Sainsbury's contract a real catch for Ewing's Seafoods
Belfast fishmonger Ewing's Seafoods has landed its first major contract with a supermarket chain. The company is now supplying organic smoked salmon to Sainsbury's.
Based on the Shankill Road for more than 100 years, Ewing's is selling its 100g packs of salmon in all 13 Sainsbury's stores here.
Commercial director Crawford Ewing said: "We are delighted to have secured the business with Sainsbury's in Northern Ireland.
"It's a marvellous boost for the company and gives us a very strong platform for further growth with such a prestigious retailer."
Ewing's is a family-owned and managed business, established in 1911 by William Ewing, grandfather of the current owner, Walter, who started working in the shop as a young boy.
It employs 20 people in the shop and nearby processing plant. The company has its own kiln, using a unique technique that involves smoking the salmon slowly over a fragrant mix of beech and oak wood chips.
More than 300 restaurants and hotels in Northern Ireland, including those run by some of the best known chefs, buy fish, mostly on a daily basis, from Ewing's Seafoods.
"Our continued success owes a great deal to the very close relationship that we've developed with Glenarm Organic Salmon, which produces some of the finest fresh salmon on the market today," said Walter Ewing.
"They provide excellent fish for us. The cold waters around our coasts also help to ensure superb texture and superb flavours of the salmon and the other fish we source from suppliers in Kilkeel and Portavogie."
Ewing's Seafoods has also won a string of accolades for the quality of its cured fish, including smoked cod, light cured salmon and smoked salmon.
The company has won UK Great Taste Awards for its organic salmon and a listing in the Top 50 Foods in 2014 for its lightly smoked cod loin.