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Thompson’s Family Teas

Thompson Family Teas, who make Northern Ireland’s best-selling tea, Punjana, have been blending and packing their award-winning range of teas in Belfast for over 120 years.

Maine Soft Drinks

For over 65 years The Maine Man has continued the tradition of delivering quality soft drinks to our doorsteps. Based in Ballymoney, the Harkness family have been producing Maine soft drinks since 1949.

Fivemiletown Creamery

Fivemiletown Creamery has been producing award winning cheese in Northern Ireland for over 100 years. Using milk from local farms in Co Tyrone, Fivemiletown has produce speciality cheeses including the first Irishblue cheese, Ballyblue, and the first smoked brie in Europe, Ballyoak.

Gilfresh Produce

VIDEO: Co. Armagh based company, Gilfresh Produce has been producing a vast array of fresh vegetables for over 50 years. The family owned business manages the growing of over 2,500 acres of field vegetables and salad crops ranging from traditional Root Vegetables, Salad Crops and Brassica Vegetables.

Doherty & Gray

VIDEO: Doherty & Gray Limited was established in 1954 and is Northern Ireland’s second oldest meat processing business. Based in Ballymena in County Antrim, the family owned and managed business specialises in the supply of chilled beef & lamb,and branded and own label sausages and burgers to national and local supermarkets, convenience stores, catering companies and the independent retail butcher.

Armagh Cider Company

VIDEO: Armagh Cider Company produces award-winning ciders, juices and vinegars from its fourth generation orchards, direct from the orchard county of Ireland. It was first established in 2005 on the family farm at Ballinteggart outside Portadown, where the Troughton family have been growing apples since 1898.

Hughes Distillery

VIDEO: Husband and wife duo, Barbara and Stuart Hughes, are the brains behind Northern Ireland’s only craft vodka, made from Irish potatoes. Their award-winning vodka has made waves in the global drinks industry.

TS Foods

VIDEO: This Castlewellan food manufacturer was founded in 1978. Family-owned, its brands such as Tony’s Chippy are recognisable province wide. It is also famous for its stuffing range – a must with any roast dinner.

Irwin’s

VIDEO: The Irwin’s story begins in 1912 when W.D Irwin and his wife Ruth opened a small bakery in Portadown. Creators of the iconic Nutty Krust batch loaf, Irwin’s is one of Northern Ireland’s most beloved brands.

Mash Direct

VIDEO: One of Northern Ireland’s biggest success stories, Mash Direct is a family owned – and run – business in Newtownards. Simple, fresh products picked from the fields and steam packed, it takes the pain out of home-cooked, healthy food.

Old staple ketchup pepped up

Luca Montorio, a native of Turin now living in Portaferry, has combined the simplest of ingredients to perfect an artisan product embracing a long tradition of homegrown products created in his ancestors' kitchens generations ago.

Just Live a Little

VIDEO: Entrepreneurial husband and wife team David and Jill Crawford’s journey started a few years ago when they sold the yoghurt and granola that they had created in the kitchen of their Portaferry farmhouse at local markets, before catching the attention of Northern Ireland’s leading hotel chains.