Dublin grower signs Tesco deal worth €5 million

Specialist grower supplies over 100 stores with Irish grown plants.



17 May 2013

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Uniplumo, a Swords-based specialist grower has announced an expansion of its partnership with Tesco worth €5 million annually. The horticulture company is a supplier of Bord Bia quality-assured plants to the retailer since 1997. Uniplumo has been in operation for over 30 years and has seven acres of heated glasshouse production near Swords in Co. Dublin.

Welcoming the expanded €5 million business for Uniplumo, general manager Tom Summerville, said: "We have enjoyed a productive relationship with Tesco now for many years and are delighted to extend our agreement. Tesco’s ongoing commitment to our partnership supports 45 full time and 30 seasonal staff. It allows us to plan and build our business and is a real vote of confidence in a difficult economic climate."

Kate Farrell, Tesco horticulture buyer, said: "Working with and developing more business opportunities for local suppliers like Uniplumo is a key part of our buying strategy. We are delighted to expand our 16 year partnership with Uniplumo and we look forward to bringing Irish plants of the highest quality to our customers across the country this summer."

The Irish-grown plants are hand-picked at Uniplumo for delivery fresh to store each day. Irish garden favourites that are bought by Tesco each year include approximately 300,000 of Irish Primroses, 100,000 of Irish Potmums and 140,000 of Irish Geraniums.

According to an independent report, Irish vegetables and horticulture worth €51.9 million are exported to Tesco Group annually. Tesco is now worth €2.7 billion a year to the Irish economy, with total expenditure on goods and services in Ireland amounting to almost €2 billion.



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