Ireland’s Dunnes Stores lists Armagh’s Mac Ivors Cider
Mac Ivor’s Cider in Armagh has been listed by Dunnes Stores in the Republic of Ireland for its range of award-winning ciders.
Based near Portadown on family-owned orchards, Mac Ivors is now supplying its varieties: Traditional Dry Cider, Plum & Ginger Cider and Alcohol Free Cider to Ireland’s leading retail chain of over 100 stores as a result of an agreement with Dundalk-based Noreast, the Armagh company’s exclusive distributor in the Republic.
Greg Mac Neice, founder and managing director of Mac Ivors Cider in 2011, says: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Dunnes Stores on the development of sales of our ciders across the island of Ireland. This is a marvellous boost for our business with such an important nationwide retailer.
“We were given the opportunity to present our full cider range to the Dunnes buying team in person over a year ago and they were extremely well received. The fact that all core lines had been awarded Gold medals from the International Brewing and Cider Awards gave Dunnes further confidence in the quality, outstanding taste and consistency of our ciders. However, the discussions had to be paused due to Covid pandemic,” he adds.
The discussions resumed earlier in the year and agreement reached to give shoppers a broad choice of the company’s extensive range of ciders from Ireland’s Orchard Country which went on sale in May, priced at €3/500ml bottle.
“From our delicious Traditional Dry Cider with its incredible depth and long lasting flavour through to our unique rosé coloured Plum & Ginger cider to our new Alcohol Free Cider for those who want all the taste of real cider without the alcohol, we believe that there is something for everyone in our product range. These Irish craft ciders are made entirely from the juice of fresh apples – four whole apples in every bottle,” adds Greg.
The company also supplies ciders to SuperValu/Centra and Tesco for stores in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Mac Ivors Ciders have also won UK Great Taste Awards and Blas na hEireann Awards for excellence.