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Lagardère chief backs Northern Irish artisans

Amaury Dehen, managing director of Lagardere; Jonathan bell, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment and Paula McIntyre, food writer, officially launching the Taste of Ulster shop at Belfast International Airport.

Amaury Dehen, managing director of Lagardere; Jonathan bell, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment and Paula McIntyre, food writer, officially launching the Taste of Ulster shop at Belfast International Airport.

Amaury Dehen, managing director of Lagardere; Jonathan bell, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment and Paula McIntyre, food writer, officially launching the Taste of Ulster shop at Belfast International Airport.

Amaury Dehen, managing director of Lagardère Travel Retail UK and Ireland, has praised the quality and innovation of artisan food and drink producers in Northern Ireland.

He was in Northern Ireland for the official opening of a unique Taste of Ulster shop at Belfast International Airport, which now stocks food and drink from almost 30 local suppliers, mostly artisans and smaller businesses.

Located within the Aelia Duty Free shopping complex in the Departures Zone, the shop is a joint venture between Lagardere Travel Retail, Belfast International Airport and Food NI, the organisation responsible for Taste of Ulster. Aelia is part of Lagardère, one of the world’s biggest operators of airport duty free shops.

The group is a global leader in travel retail with a presence in travel areas across 29 countries on four continents through its various activities including its Aelia brand.

The Taste of Ulster shop was opened officially by Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell.

Mr Dehen said:  “This important initiative for us within Belfast International Airport is a demonstration of our longstanding commitment to engage with the local business community in the regions in which we have retail operations.

“We believe it to be essential that our retail operations represent the best local merchandise available and contribute to economic well-being.  The shop offers smaller companies access to almost three million passengers. The airport expects to be handling 4.9 million passengers.

“The Taste of Ulster shop represents a significant development of the relationship that we have had with several Northern Ireland businesses over many years.

“We’ve now extended this engagement to embrace Northern Ireland’s developing artisan food and drink sector, a sector including a great many companies which have achieved great recognition in international and national awards.”

Food NI provides a single promotional voice for Northern Ireland’s food and drink. It works to enhance the reputation of Northern Ireland’s food and drink through the Taste of Ulster and Our Food So Good messages. It is a company limited by guarantee, formed voluntarily by a consortium of food sector representatives, to develop a positive identity for high quality food from Northern Ireland.

 

Northern Ireland companies featured in the Taste of Ulster Shop at Belfast International Airport:

Abernethy Butter, Dromara – handmade butters

Ann’s Pantry, Larne – breads and cakes

Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil, Limavady – rapeseed oils

Eleanor Craig’s Fudge, Larne – handmade fudge

Eringrove, Enniskillen – jams and chutneys

Farmview Dairies, Belfast – dairy products including Kearney Blue cheese

Gracehill Fine Foods, Ballymena – black and white puddings

Hannan Meats, Moira – beef, bacon and ham

Harnetts Oils, Waringstown – rapeseed and other culinary oils

Johnsons Coffee, Lisburn – roasted coffee

Kennedys Bacon, Omagh – bacon, gammon and ham

Made with Love, Donaghadee – jams and relishes

NorthCoast Smokehouse, Ballymena – smoked salmon and condiments

Our Daily Bread, Belfast –wheaten and soda bread and bread mixes

Papas Mineral Company, Bangor – traditional Northern Irish minerals

Passion Preserved, Lisburn – relishes and chutneys

PopNotch Popcorn, Draperstown – popcorn

Punjana, Belfast – tea blends

Suki Teahouse, Belfast – loose leaf tea and fruit infusions

The Chocolate Manor, Coleraine – chocolates

 

Several Northern Ireland producers of spirits have been included by Aelia in the duty free. They are:

Echlinville Distillery, Kircubbin– Dunville Irish Whiskey

Hughes Craft Distillery, Lisburn – RubyBlue Irish Potato Vodka and fruit liqueurs

Jawbox, Belfast – Gin

Niche Drinks, Derry – The Quiet Man Irish Whiskey

Rademon Craft Distillery, Crossgar – Shortcross Gin

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