Pure Roast Coffee has been awarded a key quality accreditation that has resulted in £1.2 million of new business outside Northern Ireland for coffee pods and beans.
Based in Lisburn, County Antrim, the company specialises in coffee for food service organisations and has achieved British Retail Consortium Grade A accreditation that will enable it to grow business, especially with major retailers in Britain, the Republic of Ireland and further afield.
The new business - equivalent to 24 million cups of coffee a year - was announced by Stuart Hewitt, Pure Roast Coffee's technical director, who said: "We are seeing a growing interest in pods because of their convenience and the guarantee of high quality coffee with a consistently strong flavour.
"Achieving BRC Grade A accreditation at the first attempt is important for us because it's an essential requirement to enable us to do business with leading wholesalers and retailers. It's effectively a badge of high quality and consistency in terms of facilities, operating procedures and manufacturing systems.
"The accreditation is the outcome of extensive investment in finance, management time and other resources by us, still a small business, and in response to approaches from a broad range of potential clients from most catering sectors keen to benefit in particular from our expertise in the development and production of ESE coffee pods to the specific requirements of customers", added Hewitt.
By Lisa Jenkins
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