Belfast Telegraph

Deli in shipping shape for English expansion

By Margaret Canning

A Deli and farm shop business in Co Down is hoping to give small food firms a helping hand as it expands into the north of England.

The Meat Merchant, a sister company of Hannan Meats, will open in October in the Jesmond district in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

A spokesman for the business said it planned to consolidate a variety of food products in one consignment and ship to England using its own vehicles.

That could cut out the heftier costs of using transportation companies, according to The Meat Merchant.

Peter Hannan, managing director of Hannan Meats, said: "Northern Ireland has some superb beef, pork, lamb, poultry and game products, as well as a host of highly innovative and award-winning artisan foods such as bread from Yellow Door Bakery, speciality cheese from Fivemiletown Creamery, and Red Dog seasoning salts and relishes.

"Our own En Place Foods is also at the forefront of the molecular gastronomy revolution.

"The new shop will introduce the north east of England to superb products such as Glenarm Shorthorn and Northern Ireland certified Hereford beef, Moyallon pork and bacon and Rockvale Poultry.

"As a business we have set our sights only on excellence in provenance, quality and consistency, which begin with breed, feed and excellent animal husbandry. This approach is carried forward into all the products that we stock in The Meat Merchant."