Posted on Wednesday 15 April 2015 by Ulster Business

Spar goes local with 25m shopping basket

Paddy Doody, Sales & Marketing Director and Neal Kelly, Fresh Foods Director at the Henderson Group are joined by Paula McIntyre at the launch of SPAR's new range

SPAR has tied up contracts worth £25m with a range of Northern Ireland fresh food suppliers.

The retailer and its sister company EUROSPAR, which is owned by Henderson Wholesale, will buy 126 fresh and chilled products including dairy, baked goods, fruit, vegetables, meat and convenience foods from 22 suppliers.

They include Dungannon firm Dunbia, which sources beef from Northern Ireland farms, Rockvale Poultry, based in Richhill, and pork processor Fred C Robinson in Ballyclare, while Clandeboye Estate Yogurt and Genesis Bakery are among six companies supplying to Henderson Wholesale’s own brand for the first time, representing contracts worth a combined £3.5m.

The products will go into the company’s 400 stores across Northern Ireland.

Paddy Doody, Sales and Marketing Director at Henderson Wholesale, said local sourcing is a key focus for the Henderson Group.

“Henderson Wholesale has invested a significant amount to date in the launch of the new own brand enjoy local range, and in 2015 we will invest £3.7m in the implementation of our marketing strategy.

 “This underlines everything we are about - a local business working with local suppliers to provide for our local stores and shoppers. Consumers will see a real change in our own brand products and we’re delighted to work with some of Northern Ireland’s finest local farmers and producers during this exciting time.”

Neal Kelly, Fresh Foods Director at Henderson Wholesale, said 75% of the company’s fresh products are produced and sourced locally.

“Henderson Wholesale’s Fresh Team will continue to source the very best from farmers, growers and suppliers here to further develop the range, ensuring we provide the best for our retailers to offer our shoppers.”

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