Doherty & Gray, a meat processing company has signed a contract worth £350,000 with Tesco Northern Ireland. The deal is for the supply of own-label burgers.

The company, which is based in Ballymena confirmed this on April 24, 2017. According to the contract, Doherty & Gray will produce an assortment of ‘Tesco Finest’ and ‘Tesco’ burgers for stores all over Northern Ireland.  The deal will be a shot in the arm for the company’s annual business with Tesco Northern Ireland by around 30%. On top of that, it enabled it to employ two additional workers.

Alan McKeown, Doherty & Gray’s commercial sales manager was quoted saying: “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 all be made using locally sourced Northern Ireland beef.

According to the meat processor, cutting-edge techniques had helped the firm to clinch the contract.

A wonderful “burger experience”

McKeown continued: “Superior production techniques were used to give customers a rustic burger with an open texture for an enhanced eating experience,” adding “We have used store cupboard fresh ingredients where possible to deliver a fantastic burger experience.”

The firm has agreed to produce a total of eight products for Tesco Northern Ireland. These include Tesco Finest six-ounce beefsteak burgers, Tesco Finest four-ounce caramelised onion steak burgers as well as Tesco four-ounce burgers.

Britain’s biggest retailer confirmed that the contract meant that Tesco increased its annual spending on Northern Ireland’s products to the tune of around £590M.

Very proud

Leanne Black, Tesco Northern Ireland’s technical manager was reported saying: “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.

Black added: “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.”

Other brands owned by the meat processor include Hull’s, Prima Valley, Saints & Scholars. It started business in 1954 and is currently the second longest reputable red meat firm in Northern Ireland.