Tesco is once again showing its support for Northern Ireland suppliers this Christmas.
The leading retailer, which has 56 stores here, spends nearly £600million on Northern Ireland products each year.
Tesco has more than 90 local suppliers and stocks more than 1,200 local products – and it is working with these suppliers closer than ever during the run-up to the festive season to ensure Northern Ireland has a wonderful Christmas.
For customers who also like to support local producers, Tesco can offer a traditional festive turkey-and-all-the-trimmings meal for eight featuring only homegrown produce – for under £45.
For starters there’s vegetable broth made by Big Pot Co in Cookstown accompanied by Rankin Stone Ground Wheaten baked by Irwin’s of Portadown.
And for the main course there’s a Tesco turkey crown supplied by Craigavon-based Moy Park, while Cookstown company Karro is supplying Cookstown and Tesco-branded gammon.
The trimmings for the main include cauliflower, carrots, parsnips and brussels sprouts grown in Northern Ireland and supplied by Loughgall-based processor and grower Gilfresh Produce.
And Tesco sells Castlewellan-based TS Foods fresh flavoured stuffing range which will sit nicely alongside the bird and the gammon.
No Christmas dinner would be complete without scrumptious spuds and Wilson’s Country of Portadown, which supplies a million potatoes per week to Tesco stores here, both under the Tesco and Wilson’s brands, and various varieties has the perfect potatoes for boiling, mashing or roasting.
For those who don’t make their own cranberry sauce or gravy, these are available from various non-Northern Ireland suppliers. That’s also the case for people who don’t do their own roasties or make their own Christmas pudding.
To top off the Christmas pud there’s double or whipping cream supplied by Belfast-headquartered Dale Farm, Northern Ireland’s largest maker of dairy products.
Caoimhe Mannion, Marketing Manager for Tesco in Northern Ireland, said: “Our objective is to give Northern Ireland a lovely traditional Christmas as far as we can. And we have all the ingredients on our shelves for a fantastic homegrown Christmas meal.”
The homegrown meal for eight costs just under £45.
The breakdown is as follows: Big Pot Co vegetable broth (2 x 500g) £3.18; Irwin’s Rankin Stone Ground Wheaten £1; Gilfresh cauliflower, carrots 1kg, parsnips 500g and brussels sprouts, all 49p each; Wilson’s Country white potatoes 2.5kg 49p; Karro Cookstown Gammon 2kg £8; Tesco Moy Park turkey crown £8 per kg £20; TS Foods stuffing £1.83; extras – Bisto gravy granules 170g £1, Aunt Bessie’s Roasties 907g £1.50, Tesco EDV cranberry sauce 185g 50p; Tesco Christmas Pudding 454g £2; Tesco (Dale Farm) double or whipping cream £1. Total: £42.46.