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Goods produced in north showcased by Tesco

LEADING figures from the world of Northern Ireland food and drink featured at this year's Tesco Taste NI Festival at Custom House Square in Belfast at the weekend.

Now in its sixth year the event showcased produce to around 20,000 people at 60 exhibitor stands.

Tesco, which invests £580 million annually on food and drink in the north, uses the festival to show off some of the produce available in its stores. Speaking at the opening of the event, First Minister Peter Robinson said it "provides a unique shop window for local producers to showcase their produce and allow direct contact between producers, suppliers and consumers". "I commend Tesco for its strong tradition of supporting Northern Ireland's processors and producers, giving customers the choice to buy local.

Tesco's retail director for convenience stores Gary Mills from Belfast said the company was a "force for good" in the north. "Last year we switched to 100 per cent local sourcing on Tesco fresh pork, chicken and beef. "100 per cent of Tesco milk and eggs sold locally are sourced locally. Through our suppliers this benefits thousands of farming families across Northern Ireland.

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