Posted on Wednesday 10 September 2014 by Ulster Business

Costa goes greek with clandeboye yoghurt

Celebrating with Cookie, one of the cows from Clandeboye's award-winning dairy herd, are Lady Dufferin, Clandeboye Estate and Costa Coffee Ireland, Product Manager, Deirdre Sloan.

Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt has signed a deal worth £100,000 a year with high street coffee company Costa.

The Bangor dairy company, based on the estate on the outskirts of the town, will supply its Greek-style yoghurt to Costa’s 87 outlets in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Costa Coffee Ireland Product Manager Deirdre Sloan said Clandeboye’s yoghurt came out top in an internal taste test.

“At Costa, we are continuously on the look-out for locally-sourced produce to enhance our quality food offering.  We tasted and tested lots of Greek style yoghurts and Clandeboye Estate was a clear favourite with the team.”

The Clandeboye Estate yoghurt range claims to be the only commercially-made yoghurt in Northern Ireland and is the brainchild of the estate’s owner Lady Dufferin, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava.

The milk to make the yoghurt is sourced from the Lady Dufferin’s “boutique” herd of 90 Holstin and Jersey cows.

 “We are delighted that Costa Coffee has chosen Clandeboye Estate to supply their Greek style yoghurt,” Lady Dufferin said.

The Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt range was launched in 2007 and currently turns over £600,000 a year, selling over 2.5m pots since then.

As well as Costa, customers include Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Henderson and Musgraves.

Local artisan yoghurt producer, Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt, has signed a deal to supply Costa Coffee stores across Ireland with Greek Style Yoghurt.  Celebrating the news with Cookie, one of the cows from Clandeboye's award-winning dairy herd, are Lady Dufferin, Clandeboye Estate and Costa Coffee Ireland, Product Manager, Deirdre Sloan.

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