20 December 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Smithboro poultry firm Grove Turkeys Ltd have announced that they will be exporting €3 million worth of Irish turkeys into over 300 Tesco stores in the UK this Christmas.
The firm are also recruiting 280 seasonal workers to meet the intensive festive season demand.
The Christmas export windfall forms part of a €5 million business link between the Co Monaghan company and the major retail chain.
Over the festive period Grove will supply fresh Irish turkeys and free-range birds from its 12 farms nationwide to all major Tesco stores in Ireland and the UK.
 Niamh Lynch, Fresh Food Director, Tesco Ireland, said: “Grove Turkey products are of the highest quality and already we are seeing a demand for them both in Ireland and across the UK, with customers now able to order their turkeys online for the very first time.”
Ms Lynch said that working with and developing export opportunities for Irish suppliers was an integral part of the company’s strategy.
“That’s why 9% of all Irish food and drink exports are purchased by our international colleagues in Tesco,” she pointed out.
 “The €3 million export announcement is another great example of this. It follows our recent announcement in conjunction with the Irish Dairy Board of the provision of own-brand butter in Tesco stores in central Europe.”
Tesco is the second biggest destination for Irish food exports in the world ahead of France, Germany and the USA.
An independent report recently found that the company purchases €705.6 million worth of Irish food and drink products annually, accounting for 9% of overall food and drink exports from Ireland.

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