About

Our story 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.

In New York’s deli scene, mediocrity is never an option.

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 – twice. A breakthrough deal for supplying Debenhams Cafes throughout Ireland led to a reputation for innovation and premium quality. And further contracts with Costa Coffee and Applegreen soon followed.

Now exporting all over the world.

Still run by Jackie and Brian, the company has an ever increasing portfolio of customers, a workforce of approximately 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.

Meet the team

Honest to goodness specialists who simply love what they do.

Food is a passion we all share, but we couldn’t do what we do without the brilliant people on our team.

Jackie Reid

Gary McDowell

Cathal McDonnell

Ricky Hanbay

Peadar Quinn

Philip Woods

Brian Reid

Bronagh Lennon

Steve Tweed

Ronan Gourley

Visit our cafes

Visit our cafes

As well as our comprehensive food-to-go service, we also have a collection of much loved Gourmet Cafes.

An Apron is just a cape on backwards

Newry Monaghan Street

Newry, BT35 6BB
+44 28 3026 1770

Newry The Quays Shopping Centre

Newry, BT35 8QS
+44 28 3025 6000

Warrenpoint

Warrenpoint, BT34 2AH
+44 28 4175 4261

Dundalk

Dundalk, Co. Louth
+353 42 932 9555