Hannan Meats secures hotel burger contract

Simon John Owen

MOIRA based Hannan Meats has secured a deal to provide gourmet burgers to the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG).

The butcher will provide the burgers for the Stock Burger Co, the hotel chain's new restaurant and craft beer offering.

The burgers will be made from 100 per cent Glenarm Shorthorn beef sourced from a CoAntrim estate.

IHG is developing a network of Stock Burger restaurants at its Holiday Inn chain.

Hannan Meats is also supplying beef short ribs and rump steak aged in the company's Himalayan salt chamber.

The first Stock Burger Co restaurant and bar opened in January as part of a £3.5 million development of the Holiday Inn in Brighton.

Mr Hannan said it was "a very timely development that harnesses the tremendous potential of the fast growing artisan sector and will offer many of these smaller and quality conscious enterprises a tremendous opportunity to grow sales.

“IHG is recognising the premium quality and innovation that underpins the artisan food sector,” he said.

Simon Burdess, IHG's vice president, food and beverage, Europe said the burger was "truly amazing".

"There are nine classic burgers, including the Craft Beer burger, in which we use the Stock Burger IPA in the sauce," he said.

“There is a ‘build your own' section for guests to add their own toppings and ingredients to their patty, while there is also a ‘no burger, no problem' section.

“That is where we have other things on the menu, tending to be dishes that people in hotels reach out for, like a fish sandwich, steaks, ribs, hotdogs, salads and wraps."

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