Over the next 12 months the select group will be offered free exhibition space in Tesco stores across the province to promote their brands and products.

The local sampling initiative is part of the ongoing Tesco Taste Northern Ireland campaign aimed at supporting Northern Ireland food and its producers.

Jacquelyn in cafe

Jacquelyn Stewart from Squeeze Wheatgrass welcomed the opportunity to showcase their products to local shoppers.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for Northern Irish companies to bring their products to customers who may not be aware that the product is produced and available here in Northern Ireland. Tesco’s continued support for local producers is much appreciated and Squeeze Wheatgrass are delighted to have been selected to take part in the campaign.”

Caoimhe Mannion, Marketing Manager for Tesco NI, said: “The local sampling showcases are a great way for our customers to engage with producers and try some of their delicious products.

“They are also a great opportunity for ambitious local companies to increase awareness and sales.”

Tesco is the largest single buyer of local Northern Ireland produce, spending more than £550million in the province annually. It has more than 90 local suppliers and it stocks more than 1,200 local products.