5 Pac boosts export performance with help from Invest NI

Belfast-based 5 Pac has increased annual sales by almost 15 per cent following a productivity improvement programme undertaken with help from Invest Northern Ireland.

The company supplies packaged fruit and vegetables to a variety of customers across Ireland, from large supermarket chains through to small retailers.

In a bid to boost its competitive advantage and grow the business in the Republic of Ireland, 5 Pac adopted lean manufacturing principles with help from Invest NI. The company carried out a review of its operations to enhance product flow and resource management. As a result, 5 Pac is benefiting from improved process efficiency and reduced levels of waste.

Niall Casey, Invest NI’s Director of Business Improvement Services, said: “5 Pac is a small business with only nine members of staff, and this improvement project has helped the company to expand its customer base in the Republic of Ireland. Applying lean principles to its production and processes has already made a substantial difference to 5 Pac’s overall performance and will continue to support future business growth.”

Ashley Megarry of 5 Pac, said: “We were keen to boost our productivity levels and Invest NI helped us identify how we could achieve this objective.  Embracing lean principles has generated significant cost savings and productivity improvements for the company which enabled us to secure almost 15 per cent in additional sales over the year. With refined processes, reduced operating costs and increased turnover, we are now in a stronger position to compete for new business outside Northern Ireland.”