Local businesses showcase at Tesco’s first Irish food expo

O’Donnell Crisps, The Scullery Ltd. and JL Grubb Ltd. (producers of Cashel Blue Cheese) have all been recruited as Tesco suppliers.

The companies, which are based in Clonmel, Nenagh and Cashel, took part in Tesco’s first ever Irish Food Expo in Dublin, last week, where 35 new Tesco local Irish suppliers were announced. The event was attended by Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney TD.

Held in the Royal College of Physicians and attended by TDs and Senators from all over Ireland, the Irish Food Expo showcased products from the new Tipperary suppliers, in addition to other Irish companies who supply their products to Tesco.

Speaking at the event, Tony Keohane, Chief Executive, Tesco Ireland, said - “Today is about celebrating our continued support of Irish food as well as welcoming 35 new small food suppliers onto our shelves. As one of the biggest supporters of Irish food, we will continue our search for even more Irish food products. Our ongoing Irish Supplier Growth Initiative aims to recruit more small local suppliers, more large and medium food suppliers as well as increasing Irish participation in our own label food ranges.”

Tesco is one of the biggest supporters of Irish food at home and abroad. The supermarket buys over €2 billion worth of Irish food annually including €655 million worth of exports for Tesco stores throughout the world.