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Comber potato fans need wait no longer as local supplier, Glens of Antrim Potatoes, prepares to harvest and deliver its first batch of new season spuds to Asda stores across Northern Ireland this weekend.

The EU protected Comber Earlies are grown in and around the village of Comber in Co. Down – an area known for its fertile soil and favourable climatic conditions – and are one of the most popular local potato varieties in Northern Ireland.

David Morrow from Glens of Antrim Potatoes commented, “Comber potatoes, which gained official PGI status in 2012, are known the world over for their high quality and delicious flavour. We’ve been working in partnership with members of the ‘Comber Earlies Growers Co-Operative’ over the last few months to plant and cultivate this local delicacy and we’ve now reached the optimum time to harvest. We’re thrilled to be able to share our first delivery of this season’s Comber potatoes with Asda customers this week.”

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Posted in Press Centre on 06 June 2014
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At Asda we’re committed to delivering great value and quality to our customers, while making sure we treat suppliers fairly and reduce waste and harm to the environment.

We have had an enduring and heartfelt commitment to sustainability, which goes hand-in-hand with our promise to deliver low cost every day and our mission to be Britain’s most trusted retailer.

Our programme aims to bolster Asda’s resilience to the risks of climate change. We’ve carried out what we believe is a wide ranging analysis of long term climate trends and the implications for our supply chains and business operations. Now we’re going to implement a framework to adapt to these.

We know that this century will see changes in climate that we have to deal with; in fact some of these impacts have already been seen, with extreme weather events disrupting communities, infrastructure and business right across Britain.

The role of responsible business is to adapt to change, help others to do so, and work with suppliers and customers to make sure we cut carbon emissions and deliver a more stable climate future for our children.

Asda is proud to take a lead.

Paul Kelly,Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Asda

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Posted in Press Centre on 12 June 2014
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  • The average UK household had £171 a week of discretionary income in May 2014, up £4 a week year-on-year
  • The latest increase is the eighth consecutive month that families have seen their discretionary incomes rise year on year
  • Household budgets were bolstered by a sharp slowdown in essential items inflation, particularly the cost of food, clothes and mortgage interest payments. In addition to this, the cost of plane tickets fell 3.2% in time for the half term break.

The latest Asda Income Tracker has revealed that family spending power continued to rise year on year for the eighth month in a row in May, reinforcing the economy’s steady path towards recovery. According to the latest figures, released today, the average UK family had £171 a week of discretionary income – the income left once taxes and the spend on essentials like rent, utilities and bills have been deducted – in May 2014, £4 a week higher than a year before.

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Posted in Press Centre on 23 June 2014