Deeside Activity Park has today announced that its hugely popular catering and food business is to be taken over by Angus and Oink from March next year.
The coffee and farm shop which is based at Dess, near Aboyne, is to become a new catering and retail venue for the Angus and Oink street food brand which has brought its unique and flavourful sauces and rubs into homes and restaurant across the globe.
Deeside Activity Park first opened its coffee and farm shop back in 2003 as a venue to sell and serve its homegrown Aberdeen Angus beef. The business was already well established as an outdoor adventure activities destination attracting locals, tourists and corporate teams with kart racing, quad biking and more. Over the years, the business has further expanded by renovating farm buildings into holiday homes, and establishing Deeside Activity Park as a local shopping hub with a number of rental units being occupied by prominent North East retail businesses, such as Norvite and Hilltrek.
Angus and Oink, a local success story which now distributes its distinctively flavoured products as far afield as Australia, has outgrown its premises in Inverurie and was seeking a new base which would allow its production and distribution operation to grow, while introducing the on-trend food brand to the local area through its first catering and retail outlet.
Ken Howie of Deeside Activity Park said, “For the past few months, we’ve hosted weekly outdoor takeaway BBQ’s in place of our usual coffee shop offering. These have been very well received by our regular customers and have brought many new faces onto our site. Handing these BBQ’s and the rest of our catering and food line over to an evolutionary brand like Angus and Oink, who are undoubtedly the BBQ experts, is just the next step in an incredible journey for Deeside Activity Park.
“This will see us return to our roots and concentrate on the outdoor activity business, our Aberdeen Angus beef farm and holiday accommodation, and to provide the right support to our new tenants Angus and Oink, as well as all the other established businesses that operate out of Deeside Activity Park.”
Malissa Fraser of Angus and Oink added, “As a business we saw substantial international growth over the last 12 months which meant we outgrew our premises for the second time in two years. Our search for a new manufacturing plant led us to meet with Ken at DAP. Our initial conversations with him to move manufacture quickly grew into an exciting opportunity which would allow us to take the next big step with our business and follow our dream of opening up our very first BBQ Store and food outlet. The fact that this is at a stunning location on Royal Deeside excites us even more!
“DAP is the perfect location for us to expand our business, there are so many great synergies with the other businesses already established there, we feel our food offerings and BBQ schools will also benefit them greatly.
“The new food outlet will be named ‘EAT ME’ and will offer an exciting range of street food and BBQ options! There will also be some old favourites, but with an A&O twist! Our customers have been asking for the opportunity to try the food we create for social media for a long time now, and we are thrilled to now be able to give them their wish!
The move is expected to be complete by Easter 2021 and will bring job opportunities to the area with the expansion of the manufacturing plant.