A Lidl surprise at the Ulster Grocer 2015 Marketing Awards

Lidl continued a stellar year in the Northern Ireland grocery trade at the weekend, walking away with the top prize of Best 2014 Marketing Campaign at the Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards 2015. Award winners were announced during the Grocers’ Ball, […]


THE clock is ticking for mums across Northern Ireland in the search to find SuperValu’s 2015 SuperMum.   Nominations for mums, the unsung heroes among family, friends and communities who take life’s day-to-day challenges in their stride, can be made […]

Butchery Excellence Scheme launches search for Ulster BBQ Champion

Local butchers set to sizzle at Ulster BBQ Competition The Butchery Excellence Scheme (BES) is calling for local butchers to enter its first ‘Ulster BBQ Competition’, which will see the top butchers in the country being awarded for the quality […]

Deloitte celebrate Northern Ireland’s food and drink industry at exclusive event

Leading advisory firm, Deloitte hosted an exclusive private dinner for the food and drink industry at Hillsborough Castle on Tuesday, 12th May. The annual event is a celebration of the Northern Ireland food and drink industry with key speakers, Aidan […]


Bell announces new Agri-Food Competence Centre Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has announced the establishment of a £6.7million Northern Ireland Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre (AFQCC). Hosted at Queen’s University, Belfast, the new Competence Centre will draw upon the […]

FareShare and GroceryAid Benefit from NIFDA Awards Collection

The Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) has raised £2,730 through a charity collection at the NIFDA Awards Dinner, which was held recently in the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge.  As agreed on the night the sum raised will […]

Irwin’s Jammy Joeys get major listing in Britain

Tesco is helping Portadown-based Irwin’s Bakery to bring a Northern Ireland favourite to Britain. Irwin’s has secured a deal with Tesco which will see it stock Jammy Joeys and Snowy Joeys in more than 700 Tesco stores across Britain. The […]

Foster announces 43 jobs and multi-million pound investment in Strabane

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has announced McColgan’s Quality Foods Ltd is creating 43 jobs in Strabane through a investment of over £7.3million. McColgan’s, which specialises in the manufacture of savoury and sweet pastry products, will be investing […]

Retail News

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In support of the North West 200 Motorbike race (10th -16th May 2015), Northern Ireland retailer, Centra Ballymoney offered customers an inclusive in store deal of 500ml cans at two for £1.20. A local artist and customer supported the store […]

Food & Drink News

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AFSB Meets with Fish & Aquaculture Sector

Following a recent meeting with their Fish & Aquaculture sub-group, AFSB members Tony O’Neill, Ian Marshall and Declan Billington paid a visit to the Sea Source stand at this year’s Balmoral Show. At the stand, Alan McCulla from Sea Source […]

Store Focus

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Emerson’s Armagh

Life is getting back to normal following the completion of a £2m refurbishment of Emerson’s, a 125-year-old supermarket in the hub of Armagh city centre. In May 2014, the family-run supermarket began a refurbishment programme which has since secured 150 […]

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