Musgrave will introduce Budgens branded products to stores in Northern Ireland this week as it explores potential synergies from its acquisition of the British chain.
It is also considering trialling Budgens own label in stores in the Irish Republic.
The products ­ own label ready meals ­ will be sold in a small number of Centra and SuperValu stores on a trial basis. Other product categories will be explored in due course.
Musgrave UK executive chairman Eoin McGettigan said Musgrave always aimed to support local manufacturers, "but in some cases it may be appropriate to introduce the Budgens brand in stores in Northern Ireland, where Budgens is not a known retail brand, especially on innovative products".

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