Tom Durcan Meats Signs €250,000 Deal With SuperValu To Supply Award Winning Spiced Beef

Tom Durcan Meats, the award winning butchers in Cork’s English Market, has secured a contract for €250,000 to exclusively supply SuperValu, Ireland’s leading independent supermarket network, with its award winning Spiced Beef, which is used in leading restaurants such as Chapter One.

The nationwide contract was secured following a pilot scheme across SuperValu’s Cork stores, where the well-known local delicacy surpassed all sales expectations. The product will now go on sale in 150 SuperValu stores across the country. The company’s cooked sliced spiced beef recently won a bronze medal at the Blas na hEireann, Irish Food Awards.

Commenting about the contact, Tom Durcan said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to offer my award winning Spiced Beef to the whole country and I am very grateful to SuperValu for giving me this opportunity. Made with my own secret spice cure, it is sure to whet the appetite of dinner tables across the country. Four tonnes of our Spiced Beef is sold across the counter at our stall in the English Market in Cork during the Christmas period alone. I expect its popularity to multiply now having secured this contract with SuperValu.

Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, added: “This contract with Tom Durcan Meats is another sign of our unwavering commitment to Irish suppliers. As the biggest supporter of the Irish food industry based on the amount SuperValu purchases from Irish suppliers, this is an example of how we help small Irish local food companies build a national footprint, and I sure this well-known Cork delicacy will soon have pride of place on many tables across the Country. This listing also helps us drive forward our SuperValu strategy to expand our range of speciality meats, with a focus on artisan Irish producers, and to provide high quality authentic products at affordable prices.”

SuperValu is the only retailer to source 100% of its meat from Ireland. All its beef, lamb, pork, bacon and chicken is born, bred and reared in Ireland, representing €183 million in retail sales or the equivalent of 95,000 cattle, 90,000 lambs and 12.5m chickens. Kantar Market Data reports that SuperValu retains the largest market share of the beef, lamb and pork market in Ireland.

SuperValu only stocks ‘Grade 1’ meat and ‘Class 1’ fruit and vegetables, ensuring consumers are provided with the best of Irish produce whenever possible. In addition, SuperValu also has the biggest network of qualified butchers, with our 400 butchers employed across our network of 194 stores.

In 2011 the total purchases of Irish goods and services made by SuperValu, was worth over €1.6bn to the Irish economy, serving to both create and protect almost 30,000 Irish jobs in the farm, food and retail sector.  SuperValu is the only supermarket with a store in every county, with 194 stores across Ireland.

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Musgrave MarketPlace Invests €2 Million In New Waterford Cash & Carry Site

Musgrave Wholesale Partners today officially opened their new MarketPlace cash & carry outlet at a new site on Kilbarry Road, Co. Waterford. €2 million has been invested in the new outlet bringing Musgrave’s total investment in its MarketPlace network to €10 million to-date, with an additional €3 million to be invested in branch revamps over the next three years.

The new 56,000 square foot outlet employs 70 staff, making it the largest cash & carry in the south-east of Ireland, with over 15,000 products in stock.

The state-of-the-art premises, which boast an innovative, customer-friendly layout and enhanced shopping experience, will also offer customers a new on-line ordering service, the first of its kind in Ireland, which will launch at the end of the month.

As part of Musgrave’s investment in price reductions, on-going promotions in store will be supported by fresh meat deals, best in market pricing on fruit & veg as well as newly introduced Musgrave SmartBuy products which are up to 40% cheaper than their branded equivalent.

The new Marketplace store will see the launch of new initiatives such as a meat-cutting service, freshly baked breads and 300 car park spaces. The store also offers a tailored range of products to reflect the changing trends in the market including products sourced directly from the Far East for Asian restaurants, returnable glass bottles and kegs for the Pub trade and party foods for hotels and caterers. The new store will stock over 750 chilled and frozen products as part of an increased chilled and frozen section of 10,000 sq ft, quadruple the capacity of the previous site.

Commenting at the opening, Musgrave MarketPlace Managing Director Noel Keeley, said: “Our latest investment in the Marketplace network is a vote of confidence in Waterford, the brand, our team here on the ground, and our customers both locally and across the region. We now have a Marketplace cash & carry that really showcases our brand essence of ‘first for value, first for choice and first for service’. Ensuring we offer our customers the best in value, the widest, most appropriate ranges and unparalleled customer service.

Musgrave MarketPlace commenced trading in Waterford in 1998 with the purchase of Fanning’s cash & carry which had originally opened in Keane’s Road in 1978.

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Good taste tells!

Taste is, they say, subjective. We would beg to differ – just slightly. Blas na hÉireann is a very big blind tasting competition — the biggest of its kind in the world. With expert chefs, foodies and food scientists from UCC making up the judges at the Blas na hEireann National Irish Food Awards digging into a couple of thousand food products there was a fair chance that they would agree more than disagree. And that makes the fact that the SuperValu Range won 14 medals — the top performance by an Irish retailer — even more impressive. Also, and on a mildly patriotic note, Blas na hÉireann is a great reminder of how seriously Ireland takes its home-produced food. Raising the bar as high as possible for food production and supply is an aim always worth supporting and keeps us and our partners very much on our toes — which is just how we like it.

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High marks for hygiene

Fresh food, good service, community involvement, local supply. We pride ourselves on making highly visible strides in all these areas alongside our partners. Less obvious, perhaps, is the work that we and they do to ensure quality, excellence and hygiene.

For that reason SuperValu and Centra’s impressive performance at the National Quality and Excellence Awards, held in Dublin recently, is a welcome recognition of everything we try to do in this area. Our retail partners and brands were recognised for quality in a number of categories, with Keane’s SuperValu, Killorglin, Co. Kerry taking the accolades as overall winner of the National Q Mark Award. That’s not bad when you consider that there were 110 other finalists.

Recognising the stores that not only excel but intend to keep doing so and even improving in food safety and hygiene is a very positive gesture from the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA), one that underlines not only Ireland’s international reputation in food supply but its commitment to excellence in food hygiene. It’s a commitment we’re proud to support.

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Irish convenience retail stars on an international stage

Convenience retail faces both a challenge and an opportunity in the present economic climate. The challenge is the same as for everyone else: to keep or even grow market share when consumers are watching their cents more than ever. The opportunity is that many consumers will prefer to shop as the need arises to avoid overspending; convenience stores are well positioned to allow that.

But convenience retailing also means so much more than quick, easy shop: it means being innovative, organized, reasonably priced, reliable and offering great service. That, we firmly believe, is why Murphy’s Centra in Rochestown, Cork was honoured over so many other convenience stories on the world stage at the Insight NACS International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award 2012.

Insight is an international retail strategy, research, events and publishing business. And yes, that word is international. These are global awards highlighting excellence in convenience retailing and taking into account range, layout, customer service, people development, corporate social responsibility, technology and results. Centra Rochestown majors on all of those and notably on community involvement as both a shopping facility and a supporter of local producers, community initiatives and sports.

Many of its Irish peers are very aware that Centra Rochestown has understood both the challenge and the opportunity facing modern convenience retail. We’re thrilled that its efforts have also been recognised on an international stage.

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