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Top food suppliers are in the mix for Henderson awards at Balmoral Show

Ashley Orr of Willowbrook Foods receives last year’s overall local supplier of the year
award from Paddy Doody and Neal Kelly of Henderson Group
Ashley Orr of Willowbrook Foods receives last year’s overall local supplier of the year award from Paddy Doody and Neal Kelly of Henderson Group
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

Northern Ireland's biggest convenience store operator Henderson Group is to recognise the contribution of its suppliers at the Balmoral Show tomorrow.

McAtamney's Butchers, bakery Genesis Crafty and dairy processor LacPatrick are among the finalists in the Local Supplier Awards.

There are 12 suppliers to Spar and Eurospar stores from across Northern Ireland nominated in five categories.

The awards programme aims to recognise the best products and ranges sold through Henderson Wholesale in 300-plus Spar and Eurospar stores around the province.

Categories include best own brand supplier, best direct to store supplier and supplier of the year.

Last year's overall award went to bagged lettuce company Willowbrook Foods in Comber.

Winners will be announced at an awards breakfast tomorrow - day three of the agricultural extravaganza at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn.

Neal Kelly, Henderson Group fresh food director, said: "The Balmoral Show is the pinnacle of all that is great about our local agri-food industry and as industry eyes turn to the event, we feel it's a great opportunity to showcase the incredible work of our local suppliers who work hard throughout the year to deliver such exceptional produce for our customers.

"I'd like to thank each of the companies who took the time to enter the awards this year and for demonstrating so capably all of their fantastic achievements.

"I know the judges, with their combined food, agri and business expertise, had some incredibly tough decisions to make in order to select the winners and were blown away by the consistently high standard of entries.

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017 at Balmoral Park. A giant Scottish bagpiper and his pet dog entertains the ground. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Day one, Balmoral Show 2017 at Balmoral Park. A giant Scottish bagpiper and his pet dog entertains the ground. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Day one, Balmoral Show 2017 at Balmoral Park. A giant Scottish bagpiper and his pet dog entertains the ground. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
The Kangaroo Kid performing stunts during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle judging in the parade ring during the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ben Hamilton(6) from Londonderry hugs a giant dog as his Scottish bagpiper owner looks on. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Alisha cooper(8) from Ballyheartfield with Boo her three-week-old Dexter calf in the judging ring after they came third in their category. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Alisha cooper(8) from Ballyheartfield with Boo her three-week-old Dexter calf before going into the judging ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank's Henry the Hippo with Grace(6) and Brendan(4) McGarrity from Killdress Co. Tyrone. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Sheep judging in the parade ring during the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. A giant Scottish bagpiper entertains the ground. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ben Hamilton(6) from Londonderry hugs a giant dog as his Scottish bagpiper owner looks on. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye DUP Leader Arlene Foster meet 'Flower Pot' people attending Day One, of the Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Ashleigh Kirkpatrick of Tully Farm handing out some tasty meat produce.
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye DUP Leader Arlene Foster watching the Sheep Judging during Day One, of the Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
Caoimhe Brady aged 2 from Donaghmore surrounded by a CAT Track Type Tractor weighing 21,715 kg, during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Abianne Porter of Ann's Pantry.
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show.
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Rosie the Auto Line Cow with Evanna Kieran.
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye DUP Leader Arlene Foster watching the Sheep Judging during Day One, of the Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Senior Bull Class Day One, of the Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Arianna Magowan (1) from Moira
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye DUP Leader Arlene Foster with Nathan Hylands with his Dorset Sheep during judging during Day One, of the Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Jess Hall from South Wales and Ellie having a rest before the parade ring.
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Mason Cunningham (3) from Moira
Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Watchers on look at the Cattle on show during the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Show jumpers during the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Sarah Bell from Kircubben enjoys an ice cream during the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Crowds gather for the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Crowds gather for the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Jess Hall with some of the Cattle during The annual The Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Crowds gather for the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 UUP MLA Mike Nesbitt during the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 The annual The Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Jess Hall with some of the Cattle during The annual The Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Sheep shearing competition during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Sheep judging during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Sheep shearing competition during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Annabel Manson aged 6 from Kells with a first prize for older ewe Hampshire Downs during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
onathan and Veronica Dougherty, Aoife McConvey and David Dougherty from Kircubbin showing Greenfield British Blues at the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park: Hanna Alexander from Greyabbey preparing a Dexter at the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park: Aoife McConvey from Kircubbin enjoying the sunshine before showing Greenfield British Blues cattle at the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park: Blue says above Balmoral Park during the show jumping at the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park: Serena Murphy with her Limousin Carrickaldreen Maverick , from Newry at the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye
Winner of this year’s Ulster Bank Farm Safety competition is twelve year old Matthew Nelson from Downpatrick High School. As well as having his winning design animated into a short film, Matthew also wins an iPad and a day out to Balmoral Show, courtesy of Ulster Bank.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Trevor Shields from Killkeel with his Large White pigs ahead of the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Owen Gill(14) from Killkeel and Ollie Smith(12) visiting from England prepare the cattle ahead of the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Heather Briggs from Newtowncrommelin, Co. Antrim, prepares her Dexter Oldstone Wrist ahead of the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

"I look forward to welcoming all of the companies who entered to our awards ceremony at the show tomorrow, where the all-important announcements will be made."

The entries have been judged by agri-food experts and agri-business experts including David Elliott, editor of Ulster Business Magazine; UFU rural affairs committee chair Freda Magill; Joy Alexander, head of food technology development at the College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), and Sam Butler, Irish chairman of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists.

Spar is a platinum sponsor of the four-day Balmoral Show and is hosting events at an arena and marquee, including a cookery demonstration by ambassador chef Paula McIntyre.

All-island dairy processor LacPatrick, butcher K&G McAtamney, ready meal maker Daily Bake and fruit and vegetable supplier Quinfresh are nominated in the own brand category.

Bakeries Genesis Crafty and Irwin's are finalists in the corporate social responsibility category.

The bakeries are again finalists in the best direct to store supplier, along with sandwich-maker Around Noon.

And Genesis Crafty and Irwin's Bakery are also finalists in the brand innovation category, with Hovis, Moy Park and McAtamney's.

Around Noon, Genesis Crafty, Patton's Bakery, McAtamney's, onion grower Milgro and pork processor Fred C Robinson from Ballyclare are nominated in the overall award of local supplier of the year.

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