Ever wondered why our enjoy local range tastes sooooooooooooo good?

We scoured the country & found 20 of THE BEST local suppliers who shared their secret recipes with us & helped us develop an award winning range that's made with love.

Meet Some Of Our Suppliers

  • Tell us about your products? +

    From Lisnaskea, we supply both ready to eat and breaded chicken products into SPAR stores working in accordance with BRC and Bord Bia codes of practice.

     

    Striving to achieve the highest quality and maintaining high food safety standards is of the upmost importance to us. The material we use for processing comes from our sister site in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo so it’s local, fresh and we know its high quality. 

     

    For our breaded range, we have worked very closely with our coating supplier to develop a breadcrumb made from tin baked loaves, which gives the product a natural colour variant throughout, as well as providing a great crunchy homemade texture. 

  • How long have your products been on the shelves of SPAR & EUROSPAR? +

    Our Products have been in store since June 2014, starting with breaded chicken steaks and breaded chicken nuggets. Since then, we have added breaded chicken goujons as well as ready to eat chicken breast products, including whole cooked fillets, slices and pieces allowing for a hassle free, convenient option.

  • What’s your favourite meal to make with your products? +

    My favourite meal to make with our products is chicken carbonara using our chargrilled chicken slices. The smoky chargrilled flavour really compliments the creaminess of the sauce and because the chicken is already cooked, it’s a very quick and convenient option for those busy days!

  • What’s your fantasy dinner party meal? +

    It would have to be a supreme breaded fillet of chicken, accompanied by a creamy mushroom sauce served with champ, honey glazed carrots and parsnips.  

  • Which Northern Irish food producer would you love to collaborate with? +

    We would love to work with Crust and Crumb located beside us in Fermanagh who manufacture pizzas. With this type of product, there is great potential for exciting new product development and flavour combinations!

  • Tell us one thing about your products that might surprise our shoppers? +

    There are more chickens on earth than humans. Chicken is taking over and the demand is huge as Poultry now accounts for nearly half of all the meat bought in the UK! Our products are produced using 100% Irish chicken breast meat. We are proud to keep it local.

  • Where is Clandeboye yogurt produced? +

    Clandeboye Yoghurt is produced in North Down, as part of the Clandeboye Estate in Bangor. Clandeboye is the only yoghurt actually produced in Northern Ireland.

  • How long have your products been on the shelves of SPAR & EUROSPAR? +

    We have been supplying yoghurt to SPAR and EUROSPAR for about 8 years now. They are one of our most important customers, having such could coverage right across Northern Ireland.

  • What is your favourite flavour? +

    My personal favourite at the minute is our new Mandarin and Lime Greek style yoghurt, although our plain Greek Style is hard to beat. It actually won best Yoghurt in the UK this year in the Q Awards and top dairy product from a small producer!

  • What is your favourite SPAR enjoy local product? +

    My favourite SPAR enjoy local product is the Lemon Layered with Greek Style, really refreshing. (I also love the Madagascan Vanilla).

  • What is a Clandeboye Yogurt signature serve? +

    As Mentioned above our signature product is probably our Authentically Strained Greek Style yoghurt! (Top yoghurt in UK in the Q Awards, Gold in the Irish Quality Awards and 3 Stars in the Great Taste Awards). Serve that up with some Granola, fresh fruit or Honey and breakfast is ready!

  • Describe a typical day in the life of a Clandeboye Holstein or Jersey cow? +

    Our cows are so well looked after, Mark our head Herdsman, knows every one of them by name, from Clandeboye Evita to Clandeboye Cookie. Depending on season they are either out in the fields at Clandeboye or in doors each with their own mattress in the shed beside the parlour. They are milked twice a day about 6am and 5pm. As our entire herd is pedigree some are also shown at Agricultural shows throughout the year, they get plenty of prep coming up to shows, clipped, shampooed and more! Our whole ethos on the farm is quality not quantity so adding value to the milk through the yoghurt has allowed us to stay with a relatively small herd of just 100 cows meaning we can avoid the large “Factory Farm” style of set up.

  • Holstein cow or Jersey cow? +

    We milk both Jersey and Holsteins on the farm and I suppose it is that bit of Jersey milk in the mix that helps make our yoghurt a little bit different, so Jerseys would be my favourite. Also they are a lot more photogenic!

  • Tell us about Big Pot Co? +

    Big pot Co. was created in 2009 with a passion to develop and produce the best range of fresh, wholesome, convenient local soups for retail and foodservice markets.  As a family business we are very proud of what we produce and  are planning to add some exciting new products for our 10th Anniversary this year.  (Real – Simple – Goodness)...

  • What flavours have you created for the SPAR enjoy local range? +

    The old favourites work best locally: Vegetable, Chicken & Vegetable, Potato & leek and Carrot & Coriander Soup.

  • What local farmers and growers do you work with to create your products?  +

    I was raised on an Northern Ireland farm and am a huge supporter of our great local farmers because it’s fresher & I know exactly how it’s grown.  Vegetables come from Co. Armagh producers and dairy products from N. Ireland’s largest farmer owned co-op.

  • Where do you draw inspiration from when developing new recipes? +

    As a food technologist my true passion is new product development.  I draw inspiration from a number of sources, my kids (best critics!), market  research trends (Veganism), Diet trends (low sugar, high protein, Great local fresh raw materials, travel & eating out.

  • Do you plan to extend the range beyond soups? +

    Yes I’m inspired to produce fresh wholesome exciting new products to provide breakfast, lunch & tea options in convenient formats to meet time pressured busy lifestyles such as nutritious meal pots which we are working on.

  • There is a conscious effort in the food industry to move away from plastic and use more sustainable packaging solutions. What is Big Pot Co. doing to help tackle this issue? +

    We are working with our packaging suppliers to try and find solutions that are more sustainable which are still value for money.   We are also working with Henderson’s to develop business in the serve over counters in SPARs which can be heated & served hot in recyclable packaging.

  • Describe your ideal Big Pot Co. moment? +

    Getting our great local wholesome soups to be a weekly staple in every household’s shopping basket!

  • Tell us about your business? +

    From small beginnings, with just one product and three employees, the company has expanded over the last 100+ years to include a substantial retail liquid milk business and state of the art butter production facility - which is amongst the most advanced in Europe. The Coleraine site produces a wide portfolio of high quality products: our Ballyrashane branded butter is even named as an ingredient on the packaging of many local loved food and brands.

  • As a farm liaison officer, how closely do you work with local farmers? +

    I work and deal with all our milk producers on a daily basis, keeping them up to date with the Red Tractor Quality Scheme.  Any that are not in the scheme are guided on how to join.  This is all done within a short time period and full accreditation is given in due course.  We aim to have our entire milk pool/supply 100% Red Tractor Approval as soon as possible.  Being part of the Liaison team, we offer support and guidance to all our producers and try to make their business/livelihood profitable and efficient .

  • Why do you think Northern Irish farm products have become so highly sought after? +

    The natural advantage of our geography, grass land area, water availability, air quality and quality systems are recognised worldwide as second to none.

  • How important is the issue of provenance / traceability to your customers? +

    Our customers are very conscious of supporting local, with ever increasing demands on the environment and keeping food miles down.  Supporting our local farmers is often a key item in our customers purchasing decision.

  • Do you think current food trends will encourage consumers to move away from Dairy products? (veganism etc) +

    While there is a trend in non-dairy product, milk and butter continue to remain a major part of may peoples diet.  That said, there is a synergy in the category and it is something that we will consider future development plans.

  • Where do you see growth / innovation coming from in the dairy sector? +

    The Growth areas will tap into the trends for healthier, low fat, low sugar, and supplemented product e.g. with additional vitamins and proteins

  • Can you milk a chicken?! +

    No, Chickens are not mammals and don’t have glands that produce milk, but… you can cook a chicken in Milk, braised its totally delicious!

  • Do you take milk in your tea/coffee? +

    Absolutely! It rounds off the flavour for me, it just wouldn’t be the same without some of our delicious SPAR enjoy local milk!

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Competition Terms & Conditions

How to Enter:

 

To enter, visit the SPAR NI Website and complete the product review form.

 

COMPETITION DATES:

 

Competition Opens: 03/09/2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

 

Data Protection – any information which can be used to identify an individual entrant and any other person will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy, available at https://www.spar-ni.co.uk/privacy or on request (by email to BrandTeam@henderson-group.com or by post to Henderson Retail Ltd./ Henderson Wholesale Ltd, Hightown Avenue, Mallusk, Newtownabbey, BT36 4RT). Entrants should review and ensure that they understand and agree with the terms of that policy, particularly in relation to how their information will be used (and may be shared), the rights available to them and the condition on which their information will be used.

 

PRIZE DETAILS

£50 of SPAR or EUROSPAR Gift vouchers per month for a nominated store.

 

Summary Terms:

NI residents aged 18+. Normal exclusions apply.

 

Promoter:

Henderson Wholesale/Retail Ltd., Hightown Avenue, Mallusk, Newtownabbey, BT36 4RT.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS (of which instructions form part):

 

  1. Competition open to NI residents aged 18 or over, excluding employees and their immediate families The Henderson Group, Independent stores and their agents, or anyone professionally connected with this competition.

 

  1. Online entries accepted – entry details as above.

 

  1. No purchase necessary. Entry to the competition is free.

 

  1. The competition will begin on the 03/09/2018 and is ongoing until further notice.

 

  1. All entries must be made directly by the person entering the promotion. Syndicated entries or those made using methods such as a computer macro, a script or the use of automated devices or processes are not allowed and all such entries will be disqualified and any prize award will be void.

 

  1. Entries from third parties or agents, bulk entries, illegible or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

 

  1. Comments left under the competition Terms & Conditions note will not be accepted as an entry.

 

  1. The promoter reserves the right to disqualify incomplete, altered or illegible entries and entries that contain bad language or any other content deemed inappropriate by the promoter in its sole discretion. By submitting your content you warrant that your content is not obscene, racist, pornographic, indecent, harassing, threatening or offensive and will not breach any applicable legislation or regulations. Entries must be written in English.

 

  1. By entering the competition, all entrants warrant that they own the rights to their entry and that it is original to them, does not infringe the intellectual, privacy or publicity rights of any third party, has not been entered in or won previous competitions or awards and has not been previously published. Entrants agree to assign with full guarantee to the promoter and its affiliates all rights, title and interest in the competition entries so that promoter may use entries in any media without limitation and without additional review, compensation or approval from entrants or other parties including, but not limited to, the right to adapt, modify crop and amend the entry. Each winner agrees not to assert any moral rights in their entry.

 

  1. The winning entry will be randomly selected from all entries on the 1st of each month from 01/10/2018.

 

  1. The winner will be notified by telephone/email with details of their prize no later than 14 days after the winner has been drawn.

 

  1. Please ensure address details are correct and let us know if they change as the promoter can accept no responsibility for any correspondence lost or delayed in the mail or contact which cannot be made due to incorrect or out-of-date contact information.

 

  1. Due to the nature of the prize, the winner must respond to notification of their prize within 5 days. In the event the claim for a prize is not received by the promoter within 5 days, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prize to a reserve selected at the same time as the original. Please therefore ensure your availability during this period in case you are a winner.

 

  1. The Winners’ details will be collected by The Henderson Group and securely stored. If the competition is sponsored by a Supplier and you are selected as the winner, we will send your name, email address, delivery address and/or phone number to the supplier to fulfil your prize in order to perform a contract with you or pursuant to legitimate interests.  Depending on the prize type the supplier may need to forward your details on to a 3rd party to fulfil delivery of the prize.

 

  1. Prizes may take up to 28 working days to arrive.

 

  1. The winners’ details will be held on file until confirmation of prize issuance from The Henderson Group. The winners’ details will then be deleted/shredded thereafter.

 

  1. All online entries will be held securely until a winner is chosen and has received their prize (unless they have signed up to receive Marketing communications).

 

  1. There is 1 prize in total to be won across SPAR/ EUROSPAR per calendar month.

 

 

  1. There are no alternatives in cash or kind, in whole or in part, except in the event of circumstances outside its reasonable control, the promoter reserves the right to substitute similar alternatives of equal or greater value. Unless otherwise agreed with the promoter, prizes will be awarded directly to the winner.

 

  1. The winner may be required to take part in reasonable photographic shoots or to send Henderson photographs and take part in other publicity in connection with this promotion (for no further, or any, recompense), including, but not limited to, having their names and photographs featured on Henderson’s Facebook pages, websites and other social media platforms. Winners may be requested to give consent to The Henderson Group using information relating to such photographs or publicity, unless by sending photographs it is clear that The Henderson Group may assume that the winner gives such consent. The winner may subsequently withdraw their consent to the photographs or publicity being used (but this will not affect the legality Henderson’s prior use of such photographs or publicity). If consent is not given, the photographs or publicity will not be taken or participated in.

 

  1. The Promoter reserves the right to vary, alter or terminate this promotion due to unforeseen circumstances beyond its reasonable control only where circumstances make this unavoidable. Neither the Promoter nor the promotional parties assume any responsibility or liability for any incorrect or inaccurate entry, or for any faulty or failed electronic data transmissions; inaccessibility or unavailability of the internet or the website or any combination thereof; regretfully, we cannot be held liable for system failures on the website. Neither can we be held responsible for the failure to fulfil the obligations of any third parties involved in this promotion, although we will always endeavour to minimise the effect to the participant of any such failure.

 

  1. The promoter accepts no responsibility for any cancellation, changes to the date or venue. No refunds or compensation will be given in the event of cancellation, delay or postponement but every effort will be made to reschedule.

 

  1. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Promoter cannot accept responsibility for loss, injury or damage arising from winners taking a prize or attending a venue to use the prize, which they do at their own risk.

 

  1. The initial, surname and county of winner will be available for 3 month after the closing date upon request. Send a SAE to promoter’s address entitled “Enjoy Local Reviews” Marketing Department, Henderson Wholesale/Retail Ltd., Hightown Avenue, Mallusk, Newtownabbey, BT36 4RT or email BrandTeam@henderson-group.com.

 

  1. If, when completing your entry form, you choose to receive marketing information from the Henderson Retail/Wholesale or one of its brands, you will receive marketing information and communications received until such time where you opt out of receiving this information.

 

  1. By taking part in the competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of these Terms and Conditions and agreed to be bound by them.

 

  1. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with anyone other than the Henderson Retail/Wholesale. You understand that you are providing your information to Henderson Retail/Wholesale.

 

  1. The decision of the promoter is final and binding and no correspondence shall be entered into.