Antrim-based manufacturing firm, Golden Popcorn, has announced it has won a contract with Aldi in the Republic of Ireland estimated to be worth £500,000 (€572,630).
The contract was secured following financial and business development support from Invest Northern Ireland and will see Golden Popcorn produce its healthy crisps for Aldi Ireland’s Snackrite brand, which will be on the shelves of over 147 Aldi Ireland stores, the snack maker said.
“The snack industry has changed dramatically over the last five years as consumers look for healthier alternatives to standard snacks," said Sean McClinton, managing director of Golden Popcorn.
"Healthier snacking doesn’t have to be boring and Aldi Ireland’s Satin Crunch crisps which will be produced by us certainly fit the bill," he said.
Invest NI offered £45,000 of support towards the purchase of new equipment as well as expert business advice and guidance through a range of virtual meet the buyer events, the company said.
"We purchased new machinery a number of years ago which has enabled us to develop and add new products to our portfolio and meet the demands from key customers like Aldi," McClinton added.
McClinton highlighted that the Republic of Ireland is the company's "main market."
"Invest NI’s business development support has been invaluable in helping us to build relationships with high profile supermarket chains like Aldi Ireland," he added.
Welcoming Golden Popcorn’s latest news, John Hood, Invest NI’s director of Food & Drink said, “Golden Popcorn is a highly ambitious SME which is using innovation, new product development and exports to ensure the future sustainability of its business."
"This is a winning strategy, which is earning the company a strong reputation in the snack industry and paying dividends in the RoI market," Hood added.
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