Food NI exhibits Lisburn produce in Westminster

Left to Right- Alice McIlhagger Brambleberry Jams and Kate Hoey MP
Left to Right- Alice McIlhagger Brambleberry Jams and Kate Hoey MP

Products from two Lisburn food and drink companies were showcased alongisde other produce from Northern Ireland recently in the House of Commons in London.

Brambleberry Jams and Johnson’s Coffee were two of the companies showcased after Food NI was invited by local MPs David Simpson and Margaret Ritchie as well as members of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee to highlight food and drink from 14 local companies.

Michele Shirlow, Food NI chief executive, said: “We introduced top politicians, officials and other guests to many of our fantastic flavours of Northern Ireland as we mark our first Year of Food and Drink.

“They also sampled flavours from Northern Ireland prepared by Paula McIntyre, a leading Northern Ireland chef and a great champion of artisan food and drink.

“This was a momentous occasion and an opportunity to showcase the innovation in food and drink.

“There was a fantastic buzz throughout Westminster as a result of the event and we were delighted with the reaction from Parliamentarians from across the UK.

“I would like to thank both David and Margaret for their efforts to date and I look forward to closer engagement in the years ahead.

“The presentation was another excellent example of the tremendous support from our local politicians for our campaign to help to accelerate the growth of Northern Ireland’s biggest industry and for initiatives within the framework of Year of Food and Drink.”