Irish Hampers... When an Irish Hamper is not really an Irish Hamper
Recently the Irish Gourmet has received a plethora of Christmas brochures from around the UK and Ireland. We get them from the likes of Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Fortnum & Masons and a few other top regional companies. There are a few companies in Ireland, and on the high street I always cast my eye over the range of hampers in Belfast and Dublin's leading delicatessens.
What I'm seeing is very little in the way of Irish products in their hampers and baskets. Now I understand that the IrishGourmet is unique in that it offers Luxury Irish food within the United Kingdom and relies very little on the local population. However, if its a genuine taste of Ireland that you wish to send, then the irony is that the only place you can expect to order this is in the UK province of Northern Ireland where it will then be re-exported back to the Republic of Ireland.
High Street Delis in Ireland and the North contain "luxury" food products from around Europe on the basis that they can achieve higher margins. So for those looking to support the small local Irish food producers, the Irish Gourmet is the only commpany to use.