Three local food companies took time out from a busy schedule this week to celebrate their recent contract wins with Asda NI.
The local agri-food businesses, all based in the Portadown area, will see 45,000 units of vegetables, 7,000 bouquets and 5,000 bottles of cider ringing their way through tills at Asda’s 16 local stores in the coming months.
Gilfresh Produce from Loughgall, Derryland Nurseries and Armagh Cider Company secured the deals with Asda.
Already a longstanding supplier to Asda, Gilfresh Produce will now supply ‘Tenderheart’ cabbage and new season local leeks to the retailer. Derrylard Nurseries Ltd, which is based beside Lough Neagh, will be supplying celery, two varieties of lettuce and colourful ‘stock’ flowers. The Asda buying team has also signed a contract with Armagh Cider Company for the supply of their famous cider varieties, Maddens Mellow and Carsons Crisp, as well as their spiced mulled cider for later in 2014.
Susanna Hassard, regional buying manager for Asda NI and Scotland said, “Supporting and working with local companies is hugely important to Asda. Our customers love to see NI products on the shelves and know we’re benefiting local companies and employment. County Armagh is a hotbed of quality producers and our new contracts with these local businesses show the high calibre of the companies producing fantastic food on our doorstep.”
Helen Troughton from Armagh Cider Company based near Portadown added, “It’s great to see Asda championing local companies. We’ve always wanted to bring the unique flavour of Armagh Apples to the wider world and our new deal is a great step forward in that plan.”
Food companies interested in gaining an insight into becoming an Asda supplier are invited to attend a special event organised by the NI Chamber of Commerce on August 21. Interested companies can register for ‘Exporting: Food for Thought’, which takes place in the Park Inn by Radisson, Belfast.