NI bakeries scoop new listings

Past Tense Treats baker Paeder pictured along with managing director of the business Jackie Reid

Past Tense Treats in Newry and Graham's Bakery in Co. Down have both secured lucrative new listings

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4 August 2016 | 0

Two Northern Irish bakeries have secured major new listings this month.

First up, new artisan bakery business, Past Tense Treats, announced its launch into the Irish market having signed its first deal with Rail Gourmet, providers of onboard catering services for Irish Rail. In a deal worth in excess of €1 million, Past Tense Treats, located in Warrenpoint, Newry, and initially expected to employ ten people, will supply Rail Gourmet with a range of handmade grab-and-go bars.

It is a significant listing for the bakery which has its sights set on the retail, corporate, hospitality and coffee shop markets across Ireland. It also coincides with the company recently being given a two star Great Taste Award for its Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie.

Jackie Reid, managing director of the business which she co-founded with her husband Brian, said: “Past Tense Treats, so-called because they are gone before you know it, is an exciting new enterprise for us and our customers and we are thrilled to be the bakery supplier of choice for Rail Gourmet and Irish Rail passengers.”

The company which focuses on quality, “quirky” treats is actually the second venture for the business pair who founded and own successful sandwich manufacturing company Deli Lites Ireland Limited.

Won over by ‘Little Luxuries’ 

Meanwhile, Graham’s Bakery in Northern Ireland has won a listing from online retailer AmazonFresh.

Graham’s, based in Dromore, county Down, is supplying its recently launched four-strong range of ‘Little Luxuries’ cake tubs along with longer established biscuits and its Victoria Sponge to the online retailer.

The luxury tubs are available in 225g – 270g carton tubs in Chocolate Brownie, Coconut, Crispy Caramel and Millionaire Bites and are the latest development in the bakery’s successful bite-sized cakes and biscuits.

The family-owned company which now employs 40 people, operates from a purpose-built bakery and already has extensive sales in Great Britain from business with Booker Retail, the Co-Op, Partridges and online retailer Ocado.

The bakery also supplies its range of products to retailers in the US, the Republic of Ireland and the United Arab Emirates, where it has a foothold with supermarkets in Dubai.

Sales and marketing manager Tim Graham, described the listing from AmazonFresh as “a marvellous boost” as “it will strengthen our position in the important Greater London marketplace”.

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