Belfast Telegraph

New premises help bakery supplier expand

By Heather McGarrigle

A Co Antrim bakery supplier is investing over £1m in the expansion of the family business.

Andrews Ingredients Ltd hopes to grow business by 20% with a move to new premises which will double the size of its production facilities.

The 24,000 sq ft facility is part of a growth plan the company hopes will significantly increase its £10m turnover.

The family-run fun employs 26 people and supplies specialist ingredients to 95% of Northern Ireland's bakeries, including Genesis Breads and Mother's Pride.

Tim Andrew, Andrews Ingredients managing director, said: "When my father started the business in 1945, his aim was to introduce new standards of support, expertise and service to the baking industry.

"Innovation has been key to driving these goals through the years. Our website is multi functional and provides recipe ideas as well as fact sheets with product information to customers.

"We have even introduced an iPhone app for our sales team so they have access to up to the minute information.

"As well as our customers and staff, another important link in our success has been the support of our bank, Ulster Bank.

"They have helped our business development and we see their investment in the new premises as a real endorsement of Andrew Ingredients Limited and our plans for the future."

Susan Nightingale, business manager at Ulster Bank's Lisburn business centre, said: "We are delighted to have played our part in facilitating the expansion of this second generation family business.

"Having worked closely with managing director Tim Andrew to gain an understanding of the company, it was clear to see how important this move was in terms of driving the business forward."