10 YEARS PLANTINUM – SPAR NI returns as Platinum Sponsor of Balmoral Show
The Balmoral Show returns this Autumn after over two years, and SPAR NI is continuing its long-term support of The Show, celebrating its 10th year as a Platinum Sponsor for the biggest agricultural event in Northern Ireland.
As the sector battles through the challenges of the past few years, from Brexit to COVID, SPAR NI remains committed to those local suppliers who have kept food on their store shelves and are championing local farmers and producers more than ever before.
Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group which owns SPAR in Northern Ireland recently attended the launch of the 2021 Balmoral Show and says their local links are what sets them apart in the local grocery sector, with their roster of local suppliers growing year on year.
300 SPAR stores
“There are now 300 SPAR stores in Northern Ireland, all of which are supplied by Northern Ireland’s top food suppliers, farmers and producers, distributed from our Wholesale warehouse in Mallusk. Providing fresh, local and quality produce for our stores is what we excel at, and that couldn’t be achieved without our links with the agri-food community here in Northern Ireland.
“Our fresh and ambient food team have worked side by side with the hundreds of producers that stock our shelves and make up our own-brand fresh products, especially during the challenges of COVID and Brexit from the past couple of years. It is more important than ever to keep our local agri-food industry thriving and we are looking forward to the opportunities The Balmoral Show brings for those in the sector to continue what they do best.”
Iconic red stetson
SPAR NI will open the on-site shop for both exhibitors and visitors, where fresh sandwiches, snacks and coffees can be purchased. Visitors can also pick up a now iconic red Stetson SPAR hat for a donation, all proceeds of which go towards charity partners, Marie Curie and Cancer Fund for Children.
Bronagh finished; “The Balmoral Show has also always been a fantastic opportunity for us to support our charity partners, and we look forward to seeing red SPAR hats popping up throughout the Show this year, especially as we continue to fundraise through SPAR NI’s 60th anniversary for Marie Curie.”
SPAR is also sponsoring the entertainment zones for Balmoral this year, including the SPAR Arena which will have a host of family entertainment, as well as the SPAR Children’s Farm in the Healthy Horticulture Village.
The Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank will return to Balmoral Park from Wednesday 22nd September to Saturday 25th September 2021. Tickets are available to purchase online.