Belfast Telegraph

Cloughbane Farm Shop expands after Tesco food deal

By Clare Weir

A new listing with a major supermarket has prompted a Co Tyrone food farm to expand. Cloughbane Farm Shop, based outside Pomeroy, has just extended its cook room to enable it to produce more ready-meal dinners for Tesco.

The company will be supplying roast chicken, roast beef, turkey and ham, and roast gammon ready-meal dinners along with lasagne, chicken and broccoli bakes, and cottage pies.

Cloughbane, which won five UK Great Taste Awards, sources meat from within a 50-mile radius of the company's farm, and pork and poultry products are UK or Irish-farmed.

The company, which employs 40 people and has been in business for 11 years, first started to supply Tesco in Northern Ireland in December 2012 and the product count has grown from four to 11.

Managing director Lorna Robinson said that the extension to the cook room will increase the overall size of the main factory building by more than 30%. This extension was built solely for ready-meal dinners."

The deal with Tesco has also prompted a rebrand of Cloughbane's products and the company purchased a cartoning machine as part of the Tesco expansion project.

The rebranding was spearheaded by Lorna's son Richard, who said: "The packaging clearly shows the products are made on the farm with much care."

Sandra Weir from Tesco NI added: "Cloughbane's products are simply superb and our customers love them. The feedback on the new products has been excellent."

Tesco spends nearly £600m on Northern Ireland products each year, has more than 90 local suppliers and stocks more than 1,200 local products.

Belfast Telegraph

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