Silver Pail Dairy to supply our own-label ice-cream

Thursday 29th April, 2021

This week, we were delighted to announce that we have entered into a new €1.4 million contract with Cork company Silver Pail Dairy to supply our Tesco own-label ice-cream. Made with locally sourced milk, Silver Pail Dairy will supply a range of tub, block and pint-sized ice-cream products to stores nationwide, and through our online shopping service.

Joe Manning, our Commercial Director, said he was pleased to support Silver Pail Dairy, a local, family business as part of our commitment to Irish suppliers:

This new partnership with Silver Pail reflects our focus on supporting Irish suppliers, Irish agrifood and the Irish economy. We are committed to our 490 Irish suppliers, of which many are local, family-run businesses like Silver Pail, and which in turn benefits almost 14,000 farming families nationwide.

I’m very proud, particularly as a Cork-man, that the entire Tesco own-label ice-cream range now comes from Fermoy, made using milk from West Cork farms. This is good news for local farmers, the local economy and for our customers around Ireland, who will receive a product of exceptional quality and provenance.”

A family business, employing 90 people in Fermoy, Silver Pail was founded in 1978 by Michael Murphy, and has grown to become the largest independent ice cream manufacturer in Ireland.

The company is now run by Michael’s daughter, Managing Director, Thea Murphy who, commenting on Silver Pail’s new contract with Tesco, said:

“As a family run business in operation for over 40 years, we are delighted to work with Tesco to develop this new range which showcases the best local dairy produce in delicious ice-creams which will be sold throughout Ireland.   The contract to supply ice-cream to Tesco is a significant addition to our business and further secures the jobs of our local workforce and many local and Irish suppliers.”

Silver Pail Dairy joins the 490 suppliers that we work with in Ireland, of which almost three-quarters are small and medium enterprises employing fewer than 250 people. This in turn supports almost 14,000 farming families nationwide.