Part of the eastern coast of America may be famous for it, but chowder is fast becoming a Northern Ireland favourite. And a small Cookstown food company has just secured a listing with leading retailer Tesco for a chowder which is jam packed with local ingredients.
Big Pot Co’s Smoked Haddock Chowder is now available in 19 Tesco stores across Northern Ireland. The chowder’s ingredients include smoked haddock supplied by Mourne Seafoods in Kilkeel as well as butter and cream from Strathroy in Omagh. The company also uses potatoes supplied by Portadown-based Wilson’s Country and leeks and parsley from Quinfresh in Dungannon in its chowder pots.
“It truly is a Northern Ireland chowder as it features ingredients supplied from three different counties,” explained Alison Seaney from the company. “It’s a creamy blend of potatoes and leeks enriched with fish stock and herbs with flaked smoked haddock that is lightly seasoned. We see it as homely comfort food,” she added.
Sandra Weir from Tesco said: “This product proves that you don’t have to go to New England in the US to find an excellent seafood chowder. It really is first class and is already selling well.”
The Cookstown food company, which makes soups and specialist meals, believes the deal to supply the chowder to Tesco could initially be worth around £50,000 per annum. The tasty chowder complements Big Pot’s already established soup range in Tesco stores. Five regular flavours are available along with two new ones, Spicy Butternut Squash and Lentil plus Cream of Wild Mushroom.
“Big Pot Co is about real, simple goodness. We are confident our chowder will be a big favourite,” Alison Seaney added. PHOTO: Alison Seaney of Big Pot Co (right) popped along to Kilkeel Harbour to promote the Cookstown company’s new chowder along with Lisa McBride from fish supplier Mourne Seafoods and Philip Heelham, fresh food manager at Tesco’s Newcastle store.