The chilled and frozen food supplier told Food Manufacture the move would lead to the creation of more jobs within its production team, but did not confirm how many.
As a result of the deal, Tony’s Chippy branded frozen Pork Sausages in Batter and Beef Burgers in Batter will be listed in more than 260 B&M -owned Heron Foods stores across England, and Tony’s Chippy Battered Sausages will also be listed in more than 80 of B&M’s 560 stores.
Tony’s Chippy products were already listed in a number of retailers in Northern Ireland (NI) and Scotland including Tesco, Spar, Sainsbury’s and Asda, said TS Foods, which is based in Castlewellan, Northern Ireland. The company, which clinched a contract with Iceland Foods a year ago, has called the latest contract, which went live last month with no defined duration, “a major coup”.
‘Authentic chip-shop taste’
“We have been making products that enable NI customers to enjoy an authentic chip-shop taste straight from the oven for 40 years,” said Joanne Molloy, managing director of TS Foods. “However as a business we have recently been making it a priority to focus our efforts not just here in NI, but throughout the rest of the UK.
“With this B&M and Heron Foods deal, we are delighted to be able to widen our reach to help further stimulate and satisfy demand for our products across the water.”
Sophie Peters, frozen buyer at B&M Retail, which bought Heron Foods in August 2017, said: “TS Foods certainly embodies the type of producers we like to work with and we are delighted to welcome the Tony’s Chippy brand to our diverse offering.”
TS Foods was formed in 1978 by husband and wife team Tony and Ann Steele to produce a range of convenience foods.