Retailing on the double!

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'John Armstong the Marketing Director and Andrew Heys the Business Unit Director at Kepak Convenience Foods, Kirkham
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'John Armstong the Marketing Director and Andrew Heys the Business Unit Director at Kepak Convenience Foods, Kirkham
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BOSSES at a successful food factory have secured a contract with Britain’s biggest retailer and are aiming to double the size of their business in the next five years.

Kepak, on St George’s Park, Kirkham, has just landed a deal with Tesco and supplies the likes of Big Al’s and La Tasca, and is the firm behind the famous Rustlers fast food brand.

Now, with the help of the first convenience foods targeted specifically at women, Zugos deli cafe products including a growing range of pasta and panini snacks, marketing director John Armstong and business unit director Andrew Heys are confident the firm – which employs 400 people – will flourish yet further.

Mr Heys said: “We are still actively bringing new staff in.

“Rustlers is one of the lines we’re best known for, and it has passed £15m in sales in the past two years. We take ideas we see on the high street and develop them for the home market.”

Of Zugos, Mr Armstrong said: “It’s all new business for us.

“We’ve also got an amazing service business with the likes of La Tasca and Big Al’s – as well as pubs. We have ambitions of doubling in size in the next five years.

“The Tesco contract is a big boost in terms of our five-year ambition, and we’re extremely lucky here to have a facility that’s built for growth.”

The initial contract with Britain’s biggest retailer is for £15m – but the duo hope to grow that to between £20 and £25 million.