Bawnbua Foods wins new contracts worth £10m

Processor Bawnbua Foods, formerly known as Eurostock Foods, has announced new contract wins worth in excess of £10 million (m). The business has won contracts with international supermarket chains, food manufacturing companies and specialist frozen food retailers. 

The company changed its name from Eurostock Foods earlier this year. It said: “The Bawnbua name was chosen to reflect our Irish heritage and to position the company for further growth in the UK and abroad.”

Boasting a 30% growth in company turnover since 2012, the team at Bawnbua expects 2017 to be a record year for the business.  

The management team attributed this success to its strategic focus on new product development and business diversification. This has seen it move from mainly supplying frozen meat products to the UK’s retail sector, to producing an innovative range of quality chilled ready-to-cook meats, chilled slow cooked sous-vide meats and chilled value-added meat products for supermarket chains, food manufacturers and foodservice customers in the UK and Europe.

Gary White, managing director, said product innovation and new market development would be key to future growth. “We are pleased to be unveiling a new chapter for the business as we continue to deliver on our customers’ requirements for convenient, great-tasting, high-quality meat products,” he said. “We have been in the meat business for over 30 years, and our focus has always been on innovation, service and quality. Our ongoing investment in our people and facilities has enabled us to respond to market demands and expand our portfolio to include a quality range of chilled, sous-vide and value-added meat products – which have been well received by our customers.”

The business also announced that it planned to invest £1m in 2017 and create 25 additional jobs. Over the last three years, Bawnbua Foods has already invested £2m in the business.

It currently employs around 250 staff across its sites in Co Armagh (Northern Ireland) and Wigan, Greater Manchester.

“This latest investment announcement follows on from a £1m+ investment in a Product Innovation Centre and specialised production equipment at our Lurgan site in 2012, which has enabled us to become a leading supplier in the chilled meat sector,” added White. “With plans to expand our talented product innovation team this year and new business wins already confirmed, we are excited about developing new ranges which meet and exceed our customers’ expectations, and growing the Bawnbua Foods business worldwide.”

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