1. ITV Report

Isle of Man meat company strikes UK partnership

Photo: Credit: Lucy Verdon, Isle of Man Department for Environment, Food and Agriculture.

'Isle of Man Meats' has announced a strategic partnership with Suffolk-based 'Northgate Foods'.

This will significantly increase the meat market for Manx farmers who will now be supplying Manx food for those in the UK, as well as on the Isle of Man.

'Northgate Foods' is one of the UK's biggest suppliers of fresh and frozen meat with an £18 million annual turnover.

It is also only a few UK companies that is accredited with the BRC Global Standards as agents and brokers with Red Tractor approval.

Securing a contract with a UK strategic partner was an important goal in our plan for business growth, and in partnering with Northgate we have created an opportunity to significantly increase volumes of sales and improve our margins. Working with an organisation with Northgate’s reputation, credibility and capability will help us to build the Isle of Man Meats brand in the UK and provide new routes to market for us and Manx farmers."

– Tim Baker MHK, Chairman of Isle of Man Meats

Isle of Man Meats’ reputation as a supplier of high quality, fully traceable products, from farms which operate to recognised industry standards, are all important factors behind our decision to award this contract. These factors are USPs that we, our customers, and end consumers, are looking always for."

– Philip Woodfield, Sales and Purchasing Manager at Northgate Foods

The contract was signed at the International Food and Drink Event in London.