Northern Ireland deli to expand into England

Northern Ireland deli and farm shop The Meat Merchant is set to open an outlet in Newcastle-upon-Tyne next month, as part of an expansion that will see three delis open in England.

The new deli will be opened in affluent suburb of Jesmond and is seeking to develop business from both retail and foodservice customers.

The expansion into England is being headed by former UK chef of the Year John Connel, who has already redeveloped restaurants at 21 Queen Street, Seaham Hall and the Vermont Hotel, as well as working in senior posts in the Savoy Hotel in London and at Quaglinos.

The Meat Merchant was founded as a marketing initiative by parent company Hannan Meats to sell the high-quality meat produced for foodservice to local shoppers. It is based opposite the Hannan Meats processing plant in Moira, Co Down.   

Peter Hannan, managing director of Hannan Meats, said: “We’ve been encouraged to offer our beef and other meat products in particular by a delegation of chefs covering 62 restaurants in the north east of England, who visited us recently in Northern Ireland and had the opportunity to sample the quality of meat that we produce from Northern Ireland suppliers.

“The new shop will introduce the north east of England to superb products, such as Glenarm Shorthorn and Northern Ireland certified Hereford beef, Moyallon pork and bacon and Rockvale Poultry.

“As a business, we have set our sights only on excellence in provenance, quality and consistency, which begin with breed, feed and excellent animal husbandry. This approach is carried forward into all the products that we stock in The Meat Merchant.”

Hannan Meats has won a string of awards for innovation, including the top award for fillet steak in the Northern Ireland Steak Tasting Championship, and gained 25 gold stars for 14 of its products in the UK Great Taste Awards.


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