Portaferry food firm secures Swedish deal

Just Live A Little's Jill Crawford displays some of the firm's Oaty range

A PORTAFERRY food firm has won its first business in Sweden.

Just Live a Little will supply its Oaty range of granolas to Swedish supermarket chain Netto.

Husband and wife team, David and Jill Crawford, secured the deal after participating in Invest NI’s trade mission to Sweden and Denmark in May this year.

Ms Crawford said she was "delighted to have secured this business in a market which has a strong focus on healthy products at breakfast and for snacking".

“We met the key buyer at Netto in Stockholm during an Invest NI trade mission to Sweden, one of our target markets in Europe. We pitched for business, provided samples and subsequently received a significant order from the supermarket chain," she said.

“Winning business with Netto gives us a strong foothold in the market, with over 150 stores across Sweden and outlets in other neighbouring markets.

“This latest success has reinforced our conviction that there’s a developing demand for natural and healthy artisan products and we hope to continue to grow our business as a result.”

Netto is part of Denmark’s Dansk Supermarket Group, which also has stores in Germany and Poland.

Invest NI director of trade Alison Gowdy said: “This family run business has been very proactive in looking to new markets for business growth. This latest deal in Sweden follows earlier successes in markets such as Germany, Asia, and the United Arab Emirates.

“Their success at identifying and succeeding in exports comes from investing time in researching the right markets for their products, participating in trade missions and using our trade advisors to help identify potential customers and distributors.”

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