Center Parcs dishes up over €5m to Irish food companies
Center Parcs, which will offer short family breaks in Longford Forest from next year, has agreed contracts worth €5.2m with four Irish food companies.
The companies set to benefit are Keelings, which will be the fresh produce and dairy supplier, plus Galway-based Heaney Meats, Coleraine-based Lynas Foodservice and Antrim's Henderson Foodservice.
"We are delighted to work with these companies to ensure the food and beverage offering at our forest resort in Ireland is a very high standard," Martin Dalby, chief executive of Center Parcs, said.
"Our chosen suppliers carry the Board Bia Origin Green accreditation and this was a real re-assurance to us that we can deliver on the provenance and high quality that Irish families naturally expect of their food and dining experiences."
Headquartered in Dublin, family-owned Keelings has operations in UK and Europe.
The group employs approximately 2,000 people.
Colm Bury, managing director of Keelings Select, said it was "wonderful" to see Center Parcs awarding contracts to local businesses: "With their focus on family time together, and our business being an Irish family business with strong heritage and experience, we believe this is a perfect partnership."
Once completed, the €233m resort will offer families the choice of 466 lodges and 30 apartments, which will be able to accommodate 2,500 guests.