Tesco NI ‘beefs up’ its local range with £350k Doherty & Gray contract

Caoimhe Mannion, Tesco NI with Alan McKeown of Doherty & Gray
Caoimhe Mannion, Tesco NI with Alan McKeown of Doherty & Gray

Ballymena based meat company, Doherty & Gray, has secured a significant new listing with leading retailer, Tesco Northern Ireland.

The company will produce a range of Tesco Finest-branded burgers and Tesco beef burgers to selected Tesco stores across Northern Ireland, developed with support from Tesco NI technical manager Leanne Black.

The contract will be worth around £350,000 in it’s first year to the Co. Antrim food firm, and will introduce locally-produced burgers to the shelves just in time for the barbecue season!

The listing has increased Doherty & Gray’s annual business with Tesco Northern Ireland by around 30% and the addition of two more employees to it’s staff of 90. This follows a company decision to invest approximately £200,000 in the latest production and packaging equipment as part of a continual improvement programme which will allow the company to fully engage in further strategic growth opportunities.

“The company has a highly skilled workforce and prides itself on making the highest quality sausages and burgers to be enjoyed by consumers,” said commercial sales manager Alan McKeown.

Ms Black said: “We are extremely proud of this new investment with Doherty & Gray as it is another step in our commitment to the local farming and agri-food community.”