Italian firm uses quality Irish beef for meatballs

Gourmet meatballs from Italian family Petruzzi has been created using Northern Irish quality-assured beef.

The meatballs have been developed from recipes created in Pennsylvania by the Petruzzi family, famous for their Italian meals.

The meatballs, which offer a prepared meal solution, but are not a ready meal, were launched at the International Food Expo (IFE) in London.

Great granddaughter of the founders and a fourth-generation member of the Petruzzi family, Melissa McCullough, brought the recipes to Northern Ireland.

McCullough said: "Petruzzi’s meatballs are made from an authentic Italian recipe that has followed the Petruzzi family from Italy to America and now to Ireland — half way across the world and back again."

McCullough, who now lives in Northern Ireland, claimed the Petruzzi products are of the highest quality, made with the finest ingredients and best Irish beef.

"The recipe is perfected by using only tender and delicious 100% farm quality-assured Northern Irish beef. The sauce is also made to our family recipe by another local company. This means our products have a rich heritage with full traceability and the sort of provenance consumers demand," she added.

The meatballs will be sold in Sainsbury’s over the next few months as a result of a special supplier development programme involving Invest Northern Ireland and Sainsbury’s.

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