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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.

Alcoholic Beverages & Beer
Armagh Cider Company: The Troughton family in County Armagh have been growing apples for four generations. The company’s cider range includes: 'Carsons Crisp' Armagh Cider and 'Maddens Mellow' Armagh Cider both available in 500ml glass bottles in cases of 12. 'Mollys Mulled Cider': available in 750ml glass in cases of 12 and can also be supplied in Bulk containers for catering.

Hilden Brewery, Ireland’s oldest independent brewery, is a family run microbrewery established in 1981 by Seamus and Ann Scullion and located in Lisburn in County Antrim. The brewery is managed by Seamus and Ann’s son Owen who is a qualified and full time brewer. The brewery produces five ales covering the full spectrum of tastes including Headless Dog Ale, Molly’s Chocolate Stout and Belfast Blonde Lager.

Strangford Lough Brewing Co Ltd
Strangford Lough Brewing Company (SLBC) produces a range of fine real ales all named after historical characters associated with Northern Ireland. St. Patrick has 3 beers named after him, St. Patrick's Ale, St. Patrick's Gold and St. Patrick's Best. Magnus Barelegs, a Viking king, is buried on Downpatrick marshes and has two beers named after him, Barelegs Brew and Legbiter, the name of his sword. Products are sold in Ireland, Norway, the US and increasingly in Great Britain.

Established in 1996 the Whitewater Brewing Company supplies bottled beers to Sainsbury’s, ASDA, the Co-op, Musgrave, Tesco & independents. Beers are available throughout Northern Ireland on draught and the company invested in a state-of-the-art bottling facility in 2006. Currently four products are available in 500ml bottles –: Belfast Ale 4.5% ABV; Clotworthy Dobbin 5.0% ABV, Belfast Lager 4.5% ABV and Belfast Black 4.5% ABV.

Bacon, Ham & Pork; Beef & Veal; Lamb (Red Meat & Poultry Sector)

Currently one of the largest beef companies in Europe and from its production sites in Newry and Lurgan, ABP supplies the UK’s thriving retail market delivering frozen and fresh beef and lamb products to retail multiples and wholesalers in the form of primal cuts or consumer ready packs. ABP’s comprehensive range includes: mince, diced, sliced, steaks, roasts and joints.

ABP’s Foodservice Division delivers high quality beef and lamb products tailored to customer requirements in the catering sector across Europe.

C&J Meats
Established in 2001, C&J Meats based at Kilmore in County Armagh produce retail ready joints, diced products and quality vacuum packed beef primals from its EC approved red meat processing facility. All carcasses are hand selected from top U/R Grade steers and heifers, with a Fat Class 3/4 , and within the weight range 300kgs to 420kgs. Customers include retailers, wholesalers, caterers and manufacturers within the UK and mainland Europe.

Crossgar Foodservice / Crossgar Poultry
As one of Ireland's foremost foodservice companies Crossgar Foodservice supplies an extensive range of poultry, meat, chilled, frozen, grocery and non-food products to some of the leading government bodies, contract caterers, hotel groups and restaurants in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

A state-of-the-art, purpose built, meat factory in Downpatrick and a new distribution centre in Seaforde, ensures that Crossgar Foodservice can provide a genuine one-stop-shop for its customers. The Provenance Collection currently includes two Great Taste Award winners - Dexter Beef and Lissara Farm Free Range Duck.

Doherty & Gray Ltd
Established in 1954, Ballymena based Doherty & Gray operates from a modern EC approved plant and specialises in the supply of chilled beef & lamb and branded and “own label” sausages and burgers to supermarkets, catering companies and the independent retail butcher.

The company exports its range to the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe. A range of exceptional quality products are marketed under the brand names of “Hulls”, “Prima Valley” and “Saints & Scholars” mainly to stores in Great Britain and the Irish Republic and boxed beef under the Doherty and Gray “Gold Star” brands.

Dunbia operates across ten sites in the UK and Ireland and from sales offices throughout Europe. Dunbia serves every market sector including the UK’s largest multiple retailers and food manufactures, and exports a wide range of Beef, Lamb & Pork products to a vast customer base in over fifteen countries.

Elliott’s Tradition Ltd
Founded in 1990 Elliott’s Tradition Ltd manufacture burgers and sausages and distribute many other products including an extensive portfolio of poultry products from fresh, frozen, cooked and value added. Brand names include Elliott’s Burgers, Elliott’s Sausages, Elliott’s Goujons, Elliott’s Breaded Fillets etc.

Europa Foods Distribution Ltd
Established in 1996, Europa Foods offer a wide range of products including fresh pork sausages, chicken, beef, fish and turkey in both vacuum and controlled atmosphere packaging to the both catering and retail sectors. Europa Foods are Northern Ireland agent’s for the famous Clonakilty Black and White pudding. Europa Foods also exports bacon to Turkey and the West Indies.

Eurostock Foods NI Ltd
Eurostock Food Group Ltd is a leading supplier of frozen meat products to the retail, wholesale and foodservice sectors. The company was founded in 1985 and comprises of two manufacturing sites – Eurostock Foods Newry in Northern Ireland, and Eurostock Foods Hindley in Lancashire, England. Eurostock supplies many leading UK multiples and foodservice clients.

Founded and owned by Denis Lynn, Finnebrogue supplies the finest quality home-reared venison products for retail and high end restaurants across the UK, Ireland and Europe. The company also supplies top quality pork products, including a range of Rankin Selection Sausages to Waitrose & Tesco NI.

The company also supplies all the premium own-label sausages to Marks & Spencer in UK and Ireland. Recent innovation has seen Finnebrogue launch of a number new stuffing products into Marks & Spencer stores.

Finnebrogue also manufacture Jimmy’s Classic Free Range Pork Sausage in a collaboration with Jimmy Doherty, Jimmy’s Free Range Pork Sausages are available in Tesco stores throughout the UK & NI. In addition, Finnebrogue can supply catering or bulk packed 3rd party sausages.

Finnebrogue’s ethical family food brand The Good Little Company supplies Good Little Sausages and Great Big Sausages to Waitrose, Tesco NI and selected Spar stores in NI.

Flynn’s Fine Foods
Fermanagh-based Flynn’s Fine Foods has been supplying both the retail and catering sectors throughout Ireland for over 30 years and currently supplies a range of premium retail packs of sliced cooked meats; retail packs of sliced bacon and breakfast products; retail packs of fresh meats and a range of retail frozen foods products to the main retailers and symbol groups throughout, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Flynn’s range can also be found in ASDA stores in the UK and also as far afield as Dubai.

Foyle Food Group is one of the largest beef processing companies in Ireland and supplies a range of vacuum packed beef primal cuts and vls; a full range of Aberdeen Angus and Certified Hereford products; carcase beef; beef offals & a full range of 5th quarter products. Comprising Foyle Meats, Omagh Meats, Donegal Meat Processors, Foyle Proteins and Hilton Meats Cookstown, the Group has developed a solid reputation for the production of high quality fresh beef products. The company supplies Tesco in the UK and Ireland, Coop in Scandinavia, Albert Heijn in the Netherlands and ICA Supermarkets in Sweden.

Freeza Meats
Freeza Meats specializes in the manufacture of frozen burgers for a large number of major food distributors & retailers throughout the UK. Freeza Meats predominantly use forequarter flank and steak cuts to give the best taste and texture. More lean cuts are used in Freeza Meats’ Aberdeen Angus, restaurant quality and low fat products.
The extensive range includes over 30 beef, pork and lamb recipes. Freeza Meats has invested £3m over recent years in its modern EU approved factory.

Hewitt Meats
Established over 30 years ago, Hewitt Meats is a privately owned company based in County Armagh and produces a range of beef products including quality primal cuts; P.A.D Meat, diced/sliced beef; minced beef and a full range of retail packed meats (gas flushed). Clients include major and independent supermarkets both in the UK and Europe, top quality catering butchers, manufacturers and Q Guild retail butchers.

Hilton Meats
Established in 1985, Hilton Meat Products Ltd is the UK’s only dedicated offal factory. Operating from a modern EC- approved plant in County Antrim, the company produces liver, hearts and kidneys from beef, pork and lamb to strict hygiene and quality standards. Fresh offal’s are purchased daily from EC-approved plants, ensuring top quality and continuity of supply.

Hilton Meat Products supplies the major UK supermarket multiples including: Tesco GB, Tesco Ireland, Asda, Sainsburys, Somerfield, Co-Op and Dunnes Stores.

Kettyle Irish Foods
Kettyle Irish Foods supply mature aged beef and lamb cuts, Fermanagh Chicken, Banquet Royale Rose Veal, Silverhill Duck and Fermanagh Bacon to foodservice customers throughout Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the UK.

Kettyle Irish Foods Banquet Royale Rose Veal Stock is a traditionally-made veal stock in 5kg pouches and is available fresh or frozen.

Linden Foods
Linden Foods has developed into a market leader within the Northern Ireland fresh meat processing industry, sourcing and processing top quality beef and lamb. Part of the Linden Food Group it currently services a wide range of retail multiples, convenience food manufacturers, the catering and foodservice sectors, and the wider meat packing industry in UK and Europe.

Linden Foods portfolio of products ranges from full primals and retail packs to individual fixed weight portions of steak cuts. From Aberdeen Angus and Extra Matured Beef to Gourmet Style Burgers and Banquet Royale Rose Veal.

McWhinney’s Sausages
McWhinney‘s manufacture traditional Irish pork sausages for foodservice and retail markets. McWhinney's Premium range has 70% quality meat content and is the highest meat content of any sausage manufactured for the Fish & Chip Shop market. The company’s new Vintage Sausage is packed with 80% pure pork meat and is ideal for the higher-end food sector. All of McWhinney's sausages will cook from frozen in deep fry and will not burst or bend during cooking, or shrivel in the holding cabinet.

In the past decade McWhinney’s has expanded into mainland Europe, North America and the UK, where it now has established a network of 45 distributors.

Part of the Marfrig Group, Moy Park offers a range of primary, further processed and ready to cook chicken products to retail and foodservice customers across Europe.

VION Food Group Cookstown
The Cookstown business was founded in 1937 and became part of VION Food Group in late 2008. The “Cookstown Sizzle” has been the brands best known strap line since 1968. The company's current VIP - (Very Important Pork) multi media campaign has increased market share across all categories. Cookstown is available in all good retailers throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Recently Cookstown has brought focus to the Foodservice and Manufacturing sectors by establishing a Foodservice Sales Team to service the Island of Ireland.

Western Brand Poultry Products NI Ltd
Located in Lisnaskea in County Fermanagh, Western Brand Poultry Products NI Ltd
already has an established and growing customer base for branded and own-label products amongst the UK’s mid-sized independent and symbol supermarkets, such as Nisa, Booth’s, SPAR and Netto.

Western Brand also supplies a six-strong range of frozen chicken products made from either whole breast fillets, whole breast muscle or minced breast meat, delivering a moist and tender taste and texture.

Breads & Morning Goods, Cakes & Biscuits

Allied Bakeries Ireland (ABI) wide product portfolio encompasses rolls, pancakes, bread, soda farls, potato farls, muffins and wheaten bread. ABI exports these products to a wide variety of locations in both Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland market places. Allied Bakeries Ireland has thrived, in recent years, thanks to solid partnerships with key retail outlets and key brands such as Kingsmill, Sunblest, Allinson, and Burgen.

Ditty’s Castledawson Ltd
Robert Ditty is a second generation artisan baker who is committed to using local ingredients and local artisan producers such as traditional smoke houses, organic dairies and local farmers to offer a broad range of specialty biscuits, pastries, breads and savoury foods.

Ditty's have a thriving wholesale business that operates on a local, national and international level, supplying numerous leading retailers - including Waitrose, Fortnum and Mason, Paxton & Whitfield in the UK and hamper companies. The company also exports to mainland Europe and New Zealand.

Evron Foods is an independent privately owned company focused on the manufacture and marketing of quality frozen and chilled bakery products for the retail, foodservice, wholesale and food-processing / sandwich-manufacturing market sectors.

Evron was the first to introduce the ever-popular garlic bread to Northern Ireland back in 1984 and since then Evron has developed an impressive range of successful products for different segments of the marketplace including frozen dough pieces, garlic breads, ciabattas, artisan breads and part baked French breads, “tear and share” breads, flatbreads, plus a range of delicious Italian style breads. As well as producing a wide range of private label brands, it can offer its own EASIBAKE brand.

Established in 1912, Irwin’s Bakery, Northern Ireland’s largest independent bakery makes a wide range of products including batch breads, soda breads, rolls, muffins, cakes and biscuits. Irwin’s breads currently account for around 85% of all Irish breads sold in Great Britain, spearheaded by the multi-award winning Rankin Selection Irish breads range, which it makes in conjunction with celebrity Irish chef, Paul Rankin. ‘Nutty Krust’ is Irwin’s most successful product to date – its distinct flavor and texture are the result of a 40 year old recipe using traditional baking and fermentation methods.

In 2006, Irwin’s acquired traditional-style cake and tray-bake specialist, ‘Howell House’ to introduce a specialist home bakery category. Irwin’s invested significantly in the division in order to enhance its artisan capabilities and identity, including a strategic rebrand to ‘Howell’s Handmade’.

Established formed in 1968 McErlain’s Bakery Ltd in Magherafelt is a regional family run, independent craft bakery owned and managed by 6 brothers, who all have a passion for baking. In 1999, McErlain’s re-branded to become Genesis and have since created the Genesis Crafty range of breads focused around health and indulgence. It is now Northern Ireland’s leading niche bakery, priding itself on quality handcrafted bakery products with a contemporary image and authentic artisan nature.

Designed to complement Marks & Spencers’ hugely successful Irish breads and morning goods, the new Irish Bakery products created for the retailer by Genesis includes: four-packs of Iced Tops (iced Madeira buns), Jammy Rounds (Madeira buns dipped in raspberry syrup and coated in coconut) and Jam Bakes (pastry cases filled with jam and topped with Madeira sponge). Genesis is also supplying Apple and Rhubarb pies, part baked and frozen, for bake-off in M&S’s in-store bakeries.

Genesis also supply Sainsbury’s UK with four of its own lines, including Genesis Crafty Big Pancakes and Genesis Crafty Double Butter & Sultana Scones. The same two lines are also stocked by Waitrose, as well as Genesis Crafty Lemon & Raisin Pancakes and Genesis Crafty Double Butter & Cheese Scones.

RHM Bakeries Ireland
RHM Bakeries Ireland is a leading supplier of bread and morning goods products from its Belfast Bakery. The company’s baking heritage stretches back over 130 years with the famous Ormo brand, which holds brand leadership in the pancake, potato bread, soda bread and wheaten bread sectors of the morning goods category.

The nationally famous Hovis & Mother’s Pride brands also play a core role within the portfolio for supply to the local Irish market. RHM Bakeries Ireland also has listings in the Republic of Ireland and GB marketplaces.

RJF Jennings
RJF Jennings has been manufacturing Butterfly Buns, Tray Bakes and Apple Tarts for 20 years. The company has a reliable local van sales distribution to Spar and Mace stores across Northern Ireland and is the exclusive supplier of butterfly buns to Morrison’s. Plans are currently underway to expand their customer base to other main supermarket chains within the UK and RoI.

Scotts Bakery Ltd
Established in 1968 Scott’s Bakery Ltd specialises in Fairy Cakes and Mini Muffins and supplies major multiples including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and convenient stores such as Spar, Mace, Costcutters and Supervalu with own and private label products. The company operates from a 40,000 sq ft modern, customized bakery facility in Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.

Steve’s Cakes Ltd
Steve’s Cakes Ltd, established in July 2002 operates from a state-of-the-art purpose built 20,000 square ft manufacturing and distribution facility. The company specialises in the production of some of the nations favourite tray bakes including Caramel Squares, Tiffin Squares, Paradise Squares, Cornflake Squares, Fruity Squares, Crispie Squares, Fifteens, Shortbread and Flakemeal Biscuits.

The Antrim based company supply multiple and independent retail outlets throughout Ireland and the UK.

The Sunstart Bakery in Ballymena, Cunty Antrim, currently manufactures own label wheat and gluten-free cakes and biscuit brands for all major supermarkets across Great Britain, Ireland and Continental Europe, including Morrison’s, Tesco and Asda.

Three year’s ago the bakery secured its first sales in North America for its Sunstart-branded ‘Golden Crunch Cookies’. Clients include Shoppers Drug Mart and Sobey’s supermarket chain. Sunstart is now Northern Ireland’s biggest exporter of bakery products to North America and one of the biggest in Europe in terms of wheat and gluten-free biscuits and cookies.

Breakfast Cereals & Grains
Kestrel Foods
Kestrel Foods is one of Ireland’s leading snacking companies offering a premium range of dried fruit, nuts and seeds under the Forest Feast brand. A.M. Essential contains top quality Forest Feast dried fruit or nuts with specially formulated granola in two delicious variants; A.M. Essential Roasted Nuts and A.M. Essential Red Berries.

As one of Ireland’s oldest brands, White’s has been milling oats in Tandragee in County Armagh since 1841. White’s produce a wide range of hot and cold oat-based breakfast cereals, from traditional porridge oats to ready-to-eat crunchy oat clusters with fruit. White’s Real Fruit Porridge breakfast cereal in innovative Quattro bags is available in cranberry, apple and cinnamon, and sultana, raisin and apricot. White’s has also expanded its range of Organic Oats, with Jumbo Oats being joined by Quick Cook Oat Flakes, Pinhead Oatmeal and Oat Bran.

White’s supply all sectors of the food market including multiples, symbol groups & independents and also supplies their products to an increasing number of export customers including Spain, Malaysia Singapore, Indonesia. Jordan and Dubai.

Butter and Spreads
Ballyrashane Co-op
Ballyrashane Co-op was founded in 1896 and is Ireland’s oldest registered Farmers
Co-operative Creamery still in operation. In addition to a range of own branded products, (dairy products including milk, cream, butter, buttermilk & Regato cheese), Ballyrashane Co-Op provides leading retailers with a range of retailer branded products e.g. Spar, Vivo, M&S. Butter & Cheese are also exported on a world-wide basis.

Dale Farm is one of the UK’s leading dairy processors and part of the United Dairy Farmers Group, a leading UK dairy co-operative owned by 1900 member farmers who supply it with over 1 billion litres of milk per year. Dale Farm produces a wide portfolio of consumer products and food ingredients which are made across 5 manufacturing centres in the UK. The Company, who has won numerous awards for its products and sales, exports world wide to over 42 countries.

Within the UK & Ireland, Dale Farm supplies a wide range of dairy products into the retail and foodservice sectors under its own brands – Dale Farm and Dromona. The company also provides a broad range of retailer own brand products.

Ballyrashane Co-op
Ballyrashane Co-op was founded in 1896 & is Ireland’s oldest registered Farmers
Co-operative Creamery still in operation. In addition to a range of own branded products, (dairy products including milk, cream, butter, buttermilk & Regato cheese), Ballyrashane Co-Op provides leading retailers with a range of retailer branded products e.g. Spar, Vivo, M&S. Cheese is exported on a world-wide basis.

Dale Farm is one of the UK’s leading dairy processors and part of the United Dairy Farmers Group, a leading UK dairy co-operative owned by 1900 member farmers who supply it with over 1 billion litres of milk per year. Dale Farm produces a wide portfolio of consumer products and food ingredients which are made across 5 manufacturing centres in the UK. The Company, who has won numerous awards for its products and sales, exports world wide to over 42 countries.

Within the UK & Ireland, Dale Farm supplies a wide range of cheese products into the retail and foodservice sectors under its own brands – Dale Farm, Dromona and Rowan Glen . The company also provides a broad range of retailer own brand products.

Fivemiletown Creamery is a small farmer owned cooperative based in the Clogher Valley on the County Tyrone / County Fermanagh border. The Fivemiletown range consists of a number of artisan speciality soft cheeses including Ballybrie, naturally smoked Ballyoak with its velvety texture and rich oaky aroma and Ballyblue, the first blue cheese to be developed in all of Ireland. Cooneen is a soft goats cheese brie and Fivemiletown produce a range of Cheddars too in a number of formats (sliced/grated/block). Boilie Goat’s Cheese filled with Pesto and Black Olive Tapenade were launched in July 21010 at the Nantwich International Cheese Show.

Around 95 per cent of the company’s premium products are now sold outside Northern Ireland and feature on the shelves of many of the world’s biggest food retailers.

Glanbia Cheese Ltd is the No.1 European supplier of pizza cheese solutions with unrivalled patented and proprietary technology. Established in the early 1980’s Glanbia’s customers include full service restaurants, home delivery/takeaway, retail deli-retail and contract catering. Glanbia’s joint venture with Leprino Foods Inc in 2000, has resulted in propriety technology transfer of significant capital investment within the company’s two UK production facilities. This has given Glanbia a unique position in Europe in terms of plant efficiencies, product consistency and new product development opportunities.

Chocolate & Confectionery
Baxter Murray Creative Chocolates
Established 15 years ago, Baxter Murray Creative Chocolates specialises in bespoke moulded chocolate for the corporate/promotional markets and a wide range of truffles.

All the chocolate moulds and the packaging are designed in-house to customer requirements, with over 4,000 moulds currently in-stock. Since March 2010 Baxter Murray has been supplying Dublin Zoo’s shops and souvenir and gifts centre with a bespoke range of hand-crafted Belgian chocolate lollies shaped like various zoo animals and birds.

Belfast based CoCouture, a gourmet chocolatier, was established in March 2008 by trained chef Deirdre McCanny. CoCouture produces handmade chocolates in small batches using only the finest raw ingredients from respected chocolate suppliers in Italy and France. High profile customers include Liberty in London.

In December 2009, Deirdre launched a gourmet chocolate boutique in Belfast and expanded her product portfolio, adding chocolate caramels and bags to the established range of boxed truffles and three lines of bars – rum and raisin, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate and honeycomb. As well as CoCouture products, the boutique stocks chocolate from other gourmet chocolatiers.

Johnsons Coffee
Lisburn-based Johnson’s Coffee is a family business that began roasting coffee in the early 1900s. Johnsons’ two main brands are produced for both the retail grocery and foodservice sectors: Johnsons Coffee - filter coffee in a plethora of blends and Bellagio Espresso in three blend options.

Exports now contribute 25 per cent of the company’s sales and Johnsons Irel coffee brand, a 100 percent Arabica gourmet coffee, is available in the US via Albertson’s LLC. Eight other US retail groups, including Shaws, Stop & Shop and Schnucks, now sell Johnsons coffee in 227gm packs. The company has also recently started exporting to the Al Maya group in Dubai.

Condiments & Table Sauces; Dips & Marinades; Dressings, Fats & Oils
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.

Tayto is one of the most famous of Northern Ireland brands and manufactures a very wide range of potato crisps and snacks in single and multipacks. In addition to the standard crisps and corn snacks, the company produces crinkle-cut and hand-cooked crisps, adult fried snacks, pork scratchings, tortilla chips and a low-fat baked snack. Products are manufactured under the Tayto, Golden Wonder, Real and Mr Porky's brands. Tayto also manufactures crisps and snacks under Private Label for the leading retailers in Great Britain and Ireland.

Mackle Snacks
Established in 2004, Mackle Snacks operates from a purpose built factory equipped with the latest equipment in extrusion, flavouring and packaging to manufacture a range of snack products. Mackle Snacks currently supplies to major retailers and under private label throughout NI, ROI and the UK.

The company produces extruded corn snacks, fried snacks and crisps in a variety of flavours from Salt and Vinegar sticks to cheese puffs, available in a range of formats from single 20g pack to 100g packs and multi packs. The product range also includes a full range of kosher snacks in a large variety of flavours and packaging styles, extruded rice crispes, cocoa crisps and extruded wheat for the further processing in food products.

Ready Egg Products
Located in Lisnaskea in County Fermanagh, Ready Egg Products specializes in the manufacture of high quality pasteurized egg products packaged either in bulk pallecons or bag in box (e.s.l.). The company operates from a state-of-the-art processing plant using hi-tech pasteurization with the facility to customize mixes. The plant currently produces peeled, hard-boiled, liquid eggs and high quality pasteurised egg products for the food service and food manufacturing industries throughout Great Britain and Ireland.

Skea Egg Farms
Skea Egg Farms is a growing family business situated outside Dungannon and supplies Free Range, Barn, Organic, Omega 3 and Standard eggs at competitive national scale levels.

Fish / Seafood / Shellfish
C&N Chambers
Situated in Northern Ireland’s premier port, Kilkeel, C&N Chambers supplies quality fresh and frozen fish to the UK and throughout Europe. The company is also represented in the other major fishing ports throughout Ireland.
Product Range includes: Live - Scallops, Brown Crab, Mussels, Langoustines
Fresh/Chilled - All types white fish, King Scallops, Mussels, Brown Crab,
Crab Claws, Langoustines, Velvet Crab
Frozen - Brown Crab, Crab Claws, Langoustines, Velvet Crab
Smoked - Cod, Haddock
Cooked - Brown Crab, Crab Claws, Langoustines, Velvet Crab

C & O Milligan
From their modern well-equipped factory in Ardglass in County Down, C&O Milligan currently exports large volumes of pelagic and other fish species worldwide.
Product Range includes: Fresh/Chilled: Herring-flaps, deli cut (headed and gutted) and whole/ round Mackerel, (headed and gutted), Flaps single fillets, whole/ round Fresh White Fish, Fresh Spratts.

Cuan Sea Fisheries
Cuan is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of live molluscs and specialises in packing live product including fresh/ chilled oysters, cockles, clams and winkles for the retail sector. Since its establishment in 1974, Cuan has gained vast experience in the production and handling of live molluscan shellfish. It pioneered the production, distribution and marketing of pacific oysters in the UK. All Cuan’s sites are class A and situated in Strangford Lough, a marine nature reserve. As a further safeguard, Cuan offers full independent microbiological testing for each batch, both before and after depuration.

Dundrum Bay Oyster Fishery
Dundrum Bay Oyster Fishery was established in 1984 and cultivates oysters and mussels in Dundrum Bay in County Down. Oysters are grown in cages supported on trestles and mussels are re-laid on the seabed where they are allowed to mature. The shellfish are harvested and processed by trained staff in a modern EC approved purification and dispatch centre. Shellfish can be delivered in a range of pack sizes to suit customer requirements. The complete process is strictly controlled to high standards to ensure the customer receives a first class quality product. The business supplies fresh shellfish to the catering and wholesale trade throughout Ireland and Great Britain.

Euro Shellfish (Park Gate Foods)
Euro Shellfish/ Park Gate Foods was established in 1984 and has historically specialised in manufacturing breaded scampi. The modern factory is located at the harbour in Portavogie in County Down.

Euro Shellfish has recently extended its range of breaded products to include new fish and shellfish species. The new range now encompasses the company’s original and popular Portavogie wholetail and breaded Scampi, Breaded Cape Hake Medallions, Breaded Scottish Salmon Medallions, Breaded Scallops and a new scampi line
Peninsula Isle Scampi.

Kilkeel Kippering Co. Ltd
Kilkeel Kippering Co. Ltd. is a family run business that has been in operation since 1977. Since 1994 the company has been producing Herring and Mackerel which is seasonal from approximately August to April. Mackerel is filleted, frozen and shipped throughout Europe. During and mainly out of season the company produces breaded Scampi which is distributed to the UK mainland.

McElroy Fish Exports
Established in 1982 Mc Elroy Fish Export is an independent family owned business. The company sources all its fish from Lough Neagh, the biggest fresh water lake in the British Isles and one of the largest and most productive waters in Europe, producing sustainable stocks. Mc Elroy Fish Export is in the process of expanding the business to cater for larger volumes of course fish, for example roach and bream, which the company plans to export to Eastern Europe.

Northern Salmon Company
Northern Salmon Company Ltd is the sole producer of “Glenarm” Organic Salmon. The fully integrated operation encompasses a fresh water hatchery and two sea sites at Glenarm in County Antrim on the Irish Sea coastline. The re-emergence of the seafood has been a remarkable triumph for the Northern Salmon Company, which saw salmon in its seawater farms totally wiped out by an unprecedented jellyfish invasion in November 2007.

New investors helped get the small company back on its feet and to restock two seawater farms at Glenarm Bay and Red Bay in the cold but invigorating Irish Sea. The new products will be marketed under the Glenarm Organic Salmon brand – the Northern Salmon Company acquired organic status in 2001 – and certified by the influential Organic Food Federation (OFF).

Rockall Seafoods
Rockall Seafoods, based in the port of Kilkeel in County Down was established in 1980 and specialises in the production of breaded and peeled scampi. Using the latest processing equipment, Rockall Seafoods are able to offer products with various coatings that include battered and ovenable scampi. These are supplied throughout the UK and Europe.

Rooney Fish
Established in 1975, Rooney Fish is a family-owned and managed company based in Kilkeel in County Down. Rooney Fish specialises in the processing, cooking, chilling and freezing of fresh whole langoustines, king scallops and white fish such as cod, whiting, monkfish and haddock.

The company, which has offices in France and Italy, operates from one of the industry’s most modern and EC approved processing plants with extensive freezing storage capacity. It sources its shellfish from local fishing fleet, purchasing about 90 per cent of the local catch.

The company has installed new and fully automated cooking machinery that enables it to offer customers new added-value products. Rooney Fish developed the machinery in association with a team of Canadian engineers with vast experience in the shellfish processing industry. The unique cooking system is the only one of its type in operation throughout the global industry.

S & P Milligan
S & P Milligan are processors and exporters of both herring and mackerel. From their factory in Ardglass in County Down, they export to EC countries and beyond.

Benburb Bramleys Ltd
Benburb Bramleys Ltd is an established family-run Bramley apple processor situated just outside the County Tyrone village of Benburb. Established in 1991, the company specialises in the production of high quality fresh 'preserved' Bramley apple products for the UK and Northern Irish Bakery industries.

The company operates from a new 'state-of-the-art' apple peeling facility, floatation and colour sorting systems, and a fully automated computer controlled production system. The product range now includes: Apple Dice - various particle sizes available; Apple Slices - various dimensions available; Milled Apple - 'Coarse' or 'Fine' textures available and Apple Pulps - from high quality green pulps to 'white' whole apple pulp.

Davison Canners Ltd
Established in 1973, Davison Canners Ltd is one of the most innovative Bramley Apple processing and industrial warehousing companies across the island of Ireland.
Davison’s product range includes: Bramley Apple Slices – available in aseptic pouch bags and additive free, this shelf stable bramley apple product is ideal for bakeries, caterers and food service customers. Total Fruit Pots are available in Apple & Blackberry; Apple & Raspberry; Apple & Cinnamon and Just Apple flavours in a 4 pot variety pack and 2 pot packs for the retail and vending sectors.

Davison's 'Frudles' have been designed especially for kids and for 5-a-day emergencies. Frudles are full of apples and berries, 100% natural, fat free and with no artificial colourings or preservatives and are available in a 4 pot variety pack in the following flavours: Apple & Blackberry; Apple & Raspberry; Apple & Strawberry and Apple & more apple!

MacNeice Fruit Ltd
The MacNeice family has been growing apples in Ardress in County Armagh since 1855 and established their apple cannery in 1969. MacNeice Fruit supply a range of fruit products, from A10 cans for foodservice and wholesale to bulk formats for manufacturing purposes. The company specializes in the growing and processing of Bramley apples. MacNeice Fruit also produce ready-to-use rhubarb, sweet mince and bespoke fruit fillings and focus on new product development, constantly adding new flavours.

The company’s processing facility consists of over 5,000m2 of modern processing and storage space across a 3 Hectare site. Staff’s dedication to consistently producing top class products using state-of-the-art production technology is key to the company's success.

Orchard County Foods
Established in 1990, Orchard County Foods produces natural, convenient and healthy fresh- cut fruit products, ready-to-eat snacks and fruit salad pots under the brand name Simply Fruit. The Simply Fruit range includes convenient Snack Packs, Pots and Trays as well as a range of Frozen Patisserie Products. All are available in a range of weights and fruit combinations.

Orchard County Foods supplies some of the biggest names in the UK and Ireland retail and foodservice sectors with product in single-serve packs, pots, trays and 2.5kg and 5kg bulk containers. Orchard County Foods supplies 100% of Tesco’s Fresh Fruit Snack Packs across the UK and Ireland. The company also supplies own-label fresh fruit snacks to SuperValu stores in the UK and Ireland and Freshways fruit snacks for Kerry Foods, to name but a few of its blue-chip customers across the independent and multiple retail, food service, airline catering and public body sectors.

P McCann and Sons
Established in 1968 P McCann and Sons is a family run business which specializes in the processing and packing of apples, pears, pure apple juice and cider from a state-of-the-art facility in Portadown. The company sources its Dessert & Bramley apples and pears from a number of growers from all over Ireland and the UK. McCanns are listed with all the major supermarkets throughout Ireland and the UK as well as supplying the wholesale and catering/food service markets.

Ice Cream & Yoghurts
Founded in 1954, Mullin’s ice cream range includes dairy ice cream, ice cream cakes and sorbets. The company’s retail range is available throughout Northern Ireland in Sainsburys, Supervalu, Mace, Costcutter and Spar. For the foodservice and catering sector, Mullin’s offers 4.75 litre tubs in four flavours - vanilla, honeycomb, strawberry and chocolate. Mullin’s produces the unique award winning Bally Bleat goat’s milk ice cream. Mullin’s Ice Cream cakes are available in the UK food service market via Castell Howell Foods.

Award winning Clandeboye Yoghurt located on the historic Clandeboye Estate in County Down, uses milk from its own UK award winning Holstein and Jersey herds to produce a range of natural, Greek style and flavoured Yoghurts. Clandeboye Estate’s range of Greek style and Natural yoghurts 150 gm and 450 gm pots are listed with Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda. The speciality range includes yoghurts blended with Strawberry, Raspberry or Toffee & Caramel. West Horsley Dairy of Woking in Surrey distributes the range in GB.

Glastry Farm
The Taylor family have been farming dairy cows and producing milk since 1856 at Glastry Farm in County Down and Will Taylor, a fifth generation dairy farmer produces the richest, creamiest ice-cream, made fresh every day in Glastry Farm's modern processing plant.

500ml (retail) & 5 Litre (foodservice) tubs are available in 7 delicious core flavours including: Berry Berry Blueberry, Strawberry Blonde, Rhubarb and Custard, Yellowman Honeycomb, Chocolate Heaven, the award- winning, Vanilla Bean and Kilbeggan Whiskey. In addition there are 14 flavours of ice cream and sorbets in 5 Litre tubs.

In March 2010, Glastry Farm launched a new Irish Whiskey Ice cream made from the award winning Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey. Glastry supplies SuperValu, Centra and Mace stores as well as many of Northern Ireland’s leading hotel and restaurants.

Glastry Farm Ice Cream is also widely available in the Republic of Ireland from The Greenman in Dunfanaghy to the Donnybrook Fair shops.

Established in 1871, WG Buchanan & Son Ltd (Brand name: Buchanan’s) processes, packs and distributes a variety of dried foods, including cereals and pulses, rice, pasta, dried fruit and other bakery ingredients.

Buchanan's currently has a product range of around 70 different lines. Its customers include the major supermarkets, foodservice suppliers and wholesalers in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and throughout the UK .

Dale Farm is one of the UK’s leading dairy processors and part of the United Dairy Farmers Group, a leading UK dairy co-operative owned by 1900 member farmers who supply it with over 1 billion litres of milk per year. Dale Farm produces a wide portfolio of consumer products and food ingredients which are made across 5 manufacturing centres in the UK. The Company, who has won numerous awards for its products and sales, exports world wide to over 42 countries.

Through its award-winning Dale Farm ingredients division, the company is a major player in the international food ingredients market supplying major food processors in the UK, European and overseas dairy export market.

Finlay’s Food
Founded in 1970 Finlay’s Food produces an extensive range of quality fresh and dry food ingredients in four bespoke production departments, all of which operate to EFSIS Global Standard.

Key lines in the fresh ingredient range include a wide selection of ‘ready to use’ fruit pie fillings, and cheesecake toppings, fruit sauces, sweet mince, trifle jellies and vinegar, while dry ingredients include dehydrated apple and fruit pie fillings, coconut macaroon mix, custard powder, jelly crystals, vermicelli (sugar strands available in both standard and natural colours), bulk jams and spreads and scone mix including blending facilities for bespoke product. The company also manufactures Bulk Jams and Spreads from 12.5kg Buckets to 1000 litre tanks.

The company exports to many countries including: UK, Ireland, Malta, Germany, Africa, Saudi Arabia & Holland where its products are available through a number of other key distributors in the food manufacturing and foodservice sectors.

Established in 1867, Neill’s Flour was the very first flour mill in Europe to obtain ISO 9002 and now stands at the forefront of Northern Ireland’s flour milling industry. This has been achieved through massive investment and development of technology, which has enabled the mill to produce a consistently high quality product range.

Neill’s range of home baking mixes includes; Irish Buttermilk Scone Mix; Irish Wheaten Bread Mix; Irish Soda Bread Mix and Apple & Cinnamon Mix. The range provides consumers with a product which lets them enjoy all the benefits of home baking with none of the mess ‘Simply Add Milk’.

Liqueurs & Spirits
Barbara Hughes and her husband Stuart, based in Dromore in County Down, bought artisan liqueur company Boozeberries in May 2010. Unlike so many competitor berry liqueurs which are made from pureed fruit, syrups or other flavourings, Boozeberries features whole fruit and is available in three flavours: Zesty Blackcurrant, Wild Blueberry and Wild Cranberry.

Production is supplied by a specialist liqueur company in Ireland to unique recipes, using a mellow Irish grain spirit. Each bottle is hand-made - berries are placed in the bottle and topped with spirit. The bottled is then corked, sealed and left to infuse for about four months. During this time the spirit takes on the colour, aroma and intense flavour of the berries in a totally natural way.

Niche Drinks Company Ltd
Since 1983, Niche Drinks have been producing Cream Liqueurs of the highest quality for a number of retail partners in Ireland, UK and Europe. Niche Drinks also work with multinational drinks companies to create world class brands.

The product range includes cream liqueurs made from triple distilled aged Irish Whiskey through to wine based and flavoured creams; Shannon’s Microwaveable Irish Coffee and non cream products such as ready to drink cocktails, schnapps, coconut rum and coffee liqueurs.

Milk & Milk Products
Ballyrashane Co-op
Founded in 1896, Ballyrashane Co-op is Ireland’s oldest registered Farmers
Co-operative Creamery still in operation. In addition to a range of own branded products, (dairy products including milk, cream, butter, buttermilk & Regato cheese), Ballyrashane Co-Op provides leading retailers with a range of retailer branded products e.g. Spar, Vivo, M&S.

Dale Farm is one of the UK’s leading dairy processors and part of the United Dairy Farmers Group, a leading UK dairy co-operative owned by 1900 member farmers who supply it with over 1 billion litres of milk per year. Dale Farm produces a wide portfolio of consumer products and food ingredients which are made across 5 manufacturing centres in the UK. The Company, who has won numerous awards for its products and sales, exports world wide to over 42 countries.

Within the UK & Ireland, Dale Farm supplies a wide range of dairy products into the retail and foodservice sectors under its own brands – Dale Farm, Dromona, Spelga, Rowan Glen, Dale Farm Lakeland, Dale Farm Ice Cream and Loseley. The company also provides a broad range of retailer own brand products.

Pritchitts deliver specialist, value-added products to the global foodservice and bakery markets including a wide range of high quality extended life and long life dairy and dairy related products especially developed for the caterer.

Key brands include Millac, Roselle, Comelle and Viva, products that are essentially dairy based but in many cases have been enhanced to make them more user friendly and cost effective for the busy caterer.

Hughes Mushrooms
Established in 1965, Hughes Mushrooms, one of the UK’s premier and most successful mushroom marketing companies operates from a state-of-the-art premises based in Moy in County Tyrone. The company’s 35 affiliated growers are audited and certified with Assured Produce or Bord Bia.

Hughes Mushrooms “Gathered Goodness” gourmet range of brown & white mushrooms are grown in special selenium-enriched soil and includes: 300g breakfast; 250g chestnut closed cup; 250g portabello and 150g portabellini.

Hughes Mushrooms supply and distribute throughout Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and mainland UK. Customers include major retailers such as: Sainsbury UK, Musgrave NI, SQ Ireland, food service, wholesale and processing companies.

McArdle Mushrooms
McArdle Mushrooms grows organic mushrooms and supplies multiples, local retailers, box schemes and wholesale markets with a full range of organic mushrooms, including: chestnut, portabella, button and closed cup. From its state- of-the-art packhouse, McArdle Mushrooms provides a full cool chain distribution service that meets the requirements of Assured Produce and Soil Association.

Unimush is a leading distributor of a wide selection of whole and sliced mushrooms, including closed cup, button, breakfast flat, chestnut and portobello and supplies retail, wholesale, food service and catering outlets in various pack sizes to suit customer requirements. The company’s state-of-the-art mushroom slicing and bagging operation enables Unimush to supply bagged, sliced mushrooms, using a laser perforated anti-mist film.

Unimush also supplies a range of hand-prepared stuffed flat and cocktail mushrooms under the Mushroom House brand name in a four-pack of large flat and 12-pack of cocktail (closed cup) stuffed mushrooms, as well as a two-pack of flat and six-pack of cocktail, which are targeted at single households.

Nuts & Snacks
Good4U Food & Drink Co Ltd
Cookstown- based Good4U is a family owned and managed health food company operating in a state-of-the-art facility in County Tyrone. Established in 2004, Good4U produces innovative products including sprouted seeds, roasted seeds, healthy snacks, wheatgrass and functional drinks.

Good4U’s customers include Marks & Spencer UK, Sainsburys UK, Choithram UAE, Sainsburys NI, Tesco ROI, Superquinn, MSVC, Dunnes Stores, Pallas Foods and a number of Independent retailers in Ireland.

Kestrel Foods one of Ireland’s leading snacking companies offers a premium range of dried fruit, nuts and seeds products under the Forest Feast brand. The Forest Feast range offers an array of products from the healthy snack to the more indulgent treat.
Forest Feast sales growth has been driven by strong distribution in the United Kingdom and Irish multiple arena and with the independent and symbol groups.

In addition Kestrel Foods has a highly successful own label business serving major multiples across United Kingdom and Ireland.

Linwoods Health Foods
Linwoods Healthy Super Foods are a range of cold milled and blended Flax, Hemp, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame Seeds, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Walnuts and Goji Berries to provide any meal with the nutritious boost of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids needed to support a well balanced diet and active lifestyle. Linwoods healthy super foods are available throughout health, grocery stores and pharmacies throughout Ireland, UK, Spain and Holland.

Mackle Snacks
Established in 2004, Mackle Snacks operates from a purpose built factory equipped with the latest equipment in extrusion, flavouring and packaging to manufacture a range of snack products. Mackle Snacks currently supplies major retailers throughout NI, ROI and the UK.

The company’s range includes extruded corn snacks, fried snacks and crisps in a variety of flavours from Salt and Vinegar sticks to cheese puffs, available in a range of formats from single 20g pack to 100g packs and multi packs. The product range also includes a full range of kosher snacks in a large variety of flavours and packaging styles, extruded rice crispies, cocoa crisps and extruded wheat for the further processing in food products.

Soft Drinks
Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland launched its all-Ireland manufacturing and bottling plant, a £93million state-of-the-art facility at Knockmore Hill in Belfast in 2010. The company is proud to be Ireland’s leading non alcoholic drinks supplier and its extensive portfolio includes popular brands such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Appletiser, Relentless, Deep RiverRock, Fruice and the Schweppes range.

Norbev, Northern Ireland’s leading soft drinks contract packer, has developed into one of the UK’s leading contract bottlers for ‘blue chip’ customers such as Coca-Cola, Britvic, Vimto, GSK,Spring Cool, and major German discounter Aldi.

Established in 1919, the company has experienced continual growth, with the installation of state of the art bottling lines – both PET and Glass lines. The lines are specifically designed with rapid change parts to handle a wide range of bottles and pack sizes. Norbev produces upwards of 100 million bottles of soft drinks and water annually.

P McCann & Sons / Harvest Juices
Established in 1968 by Patsy McCann, P McCann and Sons is a family run business which specializes in the processing and packing of apples, pears, pure apple juice and cider. Operating from a state-of-the-art facility in Portadown, with long term ULO controlled atmosphere computerized storage, McCann’s can guarantee continuity in quality from the start of the season to the end of the season.

To compliment its juice range, McCanns is now blending apple juice with various berry fruit and vegetable extracts to provide customers with more choice. The company sources its dessert & Bramley apples and pears from a number of growers from all over Ireland and the UK. McCanns are listed with all the major supermarkets throughout Ireland and the UK as well as supplying the wholesale and catering/food service markets.

Avondale Foods Ltd
Avondale Foods (Craigavon) Ltd. manufactures fresh soups for distribution throughout the UK and Ireland under supermarket own brand and the Country Kitchen brand and are available in retail or catering formats.

Avondale’s conceptual brand ‘Brand Me’ showcases the company’s capabilities in developing fresh products to suit individual customer’s own label requirements.

Big Pot Co
Established in 2009 the Big Pot Co Ltd produces a wide range of fresh hand-made soups for food service and retail.
Foodservice: The Big Pot Co have a growing range of deliciously satisfying options – ideal for operators that want to rotate their soups on a daily basis. The range is conveniently packed in re-sealable containers (5lt)for foodservice. All soups are gluten free except for vegetable broth which contains barley.

Retail Range: The Big Pot Co’s ‘Home Made Local Soup’ retail range in 500g pots includes: Cream of Chicken, Vegetable Broth, Potato & Leek, Tomato & Basil and Carrot & Coriander and Basil and French Onion. Retailing @ £1.99 per pot, 28 day shelf life. , All soups are gluten free except for vegetable broth which contains barley.

Punjana Ltd is the last remaining significant tea blender based in Northern Ireland. Established in 1896, Punjana is now managed by the 3rd generation of the Thompson family, Ross and David Thompson. Punjana is the market leader by volume in Northern Ireland and has a rapidly growing export business with sales outside of Northern Ireland now constituting in excess of 35% of Punjana’s business.
Punjana has invested heavily in the latest automated production technology alongside the development of contemporary soft foil packaging.

Recent additions to the Punjana range include Punjana Fairtrade, Punjana Decaffeinated and Punjana Irish Breakfast and the brand is represented in all major UK multiples.

Formed in 2005 by Oscar Woolley and Anne Rooney, Suki Tea sources, blends and packages tea from all over the World at its plant in Belfast. The company currently markets to customers worldwide through a distribution network and internet sales.

Suki Tea currently has a range of 40 teas which the company sources from the world’s best plantations including Fairtrade and organic suppliers. Of the 40, a total of 18 are staple teas which are blends people would be familiar with such as Irish Breakfast, Earl Grey or Camomile and some seasonal teas such as Fairtrade Darjeeling. The ever-growing portfolio of Suki Tea clients include Jamie Oliver’s 15 Restaurant in Cornwall, Rick Stein’s Restaurant in Padstow, Gallery Yumeori in Japan, the Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw, Patisserie Valerie in London and Bourbon Cafe in Rwanda, The Barbican Centre in London.

Avondale Foods Ltd
Avondale Foods (Craigavon) Ltd. manufactures ready prepared vegetables, bagged salads, side salads, fresh soups, sauces and croutons for distribution throughout the UK and Ireland. These products are supplied under supermarket own brand and Avondale Foods Country Kitchen brand and are available in retail or catering formats.

Avondale’s conceptual brand ‘Brand Me’ showcases the company’s capabilities in developing fresh products to suit individual customer’s own label requirements.
Avondale’s delicious range of ‘Country Kitchen Deli Selection’ side salads to the company’s portfolio have been developed and packaged in innovative formats to meet consumer tastes and needs. Avondale’s newest addition to the Country Kitchen family is a range of vegetable accompaniments including creamy potato gratin and bistro-style garlic potatoes.

Fresh Food Kitchen (PRM Group)
Fresh Food Kitchen Ireland Limited (FFKIL) creates and distributes a range of premium fresh salads, salad meals, bulk salads, meal accompaniments and chilled desserts to the Northern Ireland and ROI independent retail and catering sector.

The company was taken over by the PRM Group in January 2007. The Fresh Food Kitchen product portfolio consists of more than 80 chilled, ready-to- eat and convenience products marketed to the retail and catering sector. Core products include a range of freshly chilled coleslaws, salads, sandwich fillers, desserts and potato products which can be made to suit any customer requirements.

Mash Direct
Mash Direct, is a unique award winning and family owned farming enterprise formed in 2004, in County Down. It comprises of a state- of- the- art food preparation facility preparing chilled cooked vegetables. Its owners Martin and Tracy Hamilton decided to diversify within their wholesale vegetable farming business after careful analysis of current market trends, changes in eating habits and lifestyle patterns.

Mash Direct now leads the market by producing an innovative range of quality, convenient mashed root vegetable, potato, cabbage and other quality vegetable products with the taste and texture of homemade food. Mash Directs products are chilled and are suitable for microwave or oven reheating.

The company now supplies twenty products to the retail sector throughout Ireland, Scotland, England and America, all of which carry the Food Standards agency’s Traffic Light labelling for consumer assurance of their place within a healthy balanced diet.

Tasty Foods Cuisine Ltd
Tasty Foods (Cuisine) Ltd was established in 1990 by Conor and Kathy Daykin and produces quality and flavour-rich chilled ready meals; chilled catering pack meals; ambient sauces; fresh chilled soups and garlic bread.

The company already supplies both the NI retail and foodservice markets and key customers include Curley’s, Dunnes, Haslett’s, Henderson’s and Nisa. It has an established customer base in the Republic of Ireland.

Tasty Foods operates from a 10,000 sq ft state-of-the-art production facility in Belfast and has a longstanding commitment to new product development. The company’s Tasty branded pies are available in four varieties in 800g family sizes for leading retailers and foodservice organisations.

Willowbrook Foods is Ireland’s leading grower and processor of salads, vegetables and potatoes supplying retail, foodservice and ingredient markets locally, and throughout the UK and Ireland.

The company has been processing vegetables and salads for over 40 years under the Willowbrook Foods brand, as well as leading own brands including Co-operative Food Group, Supervalu, Centra, SPAR, Costco and Aldi. In 2009, the company undertook a rebranding exercise and the Willowbrook Farm brand was created.

The company also produces product for leading foodservice providers and leading brands within foods to go including Burgerking, Dominos, KFC, Pizzahut and Subway, as well as leading sandwich manufacturers and savoury food manufacturers throughout UK and Ireland.

The company has invested over £5 million in the past 2 years in a new state-of- the- art salad processing facility in Newtownards and a new salad/vegetable processing facility at the farm site in Killinchy.

Wilson’s Country
Wilson’s Country was established in the mid 1980’s and is now the leading potato brand in Ireland. The company’s commitment to innovation and marketing has positioned the business as one of the leaders in the industry, supplying many retailers own label in addition to their branded pre-pack potatoes and peeled potatoes. The pre-packed potatoes are produced for the retail and wholesale trade whilst the peeled potatoes are available for the wholesale, food processing and catering industry across Ireland.

Antrim Hills
Antrim Hills specialises in quality branded water products and contract bottling services. Antrim Hills’ USP is the purity of its water source - naturally occurring Artesian Spring which is filtered through blue basalt rock in a fully controlled catchment area. All of Antrim Hills products are bottled at source.

The company recently re-vitalised their branded products through a major branding evolution to communicate unique product features such as purity and quality. Two fresh premium brands have been created including:
Water Within: Still Artesian spring water, naturally flavoured spring waters and juicy spring waters. These products are targeted towards retail and food service outlets locally and for worldwide export.

Drip and Drop: Kids range containing no artificial flavours, preservatives or sweeteners, available as sports cap versions in still artesian spring water, naturally flavoured spring waters and juicy waters.

The Classic Mineral Water Co
Established in 1948 The Classic Mineral Water Company has over 60 years experience in producing the highest quality mineral waters and soft drinks for its customers. A producer of soft drinks and naturally flavoured mineral water from its own source, The Classic Mineral Water Company was one of the first companies in Ireland to achieve Mineral Water Status in 1994.

Currently Classic Mineral Water sells its branded products to most major multiples in Ireland and the UK including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Asda and Musgrave/SuperValu/Centra. The company is also involved in contract packaging. Products are also exported to the US, Middle East Mainland Europe.

Bushmills in County Antrim is home to Ireland’s oldest working distillery and the only distillery in Ireland to make triple-distilled malt whiskey. The brand portfolio includes five award-winning whiskeys: Bushmills, Black Bush, Bushmills 10 year Malt, 16 year Malt and 21 year Malt. In 2008 Bushmills celebrated its 400th anniversary with the release of a limited edition Irish whiskey of exceptional smoothness, Bushmills 1608. Bushmills Irish Whiskey is owned by Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business.

The Feckin Drinks Company
Created by Shane Braniff, Feckin Irish Whiskey and Feckin Spiced Irish Whiskey are two of the most unique Irish Whiskeys ever to hit the market. Feckin Irish Whiskey is smooth on the inside, and packaged with a very distinctive label. A hint of heather and cane sugar join with a wisp of smoke and honey molasses to form a smooth, satisfying taste that’s wicked enough to suit your wayward urges. Feckin Spiced Irish Whiskey – the only Spiced Irish Whiskey available in the market today. The subtle hints of your favourite spices, followed by the sweet overtones of vanilla, enjoyed either on the rocks or with your favourite mixer, make this the real alternative to many of the imported spirits available today. corporate gift offers.

Brand Names to be added to Brand List for searches:
Allinson (Allied Bakeries)
Belfast Blonde Lager (Hilden Brewery)
Burgen (Allied Bakeries)
Chef Class (Linden Foods)
Tasti (Linden Foods)
Banquet Royale Rose Veal (Kettyle Irish Foods)
Black Bush (Bushmills)
Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt
Clonakilty Black pudding.
Clonakilty White pudding.
Comelle (Pritchitts)
Dale Farm
Dale Farm Lakeland
Dale Farm Ice Cream
Fermanagh Bacon (Kettyle Irish Foods)
Fermanagh Free Range Chicken (Kettyle Irish Foods)
Finnebrogue Oisin
Fivemiletown Ballybrie
Fivemiletown Ballyoak
Fivemiletown Ballyblue
Fivemiletown Cooneen
Fivemiletown Cheddar
Fivemiletown Boilie Goat’s Cheese
Flynns Fine Foods
Forest Feast
Grace’s Irish Biscuits
Headless Dog Ale (Hilden Brewery)
Hovis (RHM Bakeries Ireland)
Howell’s Handmade
Hulls (Doherty & Gray)
Kettyle Beef
Kingsmill (Allied Bakeries)
Lough Erne Lamb (Kettyle Irish Foods)
McCann’s Harvest
Meat Craft (Kettyle Irish Foods)
Millac (Pritchitts)
Molly’s Chocolate Stout (Hilden Brewery)
Mooney’s Bakery
Mother’s Pride (RHM Bakeries Ireland)
Mullins Ice Cream
Ormo (RHM Bakeries Ireland)
Prima Valley (Doherty & Gray)
Roselle (Pritchitts)
Rowan Glen
Saints & Scholars (Doherty & Gray)
Steve’s Cakes
Sunblest (Allied Bakeries)
The Good Little Company (Finnebrogue)
Viva (Pritchitts)



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