Barack Obama samples British-made catering kit

The world’s most powerful leaders were in Northern Ireland this week to debate matters of global importance — and it turns out a British manufacturer played its part in keeping them refreshed during the long talks.

Birmingham-based coffee machine maker Fracino says its equipment was used to serve drinks to those attending the G8 Summit in Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, which included the likes of Barack Obama, David Cameron and Vladimir Putin.

Fracino was invited by Downing Street to supply 11 of its Piccino machines to the prestigious convention, as well as a single unit to Number 10.

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The black and stainless steel Piccino coffee machines, engraved with the Union Jack flag, were provided in the leaders’ lodges, according to the company’s MD Adrian Maxwell.

“This is the highest honour we could dream for in such a formative year, celebrating our 50th anniversary,” he said. “The concept of the world’s global leaders enjoying their coffee from our machines is amazing. It likewise reinforces our commitment to constantly innovating and striving for world class manufacturing standards.”

Fracino employs more than 40 people and made sales of £3.6m last year. Close to 30% of that figure came from the export arm it launched five years ago.

The company is now in its third generation of family ownership. It was originally founded by Frank Maxwell in his garden shed and is now managed by his son Adrian, a former Rolls-Royce engineer. Adrian’s wife Marion is the company’s credit controller and their two daughters also work for the business.

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