Barbecue company Outback sees 12 per cent sales growth

Barbecue supplier Outback says its four-burner gas Meteor model was its best seller for online, in-store and garden centre customers last year.

Chief executive Mark Osborne said: "The Meteor lived up to its name and streaked ahead as a premium choice among our customers - and with a six-burner version also available in stainless steel for 2015, it could hold top spot again in the year ahead."

The Hunter three-burner gas barbecue took second place in the popularity league table, while Outback’s customers voted the Excel 300 two-burner gas barbecue their number three selection.

Osborne added: "in addition, we are confident that our new Trekker gas barbecue will make an impact on the outdoor camping, caravan and motor home market, which analysts suggest will once again show steady growth as holiday-makers continue to take the 'staycation' option."

The British-designed Trekker will have a number of new additions for 2015, including a stronger hinge on the porcelain enamelled lid, improved grill/griddle fixing points for greater cooking stability, extended hose length, tool hooks and a new one-piece control panel.

The Trekker will also have its own canvass carry/storage bag with individual compartments and PVC interior available for 2015, with a RRP of £19.99.

Garden Centre Association  figures showed outdoor living, including barbecues, were up 20 per cent in 2014.

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