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Henderson's expanding £23m local food portfolio

Stephen Kennedy, Iain Dickson and Neal Kelly from Henderson Wholesale pictured at last year's launch of the its own-brand range, enjoy local

HENDERSON Wholesale has announced plans to expand its range of fresh food products which it said has delivered £23 million in sales for local firms in the past year.

Four new suppliers have joined its portfolio increasing the number of products available throughout Spar and Europsar stores to 144 from 126.

The new suppliers are Cottage Catering in Dromore, McColgan's, Strabane, Cookstown's Big Pot Co and Connelly Meats from Monaghan.

Meanwhile, existing suppliers such as Daily Bake, Fresh Fields, Irwin's and Western Brand in Lisnaskea have extended their 'enjoy local' lines.

Neal Kelly, fresh foods director at Henderson Wholesale said: "We firmly believe that grocery should not be complicated, therefore we strive to bring a fresh and local range for our retailers that is simple and full of quality.

"For some of our retailers, 60 per cent of trade in their larger Eurospar supermarkets is from fresh food, and in the small convenience-focused Spar stores, half of all trade can be from fresh food. Both retailers and shoppers have come to embrace the enjoy local line as it does what it says on the tin, so to speak; It provides quality, fresh food that supports their local farmers and growers, and today's shopper wants to be part of that.”

The number of enjoy local suppliers now sits at 25, and are sourced from around Ireland.

Henderson's said 75 per cent of its fresh offering is sourced from Ireland.

“To date, we have invested over £250,000 in the enjoy local line, and over £1M in Fresh food as a whole in the past 12 months. We will continue to invest as we aim to introduce more local suppliers to the shelves of our stores, and to further expand our own-label range," added Mr Kelly.

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