Gilfresh Produce is in receipt of a grant for R&D support from Invest NI for the development of Fresh Vegetable Products. This project which is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020, will undertake research and development activities aimed at improving the competitiveness of the business.
New season for Asda & Gilfresh
Gilfresh, is planting new season kale, broccoli, savoy and sweetheart cabbage, which are destined for Asda shelves across Northern Ireland from mid-June – almost three weeks earlier than in 2018.
Gilfresh, a family-run company, based in County Armagh, which was established by the Gilpins over 50 years ago, is dedicated to the growing, packing and processing of core and prepared vegetables, and already supplies 25 product lines to Asda including carrots, swedes and scallions.
The team at Gilfresh will cover the seedlings with fleece to keep them warm and encourage growth, so the crop is ready to harvest in early Summer.
“Asda’s ongoing commitment to local producers ensures quality homegrown produce continues to be available in season in stores across Northern Ireland,” explains Danielle Mitchell from Gilfresh. “On average in local season we supply over 5,000 cabbages, 13,000 heads of broccoli, 2,500 swedes and 17 tonnes of carrots to Asda each week. We have a great working relationship with the team there and we’re delighted to bring new season products to Asda customers earlier this year. We know Asda shoppers are fervent supporters of Northern Ireland’s agricultural industry and buying locally sourced produce. They are also sensitive to the environmental challenges growers face on issues such as climate change and food miles, which is an ethos shared by Asda.”
Billy Clelland, Quality Manager of Asda NI added, “We have excellent working relationships with some of the best growers and suppliers across Northern Ireland – and Gilfresh is a perfect example of this. It’s fantastic to have the promise of great-tasting locally grown produce from Gilfresh on shelves even earlier this year for our customers to enjoy.”