Clean sweep for SuperValu at 2008 Quality Awards

180 SuperValu stores have just been awarded Excellence Ireland Hygiene & Food Safety certificates at its annual Quality Awards, demonstrating SuperValu’s commitment to rigorous quality standards. The National Hygiene programme, devised by Excellence Ireland Quality Association provides independent verification of the highest standards of hygiene and food safety in the food sector.

The National Hygiene and Food Safety Certificates were presented by Donal Horgan, Managing Director of SuperValu. SuperValu retailers from all over Ireland gathered at the annual awards ceremony including SuperValu Newmarket Co-Op, O’Keffee’s SuperValu Millstreet, Twohig’s SuperValu Kanturk, Dano’s SuperValu Mallow and Reidy’s SuperValu Mitchelstown.

With 180 stores awarded the EIQA Hygiene & Food Safety Certificate, SuperValu remains the supermarket network with the best representation within the EIQA Hygiene and Food Safety programme, having been awarded more National Hygiene Certificates than any other supermarket.

SuperValu spends €6 million annually on an integrated approach to food safety and quality assurance and invests over half a million euro, each year, in store hygiene systems.

In addition, 61 stores received the SuperValu Supreme Quality Award. Receipt of the ‘SuperValu Supreme Quality Award’ is based on the accumulated total of highest Excellence

Ireland audit scores received over the past three years.

Commenting at the awards ceremony, Donal Horgan, Managing Director, SuperValu, said, “SuperValu is committed to meeting and exceeding the highest standards of food safety and quality. Being awarded the EIQA Hygiene & Food Safety Certificate doesn’t simply mean that we keep our shops floors clean, this hygiene quality ethos is embedded in our DNA and is maintained throughout the food chain, from production right through to sales.”

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Musgrave GB strengthens its reputation for value

Budgens is strengthening its reputation for value. By launching around 50 new lines under the ‘Good Value’ label in 2009 it is supporting its retail partners in these challenging economic times.  

Says Phil Smith, Managing Director Budgens: “We will continue to put our retail partners at the heart of everything that we do. Developing our retail brands and strengthening our reputation for value is just another way of demonstrating this. These new ‘Good Value’ products respond to consumers’ needs in the current economic climate, offering both good quality and value for money.

Initially a core range of 18 fresh lines for Budgens are being introduced during January. These include pre-packs of bacon, ham, cheese, apples and tomatoes. These will be followed by around 30 impulse and staple products.

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SuperValu-sponsored big bus drives 35,000 miles

The Action Cancer Big Bus mobile unit, which is the first of its kind in Europe, has now travelled 35,000 miles and it reaches the milestone as the charity that developed it marks the end of its 35 anniversary.

Action Cancer, Northern Ireland’s leading cancer charity, was established by renowned cancer specialist Dr George Edelstyn in February 1973 and the leading charity has been celebrating the anniversary year with a series of events.

The Big Bus, which is sponsored by SuperValu and its independent retailers, was launched in 2006 by Gloria Hunniford, whose daughter Caron Keating died from breast cancer in 2004.

Since the service was launched 11,000 people have used the unique screening, support and health promotion facilities onboard the 18 metre-long unit, including 7,000 women who have been screened for breast cancer. The unit visits 12 SuperValu stores a year, to bring services to staff and customers.

As part of SuperValu’s award-winning commitment to Action Cancer’s mobile cancer services, which they have sponsored since 2001, the independent retail group is funding over £600,000 towards the £1.5 million needed for the Big Bus in the first three years, including the annual running costs of £120,000.

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