Al fresco dining in the sun sends local produce soaring off Tesco NI’s shelves 
  • Posted 2 years ago

The hot weather has brought people outdoors to enjoy al fresco dining and with barbecues roaring in nearly every garden, local produce is flying off the shelves across all of Tesco NI’s 55 stores.

From local BBQ staples like meat and bread products to tipples from spirits to beers and ciders the seasonal weather has made for roaring trade for local suppliers.

Irwin’s Bakery of Portadown has reported double sales this week as shoppers have been heading straight to the bread aisles for rolls for their burgers and hot dogs.

Filling those rolls Ballymena-based sausage producer Doherty and Gray, which supplies the Tesco Finest brand, said sales of their sausages had risen by OVER 50% this week.

Salad tongs are in a frenzy too, with sales of round lettuce, supplied to Tesco NI from Gilfresh Produce, Loughgall, up over 50%  higher than usual as a result of the sunshine.

Sales of scallions have also rocketed up, with double the sales compared to a usual week, according to Roy Lyttle Limited, vegetable producer from Newtownards.

Meawhile, Whitewater Brewery, a microbrewery based in the Mournes in Co Down said, “they’re flat out and bottling furiously” to keep up with demand as sunbathers’ thirsts soar as the mercury continues to rise.

Sean Largey, Tesco NI Commercial Manager said: “Local producers have reported a roaring trade this week which they have attributed to the hot weather.

With countless barbecues being lit across the country, our local shops are selling up to twice the usual meat, vegetable products and bread products, bolstering sales for our many local producers.

“Local producers, including our growing drinks industry are basking in the sunshine for a different reason,” he said.