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Ready meal deal makers

A frozen ready-meals factory in Dundalk which is home to the popular Weight Watchers range of meals has been bought by a Manchester-based family-run food company.

The deal between the Authentic Food Company (TAFC) and Heinz includes a three-year arrangement for TAFC to manufacture the Weight Watchers meals developed by Heinz.

TAFC, which is family owned and managed, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Nik Basran, TAFC managing director, said the deal was an investment in the food manufacturing sector in Ireland.