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Gilfresh set to ensure 300,000 bunches of scallions spring off shelves at Asda

By Michelle Weir ·

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Armagh farmer Paddy Finn in a field of scallions

More than 300,000 bunches of scallions fresh from Co Armagh are set to spring off shelves in Asda stores across Northern Ireland this summer.

Co Armagh producer Gilfresh has landed a major contract to supply 17 branches of the supermarket giant.

Gilfresh is confident that they will be adding flavour to salads with its scallions on sale at the chain until October. The Loughgall family-run firm also supplies vegetables to Tesco, Lidl, Iceland, Centra and SuperValu from its 2,500-acre farm at Creenagh Road.

The scallions, or Northern Irish spring onions as they are labelled for Asda, are grown for Gilfresh by Armagh grower Paddy Finn, owner of Kilmore Farm Produce.

Danielle Mitchell, from Gilfresh, said: "We enjoy a great relationship with Asda, supplying them with a range of fresh produce including our new season scallions.

"Our grower Paddy has been in the field checking the crop for the last few weeks, waiting for the optimum time to harvest - and results have been fantastic."

Gilfresh, which was established by the Gilpins more than 50 years ago, said that it is "dedicated to the growing, packing and processing of core and prepared vegetables" and already supplies a range of vegetables to Asda including carrots, cabbages, swede and broccoli.

Billy Clelland, quality manager of Asda NI, said: "At Asda, we're proud to work with some of the best growers and suppliers from across the agri-food industry. By partnering with Gilfresh and its growers, we can bring these quality scallions fresh from the field to our stores."

Gilfresh employs 130 workers throughout the UK and Ireland.

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Armagh farmer Paddy Finn in a field of scallions
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A bunch of scallions