Asda deal brings 10 new jobs for dessert firm

Cottage Catering MD Hertford Arnold with Asda's Michael McCallion
Cottage Catering MD Hertford Arnold with Asda's Michael McCallion

Asda is getting its ‘just desserts’ this Christmas from Co Down based firm Cottage Catering which has won a UK-wide supply contract for its fresh cream trifles.

The deal means significant expansion for the company, including 10 new jobs and the extension of its premises to meet the demand of Asda’s sweet-toothed customers.

The family owned Dromore firm has been supplying private label products to Asda since June 2014 and currently sells more than 30,000 units each week in Asda stores across the UK.

Head of local sourcing for NI and Scotland, Michael McCallion said: “A really good fresh trifle is the centrepiece of any dessert course at Christmas time and it’s fantastic to have such a high quality product coming from Northern Ireland.

“We love seeing local companies graduating from supplying our 17 stores here to dealing with the full Asda estate.”

Cottage Catering MD Hertford Arnold said “On a weekly basis we source eight tonnes of fresh cream, 10 tonnes of custard and 10 tonnes of jelly - which means a significant boost to our local suppliers such as Pritchett’s and Finlay’s Foods.”