Spar suppliers urged to enter annual awards

Pictured at the launch of the Henderson Group’s Local Supplier of the Year awards, from left, Neal Kelly, fresh food director; Patrick Doody, sales and marketing director and Lance Hamilton from Mash Direct, one of last year’s winners

SPAR and Eurospar suppliers are being invited to enter the Henderson Group's Local Supplier of the Year awards with the winning ceremony taking place at the 2016 Balmoral Show.

As owners of the Spar and Eurospar franchises in Northern Ireland, the Henderson Group run the awards to celebrate the exceptional produce, practices and ranges of the companies it works with.

Now in their fourth year, the awards honour a host of different companies operating across the agri-food industry and who have shown a real commitment to delivering excellence.

Entries can be made across five categories including Enjoy Local Supplier of the Year, CSR focused Tomorrow Matters, Best Direct to Store Supplier, Brand Innovation Award and Overall Own Label Supplier of the Year with the winners being announced at a special breakfast taking place at the Balmoral Show.

Neal Kelly, Henderson Group's Fresh Food Director, said: “As platinum sponsors, we recognise the Balmoral Show as being the pinnacle event in the calendar of the Agri-food industry so holding our Local Supplier Awards during the Show is a natural fit.

“These awards are the ideal platform to pledge our support for local suppliers and farmers and thank them for working hard to bring our customers the very best traceable and fresh produce we can offer. Having a key presence at the Balmoral Show has always been a wonderful opportunity for us to strengthen our links with the wider Agri-food industry and I am confident that in the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink, the 2016 show will be bigger and better than ever.”

Sales and marketing director Paddy Doody added: “This is our sixth year as a platinum sponsors of the Balmoral Show and we are delighted to have furthered our involvement and be back on board to celebrate the 2016 Year of Food and Drink at The Show."

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