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Compass, Around Noon deal creates jobs

Monday, July 21 10:09:25

Food and support services company, Compass Group Ireland, has appointed Around Noon Ltd. as its preferred sandwich supplier in a contract worth E1.2m that will see ten new jobs created.

This new contract will see the Newry based company supply freshly made sandwiches, wraps and salads to 90 of Compass Group's units across the island of Ireland.

The contract is valued at E1.25 million over the next 12 months and up to 10 new jobs will be created by Around Noon on the back of this deal. The company currently employs 101 people.

This latest appointment further reinforces Compass Group Ireland's commitment to working with Irish supplier across Ireland. In the last year alone, the Group has appointed Cork based Hodgins Foods to supply all sausages and black pudding to its sites, Dublin based La Rousse Foods to supply artisan Irish and French cheeses, breads, handmade chocolates and specialty game, Johnston Mooney and O'Brien to supply bread and all fresh fish is sourced from Wexford based Atlantis Seafoods.

Around Noon is a family business founded by Francis and Sheila Chambers in 1989. The company which is now managed by their children Gareth and Andrea Chambers operates a high street brand, Scribbles, and supplies successful cafe chain Insomnia with its range of sandwiches and salads.

Based in Newry, Co. Down, the sandwiches were originally made on the kitchen table of the family home and delivered by Sheila in a picnic basket. The company focuses on high quality 'grab and go' food while maintaining its original homemade approach and values which have been hugely successful for the company to date.

Mark Lee, commercial director, Compass Group Ireland said: "As a company we are very focused on working with Irish suppliers and delivering a first class product to our customers. We were extremely impressed with the quality and range of Around Noon's products and look forward to working with them."