Around Noon

Fruit pot supplier Around Noon has reported a doubling of sales of its convenience pots in the past two years.

The Newry-based food-to-go manufacturer supplies customers across Northern and the Republic of Ireland with the fresh fruit pots, with destinations including convenience and forecourt retailers and coffee shop chains.

The company sources fresh fruit from its supplier, The Fruit People, and creates a range of fresh fruit pots, before distributing them to customers.

The company began sourcing from The Fruit People - founded and run by brothers Brian and Barry Dennis - in August 2017 and since then the number of fruit pot units sold has increased by more than 110 per cent.

Around Noon provides a full ‘food-to-go’ offering, including sandwiches, salads and wraps, as well as bakery items and cold-pressed juices. The firm says fruit is one of its fastest-growing product categories.

Chief executive Gareth Chambers said: “We have a very successful partnership with The Fruit People, which has helped us enhance our range and provide our clients with a fresh and healthy offering. We see the potential for further significant growth in this area as consumers increasingly opt for healthier choices. Part of our growth strategy is to help our clients offer better, healthier food.”

Brian Dennis of The Fruit People added: “Around Noon has become one of our largest customers as their fruit sales have grown so significantly. We put a big focus on the quality and reliability of what we supply, and we have been able to work very well with the Around Noon team to help them create products of real quality.”