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THE Geordie Banger Co is opening its first shop in Newcastle's Grainger Market after finding success selling its sausages at markets across the North East.
The sausage business is owned by third-generation butcher David McDonald, 27, who learned how to make sausages from his father and grandfather when he was a child.
Geordie Bangers came to be after Mr McDonald found himself in need of some cash, and his father suggested selling sausages at Newcastle's Quayside market. His company now travels the length and breadth of the region selling its sausages at markets and food festivals, but is opening its first shop in the Grainger Market in the New Year.
Mr McDonald is also about to test his products in a new market when he takes up a pitch at the National Youth Market in Manchester this weekend.
The event showcases traders from across the UK who are aged between 16 to 30, and rewards the best trader each year with a PS500 prize.
Mr McDonald said: "My brand is well known in Newcastle so it is taking it outside of the area to see if people will still buy it. If it works then we are looking to go online and sell the sausages nationally."
He added: "The National Youth Market is a fantastic chance to get my name out there in an amazing city like Manchester - this is something I believe will help my business tenfold."
Mr McDonald has wanted to sell his sausages online for some time but decided to delay the launch until he knows that the sausages will sell outside of the North East.
After initially launching with five flavours, Geordie Bangers now sells around 30 different kinds of sausages.
"Selling sausages online is going to be a new thing," said Mr McDonald.
"I have always wanted to try it but I wanted to get it right because with them being a perishable product we need to offer next-day delivery and they need to be kept cold.
"There are quite a few hurdles in the way, so I have been trying to get the best prices and conditions ready.
"If we go to Manchester this weekend and they prove popular we might get orders, and repeat orders, from people. If we have the option to say 'We now sell them online', and we can get more sales that way, that would be great."
Geordie Bangers will be attending the National Youth Market today and tomorrow between 10am to 4pm, featuring between 25 and 30 stalls.
David McDonald is to open a Grainger Market Geordie Banger Co