Healthy fast food chain Freshly Chopped has announced the opening of its first outlet in the UK.

The new store in Manchester is Freshly Chopped's 60th outlet. 

The company has also opened new outlets in Drogheda and Cavan since the start of the year. 

Brian Lee, co-founder and managing director of Freshly Chopped, said it had taken the company slightly longer than originally anticipated to open in the UK mainly because of the uncertainty created by Brexit. 

But he said the company is confident that it has found the right location in the UK, adding that it also has the right infrastructure in place to deliver the foundation we need to grow the brand in the UK.

"We see this first store as a pilot to learn more about the market and assess how Brexit impacts on the sector before committing to opening more stores in England," Brian Lee said. 

"We will be very careful and deliberate with our rollout strategy and we have created a new supply chain that we think is Brexit proofed to deliver the same experience that our customers in Ireland have come to love," he said. 

"There is a vast demand in the British market for healthy fast food and we have been inundated with requests to open in Britain over the last six years, both from Irish people living abroad and British people who have seen what we have been offering in Ireland," he added.

The Manchester store is located in Piccadilly Plaza and suppliers include Johnson's Coffee, Antrim and Sanam's Sweetcakes, a local Manchester bakery that provides vegan, gluten free and dairy free treats. 

The new outlet will also see Cork's Rebel Chilli introduced to the UK.