Around Noon, the Newry-headquartered food-to-go manufacturer, has picked up two national awards in London for new product development.
The fast-growing company, which now employs over 300 people, won two awards in the Sammies 2018 – the British Sandwich and Food-to-Go Association Awards. The company won New Sandwich of the Year category, defeating competition from supermarket retailers including Waitrose and The Co-Op. It collected the category award for New Sandwich of the Year – Hot and the overall New Sandwich of the Year award 2018.
These add to the three Sammies that Around Noon won in 2017. Around Noon successfully retained the Overall New Sandwich of the Year award for 2018.
The New Sandwich of the Year award is for a new pre-packed sandwich which has been successfully launched in a retail or catering environment.
The winning product, Around Noon’s Breakfast Toast includes black pudding, mushrooms, spring onions, goats’ cheese, cheddar, bacon and spicy house ketchup on sourdough toast.
Gareth Chambers, CEO of Around Noon, said:
“We want to position Around Noon as the UK and Ireland’s leading food-to-go manufacturer and to lead the way in innovation and new product development in the industry.
“We’re delighted to have one of our new products, the Breakfast Toast sandwich, recognised at The Sammies. This is just one of several new products we have brought to market in the past year with more exciting developments in the pipeline.
“The past year has been a very strong one for Around Noon, winning five Sammies, being named in the Sunday Times Fast-track 100 and acquiring a London-based business. We’re focused on growing our customer-base and manufacturing output across the UK and Ireland and are continuing to add new significant companies and brands to our existing customer-base. National awards like The Sammies are an important part of communicating to new and prospective customers the level of innovation and quality we want Around Noon to be synonymous with,” he added.
In April, Around Noon’s CEO Gareth Chambers won the Young Business Person of the Year award at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, in partnership with Ulster Bank.
The 33-year-old was also recently announced as one of five NI-based entrepreneurs shortlisted for the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ireland awards, now in their 21st year.
Widely considered the Oscars of the sandwich and food to go industry in the UK, The Sammies 2018 – organised by the British Sandwich and Food to Go Association – were held in the Nine Kings Suite, Royal Lancaster London Hotel on Thursday, May 10.