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Bedford Square, Bedford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland,BT2 7ES.

Tel: 02890 239090

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The Northern Ireland Agri Food Sector
The Agri-Food sector in Northern Ireland is one of the most important contributors to the Northern Ireland economy in terms of revenue and employment and is Northern Ireland’s largest manufacturing industry. In 2009 the industry was worth £3.2billion and exports grew by an impressive 27% to £876million (2008).

Nearly two thirds of food and drink from Northern Ireland is now bought by retailers and food service organisations in other parts of the UK and increasingly further afield.
Buyers in virtually all the leading grocery retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Waitrose and Morrisons, now look regularly to Northern Ireland for a broad range of fresh, frozen, chilled and processed products, from fresh meat, dairy and bakery to ready meals, convenience foods. Niche products are also to be found in the food halls at Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, Liberty and Harvey Nichols.

Northern Ireland’s reputation as a source of quality foods is also spreading worldwide. Wal-Mart, Safeway, Carrefour, Auchan, SuperCor, Spinneys, Mercadona are among a growing list of international retailers shopping regularly in the region. Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn is a longstanding customer particularly for beef and lamb from Northern Ireland farms.

The region can point justifiably to a great many success stories – red meat being bought by Europe’s top retailers; cheese and tea going to the US; porridge oats to the Arabian Gulf and Hong Kong; dried fruit and nut snacks to Singapore, Dubai, the Netherlands and Switzerland; pork sausages, health foods and toasted oats to Spain; milk powder to China, Africa and Central America; coffee to the US, Saudi Arabia and North Africa; potato crisps to Australia; and dry cured bacon to Belgium.

About Invest NI (Northern Ireland Naturally)
Invest Northern Ireland, the region’s main economic development agency, has a dedicated Food Division which delivers fully integrated and responsive services to over 300 local food and drink companies including advice on account management, design, product development, packaging, supply chain and productivity.

Practical support schemes range from assistance to export through trade missions and exhibitions and ‘meet the buyer’ events with key buyers in both food retailing and food services to business development programmes including help to companies in achieving essential quality accreditations demanded by major retailers.

Among the most successful initiatives is the Food Sector Marketing Advisers scheme that is helping Northern Ireland companies increase business in GB and international markets.

Four Food Sector Marketing Advisers utilise market knowledge and their network of contacts to assist local companies pinpoint and secure new orders by brokering face-to-face interviews between the companies and food retailers including multiple chains and organisations supplying restaurants, hotels, cafes and canteens. They also
co-ordinate Invest NI’s programme of ‘meet the buyer’ events. These events have brought key buyers from Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, other parts of Europe, the US and India to Northern Ireland for one-to-one meetings with local food companies. – Invest NI’s dedicated food and drink web site features over 200 Northern Ireland food and drink companies across a range of sectors including Baked Goods, Confectionery, Dairy, Dried Goods, Drink, Fish, Food Service Providers, Fresh Produce, Meat and Non Food.

Invest NI’s Food and Drink Sector Tendering Programme and alert service has been designed to encourage and assist local food and drink companies to compete more effectively for substantial public sector contracts in the RoI. As well as business in the Republic and Great Britain, the marketing initiative is now yielding orders from the US.


Invest NI’s Food Sector Marketing Advisers for the UK and Republic of Ireland markets include: Robin Barnett T: 078 1717 3513,;
Michelle Charrington T: 078 1717 3514,;

Karl Devlin (Scotland / North England) Mob: 07767 393316,;

Shane McArdle in the Republic of Ireland, Mob: 07817 173516,

Rich Sauces
Rich Sauces is recognised as Ireland's leading producer of mayonnaise, sauces, dressings and bouillon for customers in foodservice/catering, sandwich and salad manufacturing, industrial catering, ready meals production, restaurants and retailing.

The company currently produces over 100 products in a purpose built 55,000sq ft factory in Newtownards in County Down and has an extensive portfolio of customers throughout the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, other parts of Europe and America.

En Place Foods UK Ltd
En Place Foods UK Ltd designs, develops and markets innovative, freshly prepared foods for the catering industry & speciality retail markets. The company’s range of foodservice products provide the professional chef working in a restaurant, hotel or catering environment with the building blocks & meal accompaniment’s for creative menu development, while the Moyallon retail brand offers restaurant flavours to complement and enhance the home dining experience.

En Place’s foodservice range includes: fresh, infused and flavoured oils; pesto, tapenades, reductions, essence’s, chutney, relishes, savoury marmalades & dressings. Molecular gastronomy ingredients, aromatiser sprays & natural flavours for chefs.
The Retail range includes: chutney & relish meal accompaniments from the Moyallon brand & En Place ingredients for professionals range made available in retail pack formats for the home cook.





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