Doherty & Gray signs £350k deal with Tesco

Northern Irish red meat processor Doherty & Gray has signed a £350,000 deal with Tesco Northern Ireland to produce a range of Tesco Finest burgers and beef burgers for selected Tesco stores UK-wide.

The range will be developed with support from Tesco Northern Ireland’s technical manager Leanne Black. 

The deal has led to the Ballymena, Co Antrim-based firm to employ two additional members of staff in its 90-strong workforce, and has increased its annual business with Tesco Northern Ireland by 30%. The partnership follows on from an investment worth approximately £200,000 in production and packaging equipment as part of an improvement strategy designed to allow Doherty & Gray to engage in strategic growth opportunities.

The Northern Irish company first entered into partnership with Tesco Northern Ireland 20 years ago. It has supplied several lines, including Tesco Finest sausages and Tesco Butcher’s Choice sausages and burgers.

“Superior production techniques were used to give customers a rustic burger with an open texture for an enhanced eating experience,” said Alan McKeown (pictured, right), commercial director of Doherty & Gray, speaking of the new deal. “For example, the Finest Chilli Flavoured Beef Steak Burger is made using fresh chilli and Scotch bonnet purée, giving it a flavoursome fiery taste, the Finest Caramelised Onion Beef Steak Burger uses fresh onions and delivers a meaty burger with a sweet, onion aroma, and the Finest Beef & Pepper Steak Burger delivers a meaty flavour with prominent black pepper heat the whole way through. Each burger has a unique and delicious flavour.”

He added: “The company has a highly skilled workforce and prides itself on making the highest-quality sausages and burgers to be enjoyed by consumers. The Tesco Finest Burgers will be made using locally sourced Northern Ireland beef.”

Black commented: “At Tesco Northern Ireland, we are extremely proud of this new investment with Doherty & Gray, as it is another step in our commitment to the local farming and agri-food community. It also gives Tesco Northern Ireland another opportunity to bring an excellent product to our customers, made with the best ingredients, at an affordable price.”

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