Tesco smashes 2012 commitment to buy £1bn of local goods over two year period. Now £580m per year.
Belfast’s Custom House Square was filled with mouth-watering aromas and the very best in what local food and drink has to offer as ‘foodie’ fans queued up for the opening day of this year’s Tesco Taste NI Festival.
Now in its sixth year the event is firmly established as the largest of its kind in the province with around 20,000 people expected to visit the 60 exhibitor stands.
Leading figures from the world of NI food and drink were on hand to launch this year’s Festival.
As well as 60 local exhibitors, many of whom are launching new products, the Festival boasts lots of delicious free-to-sample food and drink plus entertainment, a petting zoo and a climbing wall.
Speaking at the launch the First Minister, Peter Robinson commended Tesco for its strong tradition of supporting Northern Ireland’s processors and producers, giving customers the choice to buy local. Since arriving in Northern Ireland in 1997, Tesco has increased the value of local food and drinks purchased annually from £50million to almost £600million today.
Gary Mills, Tesco UK Retail Director for Convenience Stores who hails from Belfast highlighted how Tesco was a ‘force for good’ in Northern Ireland, citing the retailer’s role as a facilitator for the local food and drink sector which is one of the province’s largest employers.
Tesco has also smashed its own commitment of buying £1bn worth of local goods over a two year period made at the Festival two years ago with Gary Mills explaining this figure had now risen to £580m.
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Click below to hear Alan McKeown from leading sausage makers, Doherty and Gray explain why they chose to exhibit.
Click below to hear Tesco Marketing Manager, Caoimhe Mannion suggest four reasons why Tesco is proud to facilitate the province’s largest free food festival.