With the sole aim of producing the healthiest ready meals in Ireland, Taste a Memory Foods, is in the process of expanding its Irish retail customer base and take on the dynamic export challenges of the UK market with the help and support of specialist Irish and UK distribution partner, Oakland International. Aware of their reputation within the food service industry and with the opportunity to expand, Taste a Memory Foods director, Alan Bradfield explains: “With Oakland we have the ability to service all retail customers in Ireland with the added benefit of a launching platform to drive our export initiatives to the UK and the plan, over the coming months, is to add new products and new retail listings; put simply we can deliver our current range whilst benefitting from Oakland International’s cost-effective distribution rates and still increase sales.” Utilising only quality ingredients of meat, vegetables and spices in their products, Taste a Memory Foods add nothing else, with all products produced free from additives and preservatives, and every ready meal both low in fat and salt, and many gluten free. Oakland International stores, picks and distributes Taste a Memory Foods to Irish retailers via their tailored consolidation model, sharing pallets with other suppliers delivering to the same retailer, and thereby significantly reducing distribution costs. Oakland International’s know-how in storage and broad retailer distribution network, the planned strategy going forward for this Irish producer either later this year or in 2014, is to enter the UK market with the support of Oakland International, who will work with Taste a Memory Foods to make their UK expansion a success. Oakland International Ireland general manager, Richard Hill, stated: “Due to growing demand for Taste a Memory Foods, our tailored consolidation model will be used to support increasing retailer volumes throughout Ireland, and when the time is right, export expansion in to the UK. “Producing a premium product we are delighted to support Taste a Memory Foods, their continued growth across Ireland, and their future retailer expansion.” Focus on building growth partnerships with Irish, UK and European food producers of all sizes further extends Oakland International’s specialist consolidation service models tailored for suppliers, something Taste a Memory Foods is now benefitting from.