Tesco to buy 211,000kg of Irish veg a week
Tesco has made an unprecedented commitment to Irish growers to buy a specific volume of produce
12 October 2009
Tesco Ireland has given a commitment to purchase 211,000kg of produce from 25 Irish vegetable growers every week, to supply Tesco stores throughout Ireland. According to the retailer, volume commitments had been previously managed by a third party.
Philip Cantillon, produce senior buyer at Tesco Ireland, said that Tesco continues to enjoy a “strong” and very close working relationship with Irish growers.
“This year, for the first time, we agreed and committed to volume programmes with our growers which ensured they have a guaranteed outlet for their produce,” he commented.
Cantillon said the move “emphasised Tesco Ireland’s commitment to sourcing quality Irish produce and Tesco’s commitment to the Irish farming community.”
Leading grower of leeks and parsnips for Tesco Ireland, Dessie Farrell said the retailer continues to pay well for high quality Irish produce, stating: “We are delighted that this group of 25 growers continues to meet the high standards set by Tesco Ireland and continue to supply its stores with produce week in week out.”
The 25 growers supply Tesco Ireland with 11 million kilograms of vegetables per annum, according to the retailer, including broccoli, brussell sprouts, a range of cabbages, cauliflower, carrots, celery, corn, kale, leeks, lettuce, parsnips, peas, rhubarb, spinach, swedes and tomatoes.