clients in the Republic.
Contracts won in the Republic have helped the company, which has sales of around £40m per annum, to achieve 25% growth over the past few years.
The company was established in 1959 and has won a number of awards for its pork, lamb, beef, chicken and duck products.
The firm has a longstanding relationship with 3663, the UK’s leading foodservice company, and distributes to clients on its behalf throughout Ireland, giving Crossgar access to over 10,000 food products.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said that the deal was a “tremendous export boost” for the firm and the wider food industry, especially as the public sector is among the most competitive and challenging sectors in the Republic of Ireland market.
Michael Morrissey, Crossgar Foodservice’s managing director, added that the contract was “immensely important” for the company.
“This will further strengthen our position in the Republic of Ireland and encourage us as we seek to expand our existing business in Ireland,” he said.
“We have an excellent track record providing quality products to public sector clients in the Republic and Northern Ireland.
“Our products are sourced from our own established supply chain and offer provenance and value for money.
“Over the years we’ve invested extensively in our supply chain and also our distribution services to ensure that clients receive the quality products they require when they require them.”