Dairy firm wins Russia cheese deal
Published 06/03/2013 | 16:57
One of Northern Ireland's leading dairy producers has landed a one million euro (£861,500) deal to supply cheese to Russia.
Dale Farm secured the order from retailers in St Petersburg at an international food fair in Dubai.
The company's chief executive, David Dobbin, said: "We see Russia and China as key growth markets for our export sales and are delighted to win this order, which is the result of the market development work done by our sales team who have been well- supported by (government business support body) Invest NI."
Invest NI hosted a Northern Ireland Naturally stand at the Gulfood exhibition in Dubai last week.
Other food companies that have won business in the United Arab Emirates include Glenarm Salmon and Mash Direct.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster hailed the achievement.
"Dale Farm's order to supply its mild white cheese in St Petersburg is another success story for Northern Ireland food," she said.
"Building relationships with potential international clients by attending food exhibitions like Gulfood in Dubai and SIAL in Paris opens up a host of new exporting opportunities for Northern Ireland producers. Clearly, this has been the case for Dale Farm with this latest Russian order."
She added: "I have been very impressed by the companies representing Northern Ireland in this competitive market.
"The Gulfood exhibition is not only huge in scale, it also offered huge opportunities to bring Northern Ireland produce to the global market."