Broighter Gold, Northern Ireland’s multi-award-winning rapeseed oil producer, has won its first business with one of the UK’s top supermarkets.
The company, based on a family farm, near Limavady in county Derry, has begun to supply gift packs of its original and infused oils to nine Sainsbury’s stores across Northern Ireland. The attractive pack contains four 150ml bottles at RRP £12.99.
Leona Kane, who founded Broighter Gold in 2011 with husband Richard as a farm diversification project, says: “We were delighted when Sainsbury’s approached us to supply our Christmas ‘golden’ gift pack. This is a very exciting time for our family business. It’s tremendously encouraging our products on the shelves in Sainsbury’s.”
The pack includes virgin cold-pressed oils infused with rosemary and garlic, lemon, chilli, and basil.
Broighter Gold, in addition, is launching its rosemary and garlic, and chilli oils in 500ml bottles.
In addition to its success throughout Ireland and in achieving top international awards for excellence including several UK Great Taste Awards, Broighter Gold supplies its products to La Grande Epicerie de Paris and Brown Thomas in Dublin.
The oils are used by leading chefs, including Dublin’s Clodagh McKenna, as an alternative to olive oil because of the high content of Omega 3,6,9 and Vitamin E and also because rapeseed is probably the most versatile cooking oil. Broighter Gold oil also has half the saturated fat of olive oil.
The small business has won a string of UK Great Taste Awards for the oils produced from oil seed rape grown on the family’s Broglasco Farm, which overlooks Lough
The fertile ground grows high yielding crops of wheat, barley, oilseed and potatoes. Ireland’s greatest find of gold artefacts from the Iron Age of the 1st century BC was found on the farm and is now held by the national Museum of Ireland.
In addition to the development of rapeseed oil, Broighter Gold has expanded into industrial tourism by developing an exhibition centre through the international EconoMusee network that enables visitors to see how the oils are produced and used in cooking.