Belfast Telegraph

Co Down seafood firm Rooney nets orders for Christmas

Rooney Fish manager Patrick Higgins and director Andrew Rooney on the Millbay oyster farm
Rooney Fish manager Patrick Higgins and director Andrew Rooney on the Millbay oyster farm

By Caitriona Mc Bride

While most companies are settling into the new year, a Co Down seafood firm is already taking orders for Christmas from its overseas customers.

Kilkeel-based Rooney Fish, which employs 67 staff, exports a range of shellfish, including langoustines, crabs and Millbay oysters, to 15 countries, which accounts for 99% of its turnover.

In October the company attended the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Shanghai, with financial support from the Department for International Trade.

The department said the firm was reporting orders coming in from customers including Michelin-star restaurants, five-star hotels and supermarket chains ahead of the festive season.

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