Around Noon Bakery in Newry has been shortlisted for Bakery Manufacturer of the Year in the UK Food Manufacture Excellence Awards.
The bakery is up against three other top bakery manufacturers from across the UK, and the winners will be announced at a gala event in Hilton London Bankside in February.
Other Northern Ireland companies shortlisted for the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards this year include Moy Park and Dunbia in Meat, Poultry and Seafood Manufacturing Company of the Year, and Lynn’s Country Foods/Finnebrogue in the Plant-Based Manufacturing Company of the Year category.
Around Noon has been in the food-to-go market for over 30 years and employs more than 300 people.
It produces bakery items, including cakes, muffins, pastries, slices, cupcakes, brownies and scones for a range of customers under its own ‘Sweet Things’ brand.
As well as bakery items, it supplies a broad range of high-quality sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruit pots and cold pressed juices to customers, including forecourt and convenience retailers and cafes. It also sells healthy ready meals via its Simply Fit Food brand.
Gareth Chambers, CEO of Around Noon, said: “Around Noon Bakery continues to go from strength to strength, experiencing growing demand from new and existing customers.
“This is fantastic recognition for Ciara, Steve and the team of their hard work, commitment to innovation and excellence in everything that they do.”