Henderson Group Award for Milgro

Balmoral show 2017 proved yet again to be a major success with over 100,000 visitors over the 4 day event. There was also success for Milgro as we managed to pick up “Highly Commended Local Supplier of the Year” at the Henderson Group Local Supplier Awards.

Gerald Miller MD, commended, It has been a great year for the company so far it, we are proud to be a local supplier to the Henderson Group and it was an honour to be shortlisted, so to pick up a highly commended is just brilliant news for the company.

The Henderson Local Supplier Awards, now in their fifth year, received more than 40 entries from 29 of the local producers, farmers and growers who supply to the company and its 422 stores in Northern Ireland.

Indeed the Henderson Group restated its commitment to buying local fresh foods, with over 75 per cent of fresh products sourced on the island of Ireland.

Neal Kelly, fresh foods director at Henderson Wholesale, said: “We’ve seen some truly innovative and sustainable practices from our suppliers in the past year, which helps us to continually grow our fresh food offering in store for daily shoppers.

“Our ‘Enjoy Local’ range is expanding and reached sales of over £25.5 million last year, and we wouldn’t be able to stock such a high-quality range without these suppliers.”

Paddy Doody, sales & marketing director at the Henderson Group added; “The Balmoral Show is so important to us as a company as it gives us a chance to directly engage with our shoppers, potential shoppers and the cream of the crop of our local agri-food industry.

“These awards have been an enormous success and they solidify our commitment to the food and agri industries here in Northern Ireland.”

“We’re delighted to reward them at the annual breakfast here at the Balmoral Show; I send my heartfelt congratulations to all winners, highly commended and shortlisted, and thanks to our independent panel of judges.”

The winners were decided by David Elliott, editor of Ulster Business Magazine, UFU Rural Affairs Committee Chairperson Freda Magill, Joy Alexander, Head of Food Technology Development at CAFRE and Sam Butler, Irish Chair of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists. The judges scrutinised the entries across five categories which reflect the workings of Henderson Wholesale’s fresh ambition to always be passionate about local food, local people and local companies.