Tesco Ireland has announced at its annual supplier conference today (16 May) in Dublin that it has signed up to a new partnership with Irish supplier, Monaghan-based Celtic Pure, in a deal worth €3 million.
Owned and managed by the McEneaney family, the company will supply over two million five-litre 'Drumlin Hills' Tesco water bottles to the retailer over a two year period.
The family-run business has nearly doubled in size since 2017, growing its production from 80 million litres of water to 150 million litres.
'This growth has been led by the company’s investment in automation technologies, while maintaining its workforce,' the retailer highlighted in a statement.
“Celtic Pure’s growth story is a testament to its innovative business approach and growing strength as a brand," explained Joe Manning, commercial director, Tesco.
Capacity and Quality
The water is still sourced from the original family spring at Corcreagh, which has been used by the McEneaney family for well over 200 years.
“We’re confident in the quality of our products and our capacity to build our offering for customers like Tesco in the Irish market," Padraig McEneaney, Celtic Pure’s co-founder said.
"Our long-term focus has been to streamline our systems to ensure we meet our growth expectations and to meet surging customer demand."
From 'humble beginnings', the Celtic Pure brand now offers a complete range of bottled water to the retail, food service and wholesale sectors employs over 75 people.
“Our partnership with Celtic Pure, a successful Irish family business, brings together two key attributes of which we’re very proud at Tesco; our commitment to supporting Irish suppliers and the provision of high quality, innovative products that customers will enjoy." Manning added.
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