Spar renews sponsorship of agricultural show in Northern Ireland

Spar: supporting local producers

Spar: supporting local producers

Spar has renewed its platinum sponsorship of the Balmoral Show, 16–18 May 2012 at the King’s Hall, Belfast.

According to the retailer, the move underlines its commitment and support of the agricultural sector and local suppliers.

Paddy Doody, sales and marketing director at Henderson Wholesale (Spar), said: “Spar is delighted to once again be supporting the Balmoral Show as a platinum sponsor. The Balmoral Show is a fantastic platform for local producers and enables them to showcase their latest innovations to the marketplace. It also allows long-standing organisations the chance to highlight their consistent and enduring level of quality.”

Spar, which recently celebrated its 50th year in Northern Ireland serving local communities, has been a firm supporter of local suppliers and producers and, as a Group, said its key focus for 2012 is to continue to grow fresh local produce credentials.

“We already work extremely close with local suppliers across Northern Ireland and actively promote their products across our stores,” said Doody. “In fact, over 75% of our fresh products sold through the Henderson Group are produced, packed and distributed on the island of Ireland.

“Given the current economic climate, it now more than ever, vital we invest in local farmers, suppliers and communities, in order to harness innovation and excellence within Northern Ireland.”

Colin McDonald, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) chief executive, said: “It is very encouraging Henderson Wholesale have continued their sponsorship for a second year. This demonstrates how highly respected the show is and the value they put on their relationship with it.  We want to thank them for their dedication and support which is extremely important to the success of the Show. ”

The Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank runs from 16-18 May 2012 and is open from 8.30am–8.00pm daily.  For more information on the Show visit