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Henderson’s £90k for exhibition to promote Northern Ireland produce

Published 01/03/2016

Tom McKenzie, trading controller at Hendersons Food Service with Julie Hickey from Dart Mountain Cheese at IFEX in 2014. Hendersons Food Service will be creating a ‘village’ celebrating Northern Ireland suppliers at this year’s IFEX exhibition
Tom McKenzie, trading controller at Hendersons Food Service with Julie Hickey from Dart Mountain Cheese at IFEX in 2014. Hendersons Food Service will be creating a ‘village’ celebrating Northern Ireland suppliers at this year’s IFEX exhibition

The catering arm of Henderson Group is spending £90,000 to promote Northern Ireland produce at a major exhibition.

Henderson Foodservice said it was throwing its weight behind the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink by taking part in IFEX — an international food trade show visiting Belfast next week. 

And a ‘local supplier village’ is just one of the attractions the company said it’s planning for the event.

The village will feature the produce of 12 food and drink suppliers of Henderson, including Co Roscommon’s Gilligan’s Farm rib-eye burger and coffee supplier UCC. 

Crisp company Tayto, artisan producer The Open Bakery, specialist producer Hollah Preserving, Rich Sauces, Dart Mountain Cheese — from the Sperrins — and social enterprise Clearer Water are all taking part. 

Damien Barrett, director at Henderson Foodservice, said: “We have been exhibiting at IFEX for several years, and this is our biggest year yet.

As well as the fantastic hub for local suppliers we have created, there will also be stands dedicated to UCC, our exclusive coffee supplier and also Gilligan’s Farm which has produced a prime, rib-eye burger which we will exclusively supply in Ireland.

“Representatives from UCC will be present at the show to offer tips and advice to help local businesses improve their current hot beverage offerings and visitors can look forward to live demonstrations from UCC’s very own world-class baristas.”

Henderson’s Gilligan’s Farm rib-eye burger is made by a supplier which claims to raise animals in “stress-free” surroundings. 

Mr Barrett said the burger was “one of the most exciting products we have”.   

IFEX takes place from March 8 to March 10 at the Titanic Exhibition Centre

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