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Established in 2012, the Local Supplier Awards celebrate the outstanding products, practises and ranges offered to SPAR and EUROSPAR stores in Northern Ireland and enables The Henderson Group to recognise the companies which supply to its extensive fresh and ambient ranges.
This year, companies were invited to submit entries across five categories which included Own Brand Supplier of Year, open to companies who supply goods for Henderson Wholesale’s popular range of own brand products; Best Direct to Store Supplier; Brand Innovation Award; the CSR focused Tomorrow Matters Award and the Overall Local Supplier of the Year.
Now in its fifth year, the competition received a record level of over 40 entries from both small, emerging supply companies right through to hugely successful, internationally renowned food producers, showing the high standard and calibre of our local agri–food industry.
The winners of the prestigious awards will be announced at a special breakfast ceremony at the Balmoral Show next Friday.
Henderson Group fresh food director Neal Kelly, commenting on the awards, says: “The Balmoral Show is a great opportunity to showcase the incredible work of our local suppliers who work hard throughout the year to deliver such exceptional products for our customers.”
Best Own Brand Supplier – LacPatrick Dairies, Coleraine, county Derry, K&G McAtamney, Ballymena, county Antrim, Quinfresh, Dungannon, county Tyrone, and Daily Bake, Armagh, county Armagh
Tomorrow Matters Award – Irwin’s Bakery, Portadown, county Armagh, Moy Park, Craigavon, county Armagh, Genesis Crafty, Magherafelt, county Derry
Best Direct to Store – Irwin’s Bakery, Craigavon, county Armagh, Genesis Crafty, Around Noon, Newry, county Down
Brand Innovation – Hovis, Belfast, Irwin’s Bakery, Craigavon, county Armagh, K&G McAtamney, Ballymena, county Antrim
Local Supplier of the Year – Fred C Robinson, Ballymena, county Antrim, Genesis Crafty, Magherafelt, county Derry, Milgro, Coleraine, county Derry, Around Noon, Newry, county Down, Patton’s Bakery, Newtownards, county Down and K7G McAtamney, Ballymena, county Antrim.
Pictured are the Genesis Crafty team at the Balmoral Show 2016.
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