Holmes Bakery secures first US export listing

Holmes Bakery in Northern Ireland has won its first business in the US.

The bakery, based at Portadown in Co Armagh, is supplying a 12-strong range of biscuits, including traditional Irish flakemeal and fruit-infused shortbread, to grocer Central Market in Texas.

Gillian Castles, brand administrator at the bakery, says: “Winning our first business in the US has given everyone in the company a real buzz.

“We are confident that the quality and outstanding taste of our biscuits will lead to further export business in the US and other markets.”

The business in Texas was secured through the company’s distributor in Britain. It follows a listing for six lines, including traditional Northern Irish traybakes, by UK online retailer Ocado.

Established in Texas in 1994 and now headquartered in Dallas, Central Market specialises in a range of gourmet food and drink.

Earlier in August, Holmes Bakery added to its string of UK Great Taste Awards by gaining recognition for an oaty biscuit made with real Irish butter.

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