Northern Irish bakery distributor Andrew Ingredients has invested £1m in a move to new premises to meet growing demand for its products across the whole of Ireland.

The firm’s new 24,000sq ft site in Lisburn is twice the size of its previous premises and will help the £10m turnover firm grow by 20%, said MD Tim Andrew.

"We are growing sales across the six counties of Northern Ireland, but have also seen business increase in the Republic of Ireland since we set up a dedicated sales team in 2008," said Andrew. "The recession has hit everyone in Ireland, but bread is a basic, so the baking industry has stood up well."

Andrew said the firm now supplies ingredients to 95% of Northern Ireland’s bakers.