Clandeboye wakes up and smells the coffee with new Costa contract
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Northern Ireland's only yoghurt producer has expanded into the cafe society market after securing an order with coffee giant Costa. Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt, launched in 2007, will supply its Greek-style yoghurt to Costa's stores in both Northern Ireland and the Republic in a deal worth an estimated annually.
Costa has a network of 87 stores across Ireland and the Clandeboye Estate Greek yoghurt will be part of a new nutritious tasty breakfast menu featuring mix and match yoghurt pots, crunchy granola and berry compotes.
The Clandeboye Estate yoghurt range is the brainchild of the estate's owner Lady Dufferin, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava.
Lady Dufferin recognised a gap in the market for premium yoghurt made from the milk from her prize-winning pedigree herd of Holstein and Jersey cows.
The yoghurts are made in the traditional way, which guarantees a rich creamy texture.
Milk is prepared and cultured very gently over 24 hours in small batches.
Earlier this year, the Co Down company, which employs five people, extended its range from natural and Greek style yoghurt, to include 10 flavoured yoghurts and four yoghurt smoothies.
Clandeboye Estate's business manager Bryan Boggs said the new contract was a significant one for the company and that it had the potential to boost turnover by 15 to 20%.
"This is an important move for us into a new sector and one that is growing so well," he said.
"Costa is one of the largest coffee shop chains in Ireland and it's good news for us as we are a relatively small artisan producer.
"We don't have a massive marketing budget so this contract with Costa will be a great bonus," he added.
Lady Dufferin added: "We are delighted that Costa Coffee has chosen Clandeboye Estate to supply their Greek-style yoghurt.
"We are particularly excited about supplying Costa's entire network of stores in both the Northern Ireland and the Republic."
Speaking at the launch of the new yoghurts, Costa Coffee Ireland, product manager, Deirdre Sloan said: "At Costa, we are continuously on the look-out for locally sourced produce to enhance our quality food offering.
"We tasted and tested lots of Greek style yoghurts and Clandeboye Estate was a clear favourite.
"It's absolutely delicious eaten on its own or topped with fresh berries, compotes, granola or even a drizzle of honey."
Since launching the range in 2007, the Clandeboye Estate brand has gone from strength to strength, quadrupling turnover in the last five years to over £600,000.
The company has sold over 2.5m pots of yoghurt made from over 1m litres of milk from the estate's boutique herd of 90 cows.
The company currently supplies the big three major multiples in Northern Ireland, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda, the symbol groups through Henderson and Musgraves, the catering and hospitality trade and many independent retailers across Ireland.