Silver Pail Dairy secures €1.4 million deal to supply Tesco own-label ice cream

Range will be made with locally sourced milk



27 April 2021

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Tesco Ireland has entered into a new €1.4 million contract with Cork company Silver Pail Dairy to supply its Tesco own-label ice cream. Made with locally sourced milk, Silver Pail Dairy will supply a range of tub, block and pint-sized ice-cream products to Tesco stores nationwide, and through its online shopping service.

Joe Manning, Commercial Director, Tesco Ireland, said he was pleased to support Silver Pail Dairy, as part of Tesco’s commitment to Irish suppliers.

“This new partnership with Silver Pail reflects our focus on supporting Irish suppliers, Irish agrifood and the Irish economy,” Manning said. “We are committed to our 490 Irish suppliers, of which many are local, family-run businesses like Silver Pail, and which in turn benefits almost 14,000 farming families nationwide.

“I’m very proud, particularly as a Cork-man, that the entire Tesco own-label ice-cream range now comes from Fermoy, made using milk from West Cork farms,” he added. “This is good news for local farmers, the local economy and for our customers around Ireland, who will receive a product of exceptional quality and provenance.”

A family business, employing 90 people in Fermoy, Silver Pail was founded in 1978 by Michael Murphy, and has grown to become the largest independent ice cream manufacturer in Ireland.

The company is now run by Michael’s daughter, managing director, Thea Murphy who described the contract as “a significant addition to our business and further secures the jobs of our local workforce and many local and Irish suppliers”.

Latest figures show that that the overall economic impact of Tesco’s expenditure in Ireland is €2.92 billion, and that the company supports almost 45,000 jobs, directly and indirectly around Ireland. In fact, Tesco states that the retailer buys €1.6 billion of Irish food and drink annually, more than the value of Irish food and drink exported to any country in the European Union. This includes over €900 million in exports.



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