New contracts see Around Noon and Ballymaloe Foods’ relationship go from strength to strength – Retail Times

Donnacha Ryan, Food Service Manager, Ballymaloe Foods, introduces the custom jars to Gareth Chambers, CEO of Around Noon

A collaboration between Newry-based Around Noon and world-renowned condiment maker Ballymaloe Foods has seen the Newry-based company make more than four million sandwiches to date using County Cork’s much-loved signature condiment. And volume will grow significantly due to a number of new contracts won by Around Noon with leading names in retail.

Ballymaloe Foods has supplied Around Noon with more than 42 tons of its seasoning since the companies formed a relationship six years ago, with volume expected to increase by more than 20 percent as a result of new business won by Around Noon. This includes an agreement to supply sandwiches made on the island of Ireland with Irish ingredients to Marks & Spencer.

Gareth Chambers, CEO of Around Noon explains: “Sourcing quality ingredients from great suppliers and building strong, sustainable relationships with them is a very important part of our business. Ballymaloe Foods is a world-renowned provider of excellent produce. We have had a fantastic relationship with them for the last six years and we look forward to the relationship getting stronger and stronger.”

Donnacha Ryan, Food Service Manager, Ballymaloe Foods, explains: “Around Noon is a leading producer of quality sandwiches for the hospitality and retail sectors and we are delighted to be a trusted supplier to them. Our relationship has developed and grown over the last six years, and we are delighted that our seasoning has been used in over 4 million Around Noon sandwiches eaten across the UK and Ireland. With the new contracts won by Around Noon, we look forward to continuing to develop the relationship with Ballymaloe Foods for years to come.”

Around Noon has been in business for over 30 years and employs over 400 people. It supplies a wide range of high quality baked, frozen, hot and chilled products to customers including patios, convenience stores and multiple retailers and cafes across the UK and Ireland.

Ballymaloe Foods’ history dates back nearly 100 years to the 1930s when Ivan Allen grew tomatoes in his Shanagarry greenhouses. Ivan’s wife, Myrtle, began creating a delicious condiment from the rich produce of tomatoes, naturally preserving them so they could be used year-round with deli meats and sandwiches.

Using her mother’s recipe, Myrtle’s daughter Yasmin Hyde began producing Ballymaloe Relish in her own kitchen. This led Yasmin to establish Ballymaloe Foods in 1990. Starting as a very small operation, the company now exports to a number of countries including Canada, Germany, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. The original Ballymaloe Relish has become an iconic Irish product and is found in kitchens around the world.

Ballymaloe Foods, which now produces a wide variety of award-winning condiments, sauces and pickles in its purpose-built kitchens on Little Island, County Cork, remains a family business.

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