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Tennent’s NI taps into success of Hastings Hotels

Pictured with the backdrop of The Culloden, toasting the new 5 year contract are (left) Howard Hastings, Managing Director of the Hastings Hotels Group, and Jeff Tosh, Head of NI On Trade at Tennent’s NI, served by Food & Beverage Assistant Taylor Reid.

Two of the Province’s biggest names in hospitality have come together this week with the announcement that Tennent’s N.I. has won a five year contract to supply draught beers and ciders to Hastings Hotels, Northern Ireland’s largest and most successful independent hotels chain.

This latest contract will see Tennent’s NI’s extensive portfolio supply its big name, company-owned brands – Magners, Tennent’s, Heverlee and Caledonia – on bar counters across Hastings group’s six hotels in Northern Ireland.  A number of leading European premium and speciality lagers will also be available to complement the respective needs of each hotel and those familiar flagship beers and ciders.

Announcing details of the supply deal with Hastings, Jeff Tosh, Head of NI On Trade at Tennent’s NI, said; “We are very proud to have worked closely with the prestigious Hastings Hotels Group for some years and delighted to have won this new five year contract to extend that mutually successful relationship.  Like Tennent’s NI, Hastings Hotels believes in delivering world class products and services while remaining true to and proud of their local roots.

“We also share Hastings Hotels’ celebrated commitment to using the best of local produce where possible: indeed that’s why around 64% of the apples used to make Magners originate from our wonderful local orchards in and around Armagh, Moy and Portadown.  Innovation is also of central importance and the six superb hotels within the Hastings Group provide us with perfect premium platforms from which to showcase our latest brand innovations, notably Heverlee which is already proving a runaway success with consumers!

“Our commitment to giving best in class customer service and offering ongoing, practical support to our customers across the licensed trade continues to underpin our commercial success.  For us, quality is the key to success, but that doesn’t necessarily imply a price premium.  Despite our own rising costs we have already committed to a price freeze, for the third year in succession, on our wholesale draught pricing on our company-owned beers – and we are committed to maintaining that firm focus on value for the future.”

Delighted to be continuing its long association with Tennent’s NI, Howard Hastings, Managing Director of the Hastings Hotels Group, said; “The connection between our companies stretches back to the time of The Ulster Brewery when my father, and Hastings Hotels Chairman, Sir William Hastings was a director and shareholder.  Since those days we have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship based on a shared commitment to quality and service.

“We continue to enjoy a high level of service and support from Tennent’s NI and, through the company, are able to bring to our guests a superb range of beers and ciders from the Tennent’s NI product portfolio carefully selected to suit almost every palate and social occasion.”

The Tennent’s NI beer and cider portfolio will be pouring in The Europa and Stormont in Belfast, the Culloden and Cultra Inn at Cultra, Slieve Donard and The Percy French in Newcastle, BallygallyCastle on the AntrimCoast and the Everglades in Londonderry.

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