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Henderson develops produce category creating new brand with local suppliers

Darren Dickson, EUROSPAR Carrowdore; Richard Orr, William Orr & Son's; and Noel McGregor, fresh trading manager, and David McCallion, Henderson Wholesale.

Henderson Wholesale has developed its fresh produce category together with 19 local suppliers to create a new brand, The Greengrocer’s.

In September 2018, Henderson Wholesale embarked on a full analysis, review and refresh of its produce offering, looking at every aspect of the business from the suppliers, products and branding through to in-store execution.

The result was the new brand, The Greengrocer’s. Comprising over 110 products, most of which have been newly developed, the range represents a £100,000 investment and is now available in-store.

A wider range of convenience products such as prepared sliced and diced vegetables, packaged leaves and salads join a new range of stir fry or microwavable packs including crunchy kale mix with tender stem broccoli, rice and quinoa mix, aromatic greens and rice and lentil mix.

Neal Kelly, fresh foods director at the Henderson Group, said the range is central to the Group’s Famous for Fresh strategy.

“In 2018, we received over 13,000,000 cases into the fresh warehouse,” he said. “In 2019, we expect over 14,000,000. After a review of our produce offering in 2018, we decided to create a new brand that would represent the collaborative relationships we have with our suppliers and customers.”

One of the key criteria in the development of The Greengrocer’s was the advancement of sustainable, recyclable and compostable packaging for the range.

“We have launched The Greengrocer’s range with 40 loose and naked lines and we have eliminated unrecyclable black plastic on more than 30 lines within the range,” said Kelly. “In three of our EUROSPAR stores, we are trialling the use of compostable bags for loose produce with the plan to roll these out across the wider estate over time.”

The range will continue to communicate Henderson’s fresh message that over 75% of their fresh food is sourced locally and will be supported by in-store POS communications and supplier information shelf cards, as well as a full outdoor campaign.

SPAR and EUROSPAR ambassadors will hold special sampling in stores throughout Northern Ireland and promotional pricing will apply throughout the summer months.

To find out more about the range, visit SPAR NI and EUROSPAR NI online.

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