The BFM attended a food show today at Henderson Foodservice
1 Hightown Avenue
Almost everyone who drives past the Sandyknowes junction, on the M2, will know of the colossal complex that is Henderson Foodservice (HF). Locals will also associate HF with the brand of Spar and Vivo.
The show today was aimed at the fast food market. There were 19 suppliers/manufacturers displaying their wares and offering samples. The show was a compact affair and it did give an insight into products available. For example it was great to see McWhinneys promoting their high Irish meat content pork in their locally made (Bangor) sausages, of which the most famous brand is the Bigfoot. Meanwhile Mac’s quality foods are a locally based company who produce meat products but the vast majority of their meat is imported. Their plain pasties are actually very tasty! Another local company that has grown from strength to strength is BJ Sauces (http://www.bjsauces.com). They do some great sauces like chicken gravy, curry and peppered sauce to name (and taste) but a few.
It would be really good for our local retailers to stock locally manufactured produce, using good quality sustainable local ingredients and distributed by a reputable local company. However due to our consumer wants and desires as a society, coupled with corporate profit taking, we have still some distance to go.
If we want our economy to grow then we all have to take some social responsibility and grow,produce,buy local.
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