Co. Armagh-based cider processor Long Meadow has won business from Ballymaloe Foods in Cork for its apple cider vinegar.
Long Meadow will be supplying its cider vinegar for Ballymaloe Food’s popular balsamic vinaigrette products.
Established in 1990 by Yasmin Hyde, Ballymaloe Foods has developed into Ireland’s most successful and respected artisan producer of sauces, relishes, chutneys and more. The business is based at Little Island, near Cork.
Catherine McKeever, commercial director of family owned and managed Long Meadow, said: “We were thrilled when Ballymaloe approached us to supply our apple cider vinegar for use in one of its successful products. It’s a marvellous boost to be working with such a prestigious artisan manufacturer in the Republic, a target market in which we’ve been seeking to develop business.
“The contract for cider vinegar is particularly timely as it came following our decision to invest in a new processing plant which has increased production capacity of a product which is being regarded as providing health benefits,” she added.
Pat and Catherine McKeever founded the cider business in 2013 with son Peter in a farm diversification project to develop a range of cider and juices from apples grown on the family farm at the heart of Northern Ireland’s Orchard Country.
The McKeever family has been growing apples for more than 50 years on the Armagh farm and had been encouraged to branch out by the feedback from cider enthusiasts across Northern Ireland. The family have since picked up a number of awards for their cider, including ones from UK Great Taste and Blas na hEireann. The company also won the Innovation Award for the apple cider vinegar at the Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Councils business awards.