Posted on Thursday 18 August 2016 by Ulster Business

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From left: Richard Robinson, Director of Cloughbane Farm Foods with Graham Agnew, Store Manager of Tesco NI store in Dungannon.

A County Tyrone meat producer has signed a £450,000 contract with Tesco which will create five new jobs.

The deal for Cloughblane Farm Foods, which makes ready-to-eat meals, represents a 60% hike in trade with the supermarket and will see it introduce 11 new lines.

It currently employs 47 people and sources meat from the within 50 miles of the company’s farm base in Pomeroy.

Sandra Weir, fresh food buyer at Tesco Northern Ireland, said the firm is answering changing consumer demands.

“This new range from Cloughbane Farm Foods is in response to growing food trends and demand for traditional, homemade meals, that are quick and convenient to prepare,” she said. “Cloughbane took advantage of this gap in the market and the feedback on the new products has been excellent.”

The 11 new meals include Lasagne, Beef Stroganoff, Bangers and Mash and Steak, Onion and Mushroom Pie.

Husband and wife duo Lorna and Sam Robinson, along with their two sons Richard and Robert, have been supplying Tesco NI since 2012.

Lorna Robinson said Cloughblane Farm Foods have focused on convenience.

“We know it can often be difficult for families to find the time to cook traditional and healthy meals, yet the desire for homemade meals still remains,” she said. “We wanted to cater for those busy, working families with our convenient new Ready Meal range.

“Our relationship with Tesco Northern Ireland provides us with a great platform to showcase our produce. It has given us the opportunity to expand our product lines and given us the confidence to invest a further £600k in our business, through expanding our premises and investing in new equipment, and allowing us to employ an additional five staff members so we can cater for more families across Northern Ireland.”

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