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Newry firm Around Noon acquires leading London sandwich manufacturer

Gareth Chambers, left, CEO of Around Noon, and Howard Farquhar, chairman of Around Noon have announced the acquisition of London-based Chef in a Box
Gareth McKeown

NEWRY-based food-to-go manufacturer Around Noon has announced a significant acquisition in London to expand its UK presence.

The award-winning company has acquired Chef in a Box, a premium sandwich and snack manufacturer with market-leading customers in the corporate sector.

The purchase from Donegal Investment Group PLC for an undisclosed amount will enable Around Noon to initially gain a strong foothold in Greater London and provide a platform for further UK expansion.

Around Noon has been in business for more than 25 years and employs over 300 people. It supplies a broad range of high-quality sandwiches, wraps, salads and fruit pots under its Scribbles brand. It also markets bakery items from its in-house operation, Sweet Things, which it acquired last year, and cold pressed juices.

Howard Farquhar, chairman of Around Noon, said: “Food-to-go is a high-growth category and we see London as a very significant opportunity for us, as well as a platform for further UK expansion, including other potential acquisitions."

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