Belfast Telegraph

Offal firm ranked in UK-wide top 100 list for exports growth

By Margaret Canning

The fast-growing international sales of an offal company in Co Tyrone have earned them a place on a UK-wide list of fast-growing exporters.

Offal products such as kidney, liver, trotters and sweetbreads are considered a delicacy in the Far East, Africa and the Caribbean - markets which have all been tapped into by Elmgrove Foods in Dungannon.

The firm, which is linked to the Dunbia Group of meat processors, is the only Northern Ireland company on the Sunday Times BT Business SME Export list Track 100 league table.

The company is placed at 61 in the list of firms with the fastest-growing international sales over the past two years.

The distributor of so-called 'fifth quarter' animal products was set up by 39-year-old Stuart Dobson - the son of Dunbia co-founder Jack Dobson - in 2008.

The company has grown international sales by an average of nearly 50% a year for the last two years.

It has won a string of accolades over the last few years, including the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2013, while Stuart Dobson was also a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year last year.

Elmgrove Foods features alongside companies from around the UK, including emerging brands such as hair products supplier Tangle Teezer, goat milk producer Delamere Dairy and smart materials developer D3O.

Danny Longbottom, managing director UK SME at BT Business, said: "I would like to congratulate the businesses recognised in the inaugural Export Track 100, who are proving that it's not necessarily size that determines international success.

"These businesses have used a combination of self-starting ambition, smart use of technology, and sheer hard work to punch well above their weight in the global market.

"The fruits of their labour are contributing to a strong and diverse UK economy, which we can all be thankful for."

More than a quarter of firms on the list are in London - but as it can claim just one of the 100, Northern Ireland has the smallest share.

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