Harrods deal for Co Down’s Abernethy artisan butter

Will and Allisons hand made butter has won widespread acclaim
Will and Allisons hand made butter has won widespread acclaim
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Abernethy Butter, Northern Ireland’s multi-award winning handmade butter has won business with Harrods in London.

The prestigious store in Knightsbridge is now selling two of Abernethy’s hugely successful range of butters – regular and smoked.

The small company’s smoked butter was recently named in the Top 50 Foods by the influential UK Guild of Fine Food.

The listing follows the company’s success in being awarded three stars in this year’s Great Taste Awards for its unique cold-smoked butter, the annual competition to find the best food and drink that is sponsored by Harrods

Abernethy Butter is based at Dromara in county Down and is owned and run by husband and wife team Will and Allison Abernethy.

They specialise in producing butter using traditional hand crafting techniques.

All the products are also hand rolled and wrapped on-site and use cream from a neighbouring farm specialising in grass-fed milk.

Will Abernethy, commenting on the new business with Harrods, says: “We were really delighted to receive the approach from Harrods following our recent and latest success in the Great Taste Awards.

“Winning business from such an iconic retailer is another very significant boost for the company and tremendous endorsement of the quality of our butters. It will be very beneficial as we continue to develop our retail and foodservice business in Great Britain, our most important market outside Northern Ireland.”

The butters, in addition to regular and smoked, include one flavoured with hand harvested Irish seaweed. They have won widespread acclaim for the small company and are now used by leading chefs such as Heston Blumenthal and Marcus Wareing. Other high profile retail clients include Fortnum and Mason.

Abernethy Butter was established in 2005 by the couple to build on the interest they had created in traditional butter making techniques at food and other events across Northern Ireland.