Muckamore Women’s Institute President Elizabeth Gray and ladies welcomed Gareth McAnlis, Head of Food Development, Henderson Group/Eurospar, to their September meeting.
Gareth gave a very interesting presentation on his education, how he was introduced to cooking, his love of food science, and how he introduces artisan “hidden gem” producers to stores.
He studied food science at Queen’s University and then began his career in the Milk Marketing Board before travelling around the world in other positions. Eventually he wished to return home and was fortunate to continue his career with the Henderson Group.
He informed the institute how the store studies shoppers’ habits and how they like to buy local produce.
Henderson Group benefits from the wish to buy local as it largely uses suppliers within the Province, meaning it was able to continue to stock its shelves at the beginning of the Covid pandemic.
Gareth very kindly presented samples of local produce to the members.
Mrs J McCollam proposed the Vote of Thanks to Gareth for giving such an informative presentation.
The competition for the evening was a Royal Souvenir, which was judged by Mr McAnlis, and the winners were Elizabeth Gray, Joan Gray and Jean McCollam.
The Birthday Girls for July were Jean McCollam, August Sharon Carson and September Ethel Younger.
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