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Co Antrim crisp maker secures Singapore export deal

Pictured are Michael McKillop, sales director, Glens of Antrim Crisps and John Hood, director of food and drink at Invest NI
Gareth McKeown

A CO Antrim crisp manufacturer has secured a lucrative export contract in Singapore.

Cushendall-based Glens of Antrim Crisps has recently shipped its first container of crisps to Singapore supermarket chain Cold Storage. The deal, secured at at Food Hotel Asia in April, has since progressed with an additional three orders agreed. The deal builds on the company's £650,000 capital investment earlier this year, to establish an in-house crisp manufacturing facility, creating eight additional jobs.

Company sales director, Michael McKillop said the new deal is an "encouraging win" for the business.

“The Asia Pacific region is earmarked to be the fastest growing market for savoury snacks.

“This deal with Cold Storage in Singapore is an encouraging win for the business and builds on our order to another large supermarket chain in Singapore, Smartprice, who should receive their first containers in September," he said.

Glens of Antrim launched its crisp range in 2015 and has benefited from £99,875 of support from Invest NI to establish its in-house crisp manufacturing capabilities.

The company has also taken part in dozens of food development initiatives, including meet the buyer events and trade visits, while it also exhibited at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York - the largest specialty food industry event in north America.

Invest NI's director of food and drink, John Hood added:

“Market intelligence and consumer insight are key factors in driving the strategic direction of a business. I'm delighted that Glens of Antrim is gaining traction with its new product area and building its international customer base. The creation of eight new assisted jobs in Causeway Coast and Glens is also positive news.

“The deals with Cold Storage and SmartPrice were confirmed following conversations on our Northern Ireland Food stand at Food Hotel Asia in April, reinforcing the value for companies to continue to be both visible and outgoing in taking their products to growing world markets."

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