A fresh approach to Taste

A fresh approach to Taste

The Tesco Taste Festival returns for its 9th year to Belfast’s Custom House Sq (22nd – 24th September). Fresh faces to this year’s event, Jawbox Gin joins Tesco, Food NI and Festival regular, Graham’s Bakery in some food art fun, created with local vegetables from Gilfresh and Roy Lyttle.  The event brings together... View Article

Fast-growing Lidl boosts share of the Northern Ireland market by 8.6%

Fast-growing Lidl boosts share of the Northern Ireland market by 8.6%

The German retailer, which has 38 stores in Northern Ireland, grew its share of the market by 8.6% in the year to August 13, according to the figures from information service Kantar Worldpanel. Lidl now has a market share of 5.4% – behind Asda and Sainsbury’s at shares of 17.2% respectively. Tesco... View Article

NI food & drink tops the bill in international markets

NI food & drink tops the bill in international markets

Four Northern Ireland food and drink companies have been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to win new business in international markets, estimated to be worth nearly half a million pounds collectively. Niche Drinks, BFree, CocoMojo and Rooney Fish have secured orders to supply their products in China, the United Arab... View Article

Fruit-ful Football!

Fruit-ful Football!

As part of Asda NI’s UEFA European Women’s U19 Championship partnership, the retailer will be the official fruit supplier for the tournament. Thousands of Asda bananas, oranges and grapes will be given out to the participating teams during the games. George Rankin, Senior Director Asda NI explains,  “At Asda we... View Article

Safeway brand ready for a comeback after Morrisons deal

Safeway brand ready for a comeback after Morrisons deal

The Safeway brand may return to Northern Ireland shelves from 2020 after supermarket giant Morrisons announced it would use the brand in a supply deal with convenience stores. Morrisons will supply groceries to McColl’s, the corner shop chain that recently bought five Co-op shops here. The shops are on Whitewell Road in north Belfast;... View Article

Lidl and Tesco increase supermarket share in NI

Lidl and Tesco increase supermarket share in NI

Lidl is once again slowly growing its share of the Northern Ireland grocery market, new figures show. The German supermarket giant, which has 38 stores here, increased its share from 5.4% to 5.8% in the 12 months to the middle of July, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s largest supermarket Tesco... View Article

Hot weather brings 9.6% sales boost for Booker

Hot weather brings 9.6% sales boost for Booker

Cash-and-carry chain Booker shrugged off competition concerns surrounding its takeover by Tesco to reveal a warm weather-fuelled surge in sales. The group said non-tobacco like-for-like sales jumped by 9.6% in the quarter to June 16, thanks to fair weather and this year’s later Easter. Tobacco sales remained under pressure amid tighter regulation,... View Article

Local suppliers get fired up for barbeque season!

Local suppliers get fired up for barbeque season!

Ballymena based Doherty & Gray and the Karro Food Group have secured listings with the retailer to stock three new lines of much-loved barbeque staples in stores across Northern Ireland. Doherty & Gray will supply two new products under the company’s Hulls brand – Platinum 6 oz Steak Burgers and... View Article

SUPERVALU LAUNCHES SEARCH TO FIND NI’S SUPERSTARS

SUPERVALU LAUNCHES SEARCH TO FIND NI’S SUPERSTARS

People across Northern Ireland are being called on to nominate their local heroes, as part of a major new campaign to uncover our most inspirational individuals. The new SuperValu SuperStars initiative will honour unsung heroes in local communities that have gone beyond the call of duty to help someone in... View Article

SPAR gets into the Spring of things with Marie Curie partnership

SPAR gets into the Spring of things with Marie Curie partnership

SPAR Northern Ireland has announced a new charity partnership with terminal illness charity, Marie Curie. To officially launch the UK-wide partnership, Peter McBride, a SPAR retailer with a network of 11 stores throughout Mid Ulster, met with the charity’s fundraising and community teams in store during the spring Great Daffodil... View Article