The DELI LITES journey began in the 1990s when Jackie Reid and her four sisters spent a summer working in New York. A natural foodie, Jackie loved the quality and flavours she discovered in the downtown delis of New Jersey, deciding that the people of Ireland deserved a healthier and more interesting lunchtime proposition.
The first DELI LITES store opened in Newry, Co. Down in 1994 to a loyal customer base. Together with her husband, Brian, Jackie saw an opportunity to make artisan sandwiches for convenience stores, schools and universities, so bought a premises of their own and founded DELI LITES Ireland Ltd.
Starting with a modest 30 sandwiches per day, sales quickly grew and in just three years, demand for DELI LITES products led to expanding manufacturing capability. A breakthrough deal for supplying Debenhams Cafés throughout Ireland led to a reputation for innovation and premium quality and further contracts with Costa Coffee and Applegreen soon followed.
Still run by Jackie and Brian, the company has an ever increasing portfolio of customers, a workforce of approximately of 300 employees and growing. They’ve added a bakery facility and currently supply every county in Ireland every day of the week.
That said, DELI LITES remains true to its original purpose from back in 1994 where their fresh, gourmet sandwiches and food-to-go products still make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those who consume them and on the growth and bottom line for those who sell them.
Now exporting all over the world, DELI LITES is fulfilling the original vision to bring the best Irish sandwich to the world market. The dream is to see that sandwich sold in New York where the story began. But while the company continues to innovate and evolve, one thing it will never do is mediocrity.
Address: Unit 1, Monaghan Court, Newry, BT35 6BB
Telephone: 028 3026 1770