Food-to-go manufacturer Around Noon has purchased London-based Chef in a Box from Donegal Investment Group PLC.

Around Noon said it aims to expand its presence within the UK through the acquisition.

The Newry-headquartered company, which claims a “market-leading position” across Ireland, described Chef in a Box as “a premium sandwich and snack manufacturer with market-leading customers in the corporate sector.”

It added the purchase will enable it to “gain a strong foothold in Greater London and provide a platform for further UK expansion.”

Around Noon currently markets bakery items from in-house operation Sweet Things, which it acquired last year. It also supplies sandwiches, wraps, salads and fruit pots under its Scribbles brand.

Gareth Chambers, CEO of Around Noon, said: “Acquiring the company gives us the presence and infrastructure required to have a significant impact in the UK market.”