Dromore firm cuts a slice of new market

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th March 2013 - Lagan Valley Business Breakfast at Caf� Vic-Ryn in Lisburn.'Hertford Arnold, Phylis Arnold and Philip Coulter
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th March 2013 - Lagan Valley Business Breakfast at Caf� Vic-Ryn in Lisburn.'Hertford Arnold, Phylis Arnold and Philip Coulter

Dromore’s Cottage Catering has cut itself a slice of the dessert market in the United Arab Emirates.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster announced the news recently while congratulating the Dromore firm - established in 1989 by husband and wife Hertford and Phyllis Arnold - on its success.

Cottage Catering, which employs some 63 people, has won business with supermarket chain Spinneys for eight dessert product lines. It will supply a total of 15 stores across the UAE.

“This is a hugely significant contract in the Emirates for Cottage Catering, an ambitious local manufacturer which has been enjoying considerable success from a strategic focus on growing export business,” said Mrs Foster. “Dubai is the latest market developed by the company following a series of deals for its range of desserts in European markets.

“The contract with such an influential and respected retailer as Spinneys positions Cottage Catering for fast growth in a very vibrant and discerning marketplace.”

Cottage Catering’s General Manager Director, Austin Moore, said: “This is a very exciting development for us in a completely new and dynamic market.

“We’re encouraged by the business and feedback from customers to our range of products which include cheesecakes, trifles, sundaes and ganaches.

“We are working closely with the team at Spinneys to exploit what is a very significant new business opportunity that was brokered by Invest NI, which introduced us to the retailer and then helped us to develop a cost-effective and highly professional route to market by way of Pan Euro Foods in Dublin.”

The minister added:“I’ve had an opportunity to talk to Spinneys and other leading retailers during my visit to the United Arab Emirates and it’s been immensely encouraging to see so many quality foods from Northern Ireland on the shelves of supermarkets in key business centres such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.