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Co Down sauce company Prep House launches £800k factory to target new markets

Ian Moore, business manager at Danske Bank, pictured with Barry Fitzpatrick, operations manager at Prep House
Gareth McKeown

A CO Down sauce company has invested £800,000 in a new factory to fulfil new contracts with the some of the UK's biggest supermarket chains.

Prep House, based in Crossgar, specialises in the development and production of sauces, mayonnaise, dressings and marinades. Formerly known as Sauce Works, the business, founded in 1999 by Paul and David Bell, has opened a new 10,000 sq ft facility to help cater for growing demand and fuel expansion into new markets.

The company has also upgraded production capabilities with new filling, labelling and cooking equipment and opened an 'Innovation Kitchen', to be used for cookery demonstrations as well as allow customers to create their own sauces. The major investment, supported by Invest NI and Danske Bank has created four jobs, bringing total staff numbers at the Co Down firm to 20.

Paul Bell, managing director of Prep House, said the company had outgrown its previous home and hopes the new premises will drive further growth.

“Our focus over the next 12 months is to further diversify our product range and break into new markets with the help of Invest NI," he said.

"The Republic of Ireland is an area we're currently looking at and we'll be recruiting more staff to help facilitate that growth. We're also developing ways to remove preservatives from our sauces to make them even healthier.”

Ian Moore, business manager at Danske Bank added: “Prep House has invested significantly in its facilities in order to keep ahead in what is a fast-moving sector. The management team have a clear vision of where they want to take the business and have put in place a strategy which ensures the company reaches its full potential."

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