Marks & Spencer demonstrates support for NI pork

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has introduced a new range of locally-sourced pork in its Northern Ireland stores.

Loin steaks, pork fillets, crackling leg joints, rib racks and belly strips are all products that are being sourced by M&S from supplier Karro in Co Tyrone. Pork minute steak will also be available as part of the M&S Eat Well range, due to its lean properties. Sitting alongside this range are two peppered pork products - a pepper-crusted pork loin steak and a belly joint dusted with mixed peppercorns.

“Since M&S opened its first store in Northern Ireland 50 years ago, we have been committed to supporting local farmers and using local produce,” said Ryan Lemon, M&S head of region for Northern Ireland.

“We have been working in partnership with Karro and, over the past nine months, have been working alongside their new product development team, developing flavour profiles and packaging formats to ensure that we are giving our local customers the best options when it comes to sourcing quality Irish pork.

He added that the retailer ensured that its bacon range was made using only local pig meat. “Bacon is a core part of the family shop, and it was crucial for us that the meat is sourced from local farmers and produced in Northern Ireland,” explained Lemon.

“We are extremely pleased to be introducing these products to our customers, who we’re sure will love them as much as we do.”

The new bacon range from M&S will consist of traditional cut back bacon, thick cut and streaky bacon, and lean cut bacon medallions.

Gammon and bacon has been sourced from Karro by M&S stores for over 15 years from its Cookstown factory. All of Karro’s pork comes from farms in Northern and the Republic of Ireland.  

“We are very pleased to be working with M&S to introduce this new, locally produced range to stores, as the retailers celebrate a milestone 50 years of trading in Northern Ireland,” said Trevor Mounstephen, Karro’s M&S account manager.

“We have enjoyed a long relationship with M&S and admire their consistent dedication to local agriculture and sustainable farming. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

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