Graham's Bakery in Northern Ireland wins new export sales

Graham's Bakery, one of Northern Ireland's most successful independent family bakeries, has won new business in the US, France and Spain for its traditional Irish biscuits.

The new export customers secured by the bakery, which is based in Dromore, county Down, include Spain's El Corte Ingles, Mariano's in Chicago and Smart and Final in Los Angeles.

The bakery's Traditional Irish Oat Cookies and Irish Butter Shortbread products have become a major export success for the small business.

The growing success of its traditional Irish biscuits has also led the bakery to extend the range of oat-based cookies to include Cranberry & Yogurt and Dark Chocolate & Ginger flavours. They are available in 135g packs at £2.19.

The two new biscuits were launched at start of February. Graham's has a portfolio of 20 different products all baked on site and using quality ingredients, especially Northern Irish fresh creamery butter.

The bakery, a UK Great Taste award winner, is a third generation family business that started producing a range of freshly baked breads, cakes and buns in 1956 in premises at the heart of the county Down market town

Tim Graham, commercial director, says: "We've just launched the new Cranberry & Yogurt and Chocolate & Ginger oat cookies because of the success of the existing Irish Oat Cookie with retailers and shoppers, especially in international markets, now a major focus for the company. Retailers have been asking us for additional flavours.

"We are delighted with recent export successes in the US, France and Spain with quality-conscious retailers. It's immensely encouraging and a great confidence boost to have great new customers such as El Corte Ingles, Smart and Final and Mariano's in our portfolio."