Porridge maker wins business in Scotland

Stuart Best of White's Oats, left, with Tesco's Sean Largey
Stuart Best of White's Oats, left, with Tesco's Sean Largey

White’s Oat, Northern Ireland’s oat miller and leading porridge producer, has been awarded a new contract to supply Tesco’s Scottish stores with its award winning cereal products.

The new deal follows the continuing success of the company’s range of products in Northern Ireland.

Based in Tandragee, Co Armagh, White’s has enjoyed significant sales growth following major investment in new product development and packaging re-design of its range of oat-based cereals, reinforcing its market leading position.

The company was awarded the Chartered Institute of Marketing (Ireland) Food & Drink Award 2015 for its marketing campaign in 2015.

“The White’s Oats brand is testament to the strength of the Northern Irish food sector and a great example of a local company that Tesco is honoured to support,” said Sean Largey, Tesco NI commercial manager

“White’s has been part of the Tesco Northern Ireland success story since we first opened our doors in Belfast in 1996 and it is really rewarding to see them develop their business with this contract to supply our stores in Scotland.”

Stuart Best, White’s business development manager, said: “At White’s we are really delighted to have been given the opportunity to develop our business with Tesco in both Ireland and Scotland.

“With increased availability in Scotland, we look forward to growing our business by meeting the needs of Tesco shoppers.

“We are focused on developing and bringing to market nutritionally balanced oat cereals which taste good and allow consumers to pursue healthy active lifestyles whatever their needs- it’s a sector that we are committed to championing.”

White’s celebrates the 175th anniversary this year and has developed an extensive range of porridge, granola and toasted oat snack products which are selling across the UK and the Irish Republic as well as to international markets including the US, Asia and the Middle East.

Established in 1841, the business employs more than 50 staff at its site in Tandragee and is a subsidiary of the Fane Valley Co-operative Society.