Belfast Telegraph

Jobs boost as sandwich firm tucks into £3m export deal

By Clare Weir

Over 20 new jobs have been created thanks to a £3m export deal.

Bite Group in Enniskillen will increase production and distribution of convenience foods throughout the Republic of Ireland and also in Northern Ireland, meaning 23 additional roles at supervisory and management levels.

The firm was established in 1998 by managing director Michael Keogh and operates from a production plant on Lackaboy Industrial Estate.

The company supplies fresh sandwiches, tortilla wraps, paninis, baguettes and deli ingredients on a daily basis by its own temperature controlled vans from a network of depots in Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Current customers include Starbucks, Dunnes, Musgrave and SuperValu.

Mr Keogh said that winning this new business is a tremendous boost for the company and positions it for further and faster growth in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

"We are now firmly established as the largest and most successful manufacturer and distributor of private label snack and convenience products on the island of Ireland," he said.

"What is also strategically important for us is that the new business enhances our position substantially in an immensely important market outside Northern Ireland. While we have been operating in the Republic for some time through our depots in Dublin, Cork and Galway, the new business moves us on to another level.

"We worked very closely with the new customer in the development of products to their requirements and also in other key areas such as packaging and distribution."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said that Bite Group currently contributes around £1.5m in salaries and wages annually to the economy in Fermanagh.

"Bite Group's success will also benefit local suppliers that provide the company with ingredients," she said.

"Over recent years the company has invested extensively in its processing, marketing and distribution operations.

"These new contracts are a powerful recognition that Bite Group can now offer a total food solution to both existing and potential clients. This is based on their ability to create, package and distribute premium food whenever and wherever required.

"The new business secured by Bite Group is a great endorsement of its professionalism and commitment to quality. It consolidates their standing as a market leader in the preparation and production of premium quality convenience food."