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43 British & Irish business leaders successfully complete Bikes Against Bombs Cycle Challenge in Vietnam

Cycling over 400 kilometres across two provinces in Vietnam, participants – all senior leaders from the UK’s Wholesale and Convenience Retail sector – spent five days between April 14th and 18th overcoming gruelling conditions to complete the endurance challenge, raising so far over £270,000, exceeding their original £250,000 target.


NI Food to Go Association announces inaugural Awards to enhance local industry

New awards launched by the Northern Ireland Food to Go Association will celebrate and help grow the local businesses that make up the vibrant take away and food to go sector here.


Next stop London for Student Alex after winning Northern Ireland FutureChef final with a vegan twist

Northern Ireland’s latest Springboard FutureChef winner has been announced, with Alex Scates heading through to the UK-wide final with her vegan meal for two which impressed the local panel of chef judges.


Record turnover for Henderson Foodservice as Fresh Connections pave way for future

TWENTY-twenty-three was Henderson Foodservice’s best ever year, it was announced at the company’s annual staff conference recently.

Managing Director Cathal Geoghegan announced sales in 2023 reached £225 million, an increase of 19.7% on 2022, which Mr Geoghegan attributed to “teamwork and everyone pitching in towards a common goal”.


Henderson Foodservice signs exclusive supply deal with K&G McAtamney

An exclusive supply deal between Henderson Foodservice and K&G McAtamney Wholesale Meats will support the local agri-business industry with multi-million pound sales over the next five years.


And with that the 2023 season comes to an end, what a year for Henderson Foodservice!

Service levels at 99% ... 300 new products listed ... £22,000+ raised for charities ... 14 new vehicles ... 18 new Barista Bar sites ... and over 10 awards for the business and our staff, what a year we had. 

Click through to read more about what our team acheived this year and get a taste of what is still to come in 2024!


Henderson Foodservice delivers Gold Medal standards in final Awards ceremony of the year

Henderson Foodservice, a leading supplier to the hospitality industry across Ireland is closing out an award-winning year with two more accolades from the prestigious FWD (Federation of Wholesale Distributors) Gold Medal Awards 2023.

The company, part of the Henderson Group, brought home the awards for Best Use of Data and Insight and Telesales Star from the London ceremony.


Leading supplier reaps rewards for online sales growth across Ireland

Henderson Foodservice, a leading supplier to the hospitality industry across Ireland is attributing a flurry of prestigious recent award wins to its growth in online sales over the past two years.

At the recent Irish eComm Awards held in Dublin, Henderson Foodservice was the most successful company on the night, taking home four awards throughout the all-island contest, including Overall Irish Ecommerce Website of the Year, triumphing over big brands including Brown Thomas, Petstop.ie and An Post.


Henderson Foodservice launch Effortless Magic Christmas campaign to boost hospitality this festive season

One of Ireland’s leading foodservice companies has launched a range of exclusive products and services to help hospitality businesses boost their resources, footfall and sales this Christmas.

Henderson Foodservice’s Effortless Magic brings a combination of local suppliers and new and exclusive products which aim to relieve the stress chefs and caterers face during the busiest time of the year.


Henderson Foodservice Celebrates Victory as Supplier of the Year at 2023 Institute of Hospitality Northern Ireland Awards

Henderson Foodservice, a leading player in the Northern Ireland hospitality industry, is thrilled to announce its well-deserved victory as the Supplier of the Year at the prestigious 2023 Institute of Hospitality Northern Ireland Awards. 


Henderson Foodservice are finalists in four categories at the Irish Ecommerce Awards

Henderson Foodservice are delighted to announce that they have been nominated for four awards at the Irish eCommerce Awards: 

  • Food & Drink Website of the Year (Highly Commended in 2022)
  • B2B Website of the Year
  • Business Growth Award (Winner in 2022)
  • Inhouse Team of the year 

Passion, resilience and collaboration celebrated at Henderson Foodservice annual conference and awards

Henderson Foodservice, a leading supplier to the hospitality industry on the island of Ireland, congregated its team recently at its annual conference, celebrating new customers and suppliers, growing food trends in Northern Ireland, while taking a look back at the highlights of the past 12 months.


Henderson Foodservice extends congratulations to NI winner of national FutureChef competition

Henderson Foodservice, a leading supplier to the hospitality industry across the island of Ireland, and Northern Ireland sponsor of the prestigious Springboard FutureChef competition, has extended their congratulations to the overall UK winner, Kristen Nugent from St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley.

Business Development Chef, Geoff Baird oversaw dozens of young hopefuls’ cooking skills during this year’s NI heats, which Kristen won in January 2023 and says he hopes the future of hospitality recruitment is in good hands with the ambitious young folk he has been working with in recent months. 


Henderson Foodservice supports fresh batch of NI chefs at FutureChef competition

Over the past month, budding chefs from schools and colleges across Northern Ireland have been cooking up a storm in a bid to win their regional heats of the annual FutureChef competition.

Supported for the second year by Henderson Foodservice, a leading supplier to the hospitality industry in Ireland, FutureChef is the flagship educational programme by charity Springboard, which is committed to nurturing young talent and promoting hospitality as a great place to work.


Henderson Foodservice retains Best Managed Company status for ninth consecutive year

Henderson Foodservice has been named one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies, for the ninth consecutive year.

The awards programme is led by Deloitte Ireland in association with Bank of Ireland, promoting and recognising excellence in Irish and northern Irish owned and managed companies, and is the only awards scheme on the island of Ireland that considers a business’ performance from every perspective.


Henderson Foodservice digital innovations recognised at eCommerce awards

Henderson Foodservice, the leading supplier to the foodservice industry in Ireland, has been announced as a winner at the Irish eCommerce Awards for the innovation and growth of its online retail proposition.

The company, based in Mallusk won the Business Growth award and picked up highly commended for Food and Drink eCommerce Website of the Year.


Henderson Foodservice honours industry in recovery mode as annual conference and awards make their return

Henderson Foodservice, recognised its continued role in the recovery of the industry as their annual conference returned this month.

Speaking at the Full Steam Ahead conference with customers, staff and suppliers at Titanic Belfast last week, Managing Director Cathal Geoghegan acknowledged the company’s successes during the pandemic, the challenges in the wider industry, and its response to aide recovery alongside their customers and suppliers.


Michael takes the winning plate as he is crowned Northern Ireland’s FutureChef 2022

Michael Thompson from East Belfast has impressed local and international chefs to be crowned the NI winner of Springboard’s FutureChef competition 2022.

The NI Final took place today at Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter campus, where the 15-year-old Campbell College pupil whipped up a plate of stuffed chicken breast and thigh, chicken mousseline, buttery mash and chicken jus followed by an apple tart tatin with Chantilly cream and sugar spirals to wow the judges, Chef Geoff Baird from competition sponsor, Henderson Foodservice, Restauranteur and Chef Michael Deane and celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.


NI’s FutureChefs reveal what’s in their 2022 meal

Tomorrow (Thursday 10th February 2022), five young and passionate cooks will go head-to-head at the Springboard FutureChef NI Final, judged by some of the biggest names in local and international culinary fame and supported by Henderson Foodservice, the leading supplier to the hospitality industry across Ireland.

Celebrity Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli and local restauranteur and chef, Michael Deane will join Food Development Chef, Geoff Baird from Henderson Foodservice to decide which of the five teenagers - Olivia Drain from Ballymena Academy, Michael Thompson from Campbell College, Ewan McCandless from Wallace High School, Kristen Nugent from St. Ciaran’s College and Faith Belshaw from Newtownhamilton High School – will travel to London in March for the UK-wide final.


Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli looking for young ambitious chefs across Northern Ireland

Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli is calling on young budding chefs across Northern Ireland to take part and compete in Springboard’s annual FutureChef competition, as part of his new role as Head Judge.

As Head Judge of FutureChef Northern Ireland, Jean-Christophe will oversee the development of young chefs – aged 12-16 – across different stages of the competition, before announcing the winner of the regional finals at Belfast Metropolitan College on Thursday 10 February 2022.


Henderson Foodservice invests £16 million in new warehouse

Henderson Foodservice has unveiled a new £16 million warehouse facility as part of an ongoing re-development of Henderson Group’s Mallusk complex which began back in 2010.

The Foodservice team accelerated the move to the 190,000 square foot ambient and chilled distribution centre, to support the hospitality sector as it rolled out a phased opening to the public with the easing of lockdown restrictions.


Global E-Commerce Award for Henderson Foodservice

Henderson Foodservice has been recognised with a leadership award from global PXM solutions provider Akeneo just seven months after launching its new website.

One of only five winners globally, the accolade was revealed earlier in April at Akeneo’s Unlock 2021 summit.


Henderson Foodservice & Clandeboye Lodge in bumper food delivery for local foodbank

We were delighted to support our customer, Clandeboye Lodge, with delivering nearly £2,000 worth of food to a local charity foodbank, Storehouse North Down. The initiative was supported by guests who also donated through the Clandeboye Lodge gift voucher campaign over Christmas and New Year.

Food Poverty has been highlighted in the media recently with the added impact of the Covid-19 crisis being felt by so many in our local community. There have been many families in the local area struggling to feed themselves at this time and Clandeboye Lodge were keen to do something to help.