Avondale Foods (Craigavon) Ltd. was founded in 1965 by Harry and Derek Geddis. The brothers started in business growing vegetables at their family farm for distribution to local markets and retail outlets.
As Avondale Foods expanded, produce was outsourced to local growers while the company focused on product development. In the early 1980s, Avondale Foods became the first company in Northern Ireland to manufacture coleslaw and quickly became one of the leading suppliers of coleslaw in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Avondale Foods remains a family company with the founding members still involved in the day-to-day running of the business. The second generation of the family have also key roles within the senior management team. Avondale Foods has a staff of over 400 people which fluctuates according to the demands of production.