Lumper potato returns to Marks and Spencer Ireland
The Irish Lumper Potato from Glens of Antrim Potatoes will be restocked on Marks & Spencer shelves from next week
22 November 2013
Glens of Antrim Potatoes and Marks & Spencer Ireland this week celebrated the arrival of a new batch of Irish Lumper potatoes to stores across Ireland. The arrival will meet demand from shoppers around the country for the potato which gained huge media attention when it was released in limited edition to Marks & Spencer stores earlier this year.
The 170 year old potato was reintroduced by Co. Antrim farmer, Michael McKillop, sparking global demand and stirring up world-wide debate about its history. With stores selling out in a matter of weeks, McKillop and his team have worked to harvest a new batch of the famous potato which will land in M&S stores next week in time for Christmas.
The Lumper potato, which gets its name from its knobbly appearance, had not been commercially cultivated since the potato famine in the 1840s when it was virtually wiped out. Glens of Antrim, a family run business operating for 41 years in the rural town of Cushendall in Co. Antrim, have set out about bring it back in to production.
Commenting on the potato Michael McKillop, Glens of Antrim said: "The Lumper was a thing of the mashed, roasted, and baked potato past until about five years ago when I got my hands on some heirloom seeds and cultivated them. I chose the strain because of its history and unusual look and feel."?
On supply Marks and Spencer Ireland with the popular potato he added: "We are thrilled to be able to supply M&S with a new batch of the potato and hope that customers who haven’t yet tasted a piece of history will give them a try and let us know what they think by posting comments on our Facebook page Facebook.com/GlensofAntrimPotatoes."?
Conrad Digan, head of selling and marketing Marks & Spencer Ireland, also commented saying: "When we first introduced the Irish Lumper potato to our M&S stores earlier this year, it proved a big hit with our customers. Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce that it will be returning to our shelves later this month just in time for Christmas."?