Fish firm nets new deal and hooks up with Tesco
A fifth generation family of fishmongers is celebrating after landing a deal with supermarket giant Tesco.
Based in Lisburn, Elmore Fish supplies fresh seafood to both the restaurant and retail sectors throughout Ireland. Having been involved in the fishing industry since 1894, the company uses seafood sourced at the quayside from local ports each morning.
The firm has secured a deal with Tesco to supply a range of fresh oven-ready dishes made from fish landed in Kilkeel and Portavogie harbours.
The Elmore Fish Restaurant Range marks a first for Tesco in Northern Ireland as it is the first time for many years that the supermarket has been able to stock a range of locally-sourced fish.
The Restaurant Range includes Cod Mornay, Thai Pollock, Sticky Salmon and a Gourmet Seafood Mix, smoked in Elmore's own south Belfast-based smoke house.
Brian Elmore, managing director of the company said the range represents a new direction.
"The meals were developed by our own in-house chef in conjunction with the food technologists at CAFRE and they are prepared in our processing factory in Belfast," he said.
Sandra Weir, buying manager for Tesco in Northern Ireland said the range will be available initially in 16 of the larger stores.
"For some time, Tesco in Northern Ireland has been working to secure a steady supply of locally caught, sustainable fish, as this is something which is logistically challenging," she said. "We are delighted to be working with Elmore and supporting the local fishing industry in this way."
The year the Elmore family began involvement in the industry