Local bakery scoops top business award

Damien Barrett (right), Henderson Foodservice Managing Director, presents the Emerging Supplier of the Year Award to Libby Bogle and Katherine Rea from New Found Joy.''Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
Damien Barrett (right), Henderson Foodservice Managing Director, presents the Emerging Supplier of the Year Award to Libby Bogle and Katherine Rea from New Found Joy.''Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

A Lurgan firm has won a top award at a prestigious business conference in Belfast.

New Found Joy has been named Henderson Foodservice Emerging Supplier of the Year.

The artisan bakery, which has become renowned for its gluten free bakery products, was shortlisted against BD Foods and Clearer Water.

Henderson Foodservice holds its supplier awards every year at its annual conference to mark the excellent produce, practices and ranges of the companies it works with.

Damien Barrett, Henderson Foodservice Managing Director, said the company was fortunate to have such a high quality pool of local suppliers to choose from.

“We work with 480 suppliers in the business from large multinationals to smaller local companies just starting out. Our relationship with those suppliers has been one of the key factors in our successful growth over the last ten years and to acknowledge this we have created three awards to recognise emerging, national and local suppliers.”

“Emerging Supplier of the Year winner New Found Joy has taken a popular range of bakery treats and made them accessible to customers who require gluten free or coeliac products. This is a growing niche market and New Found Joy are enabling us to provide our customers with much greater choice whilst answering new challenges.”

Last year Henderson Foodservice saw sales volume growth of around 12%, largely attributable to the success of the fresh side of its business, which saw an increase in meat and poultry sales of over 25%.

Henderson Foodservice’s annual conference took place at Malone House and was attended by staff and key suppliers including household names such as Coca Cola and Unilever as well as local companies such as New Found Joy and Crosskeys Meats.