The world leaders who gathered at the G8 summit in Co Fermanagh recently lapped up so much of one local product – Ballyrashane milk – that the dairy had to rush through an overnight order to quench the thirsts of US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, Vladimir Putin and the other premiers.
Executive Head Chef at the Lough Erne Resort Noel McMeel said the dignitaries tucked into gallons of milk as well as the locally produced Ballyrashane butter and cream, which were important ingredients to the specially-prepared menu, during the summit.
Mr McMeel, who added he always uses local produce at the five-star resort, explained: “I had to call Philip Glenn, the depot manager at Ballyrashane depot in Enniskillen, at home to deliver more semi-skimmed milk. Thank goodness we could rely on Ballyrashane to come to the rescue.”
Philip said: “We had supplied 300 two-litre containers of cream, 200 two-litres of whole milk, 20 three-gallon containers of semi-skimmed milk and 10 boxes of butter prior to the summit, but I had to get more. The delivery was taken as far as the security cordon where it was checked by the police before being taken to the kitchen.”
Due to the depot’s close proximity to the hotel, Philip did not have to drive the fastest milk cart in the west to get the product delivered on time.
Award-winning chef Mr McMeel praised Ballyrashane, saying: “As a five-star resort we expect five-star suppliers who will fit the needs of our business. Ballyrashane, which is Ulster’s oldest dairy, fits the needs of a five-star resort. Philip and his team are five-star all the way.”