Upbeat news despite the downturn

Hello again to all of you who were in attendance mid-June for the official opening of SuperValu’s new store in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. We do hope you enjoyed it. And a big thank-you (again) to Marty Morrissey, the popular RTE TV and GAA sports presenter for doing the honours.

It’s encouraging that new stores can open in a period of economic difficulty — and even more so when they don’t stint on quality. The Miltown opening offered, alongside the expected fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish offering, expert butchers and exclusive breads from its own in-store bakery department. And if you fancy a beer with your curry or Thai, or a wine with your salad or casserole, there’s a lot of choice there too – along with a nearby sports complex, children’s playground and 132 car parking spaces.

And it’s not just in Clare that SuperValu is making news. Readers near The Glen, New Road, Kinsale are probably aware that SuperValu’s new store in that area will open next year and – even though it’s pretty big in its own right – will be part of a larger development. That development includes a 17,000 sq ft Primary Care Centre. The existing SuperValu store will become a Centra so both the weekly and the quick shop will be catered for.

As ever, though, it’s the underlying message we want to highlight here. The Kinsale store owner Michael Smith is expanding his store due to market demand. That expansion in turn will involve new jobs and, as a knock-on effect, further economic activity. The same goes for the Miltown Malbay opening.

Now we’re not going to proclaim a new dawn for the Irish economy just yet. But we do believe that, even at a time of relative difficulty for many shoppers, shopping habits may adjust but choice, quality and local supply and availability still matter – and that offering all of these is good for the economy. These new openings indicate that quite a few shoppers agree with us.

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SuperValu Grange wins Best Medium Supermarket at ‘Best in Fresh’ Awards

Ryan’s SuperValu, Grange has scooped the prestigious Best Medium Supermarket award at the annual Checkout ‘Best in Fresh’ awards. Ryan’s award is another acknowledgement of SuperValu’s ongoing commitment to delivering an unrivalled fresh food range at great value prices while continuing to support Irish suppliers.

The annual awards, hosted by Checkout magazine, recognise retailers for their outstanding contribution to fresh food retailing across the store. Some of Ireland’s most innovative multiples, independent stores, forecourts, deli’s and specialist outlets competed for the awards.

Presenting the award, the judges said “When we visited Ryan’s SuperValu Grange, at 12pm on a Saturday, this store was packed, but everything was absolutely perfect – the presentation, the array of produce, the atmosphere. It won this category last year, and it has managed, somehow, to have got even better since.”

Commenting on the award, Liam Ryan, Ryan’s SuperValu said “This award is a real testament to the commitment and dedication of the team at Grange to give our customers a great shopping experience from the time they enter the store to when they leave. This is about getting everything right in store for the consumer – good quality produce, great value and exceptional customer service.

“At Ryan’s, we believe in delivering quality fresh food that shoppers can really trust”, continued Ryan, “The quality of local food is second to none and this award is a real testament to our unwavering commitment to locally sourced produce. We believe in buying Irish whenever possible, and supporting local farmers and local producers. As with all SuperValu stores, we offer fully qualified butchers, fishmongers, bakers and fresh food experts in our store to advise and help our consumers to make the right choice to match their budget and tastes. This makes us different and better than any of our competitors.”

Stephen Wynne-Jones, Editor of Checkout Magazine congratulated SuperValu saying “The culture of quality and attention to detail that SuperValu fosters in its stores is not just the finest in Ireland, but arguably exceeds that of most of Europe. In addition, the entrepreneurial spirit of its independent store owners is indicative of the efforts made by the group to achieve optimum standards, particularly when it comes to fresh.”

SuperValu serves over 2,000,000 customers every week and has 197 stores nationwide. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland, contributing over €1.6 billion to the Irish economy and helping to sustain almost 30,000 Irish jobs in the farm, food and retail sector.

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SuperValu Clane wins ‘Best Value for Money’ Award

Condron’s SuperValu, Clane has scooped the prestigious ‘Best Value for Money’ award at the annual Checkout ‘Best in Fresh’ awards. Condron’s award is another acknowledgement of SuperValu’s ongoing commitment to delivering an unrivalled fresh food range at great value prices while continuing to support Irish suppliers.

The annual awards, hosted by Checkout magazine, recognise retailers for their outstanding contribution to fresh food retailing across the entire shopping experience. Some of Ireland’s most innovative multiples, independent stores, forecourts, deli’s and specialist outlets competed for the awards.

Presenting the award, the judges said “Condron’s SuperValu has one of the best bakery sections in the country, and the value for money here is echoed right throughout the store – a huge array of well-priced meat, fish, fruit and veg. Clear pricing, clear quality – it ticks all the boxes.”

Commenting on the award, Alan Condron, Condron’s SuperValu said “This award is a real endorsement of the good value we offer across the entire store. We believe in value and strive towards giving our customers a great value offering through everyday low prices, consistent promotional offers and a range of own brand consisting of over 2,000 products across every category. In addition, we believe in delivering good value quality fresh food that shoppers can really trust. The quality of local food is second to none and this award is a true testament of our unwavering commitment to locally sourced produce.

“We buy Irish whenever possible, enabling us to support local farmers and local producers”, continued Condron, “As with all SuperValu stores, we offer fully qualified butchers, fishmongers, bakers and fresh food experts in our store to help our consumers to make the right choice to match their budget and tastes.”

Stephen Wynne-Jones, Editor of Checkout Magazine congratulated SuperValu saying “The culture of quality and attention to detail that SuperValu fosters in its stores is not just the finest in Ireland, but arguably exceeds that of most of Europe. In addition, the entrepreneurial spirit of its independent store owners is indicative of the efforts made by the group to achieve optimum standards, particularly when it comes to fresh.”

SuperValu serves over 2,000,000 customers every week and has 197 stores nationwide. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland, contributing over €1.6 billion to the Irish economy and helping to sustain almost 30,000 Irish jobs in the farm, food and retail sector.

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A fresh chance to celebrate

It’s true that we do like to shout about the awards our partners win. But we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t think they had put in enough genuine effort to at least be worthy of consideration.

For example, we think SuperValu’s credentials in the fresh food area aren’t bad. SuperValu sold half a billion euros worth of Irish fresh food in 2012, and makes a point of only stocking fresh Irish meat. Its beef, poultry, lamb and pork is 100% born, bred and reared in Ireland.

Having made that clear, we can now let as many people as possible know that SuperValu won the Best Fresh Food Retailer award at the annual Checkout Best in Fresh awards — and another seven for good measure. Everything from creativity and value for money to championing local production and great refurbishment got a mention. We won’t go on about it, however. Do have a look at http://www.checkout.ie/Events/best-in-fresh-awards.html if you want to know more.

However, with all due modesty and a lot of seriousness, we promise that we and our partner retailers will remain aware that we are only as good as the quality of the fresh food range we are offering. So we, SuperValu and SuperValu’s army of fully qualified butchers, fishmongers, bakers and fresh food experts, promise to remain worthy of these awards — and not just because we like having something to shout about.

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SuperValu wins Best Fresh Food Retailer at Checkout ‘Best in Fresh’ Awards

SuperValu has scooped the prestigious award of Best Fresh Food Retailer at the annual Checkout ‘Best in Fresh’ awards. The award, which was one of eight won by the retailer, is another acknowledgement of SuperValu’s ongoing commitment to delivering an unbeatable fresh food range to customers while supporting Irish suppliers.

In addition to winning the title of Best Fresh Food Retailer, SuperValu also received the following awards:

  • Large Supermarket – Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty
  • Medium Supermarket – Ryan’s SuperValu Grange
  • Best Local Champion – Pettitt’s SuperValu St Aidan’s Shopping Centre, Wexford
  • Best Value For Money – Condron’s SuperValu Clane
  • Most Improved Store – Caulfield’s SuperValu Bandon
  • Best Deli – McInerney’s SuperValu Loughrea
  • Most Creative Fresh Food – Field’s SuperValu Skibbereen

SuperValu is renowned for its fresh food and offers unrivalled quality which shoppers can really trust. Its sourcing policy means that it buys Irish whenever possible. In 2012, SuperValu sold half a billion euro worth of Irish fresh food, demonstrating the consumer’s appetite to buy Irish when possible. SuperValu is the only Irish retailer to solely stock 100% fresh Irish meat. All of its beef, poultry, lamb and pork is 100% born, bred and reared in Ireland. Due to SuperValu’s community retail model, whereby stores are owned and operated by local entrepreneurs, retailers also spent an additional €75 million directly with suppliers within their local community.

Commenting on the award, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director SuperValu, said “We believe in delivering quality fresh food that shoppers can really trust. The quality of Irish food is second to none and this award is a real testament to our unwavering commitment to locally sourced produce. Our sourcing policy means that we buy Irish whenever possible, making SuperValu the number one retail supporter of the Irish food industry. As the only retailer in the country which offers fully qualified butchers, fishmongers, bakers and fresh food experts in every store, SuperValu is the brand that sets the benchmark for others to follow. To win eight top awards including ‘Best Value for money” and “Best local champion” demonstrates the commitment of our independent retailers to providing good quality food at good value prices while supporting local producers and local communities.”

SuperValu serves over 2,000,000 customers every week, has 197 stores nationwide and is committed to local employment and supporting local suppliers. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland, contributing over €1.6 billion to the Irish economy and helping to sustain almost 30,000 Irish jobs in the farm, food and retail sector.

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West Cork Stores Scoop Top Awards

Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty wins Best Large Supermarket at ‘Best in Fresh’ Awards
Field’s SuperValu, Skibbereen wins Most Creative Fresh Food Award
Caulfield’s SuperValu, Bandon wins Most Improved Store Award

Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty has scooped the prestigious Best Large Supermarket award at the annual Checkout ‘Best in Fresh’ awards and was a finalist in the strongly contested deli category. Scally’s award is another acknowledgement of SuperValu’s ongoing commitment to delivering an unbeatable fresh food range to customers while supporting Irish suppliers.

SuperValu is renowned for its fresh food and offers unrivalled quality which shoppers can really trust. Scally’s award recognises the retailer’s effort to source produce from local suppliers, while continuing to offer good value for money across the entire range.

The annual awards, hosted by Checkout magazine, recognise retailers for their outstanding contribution to fresh food retailing across the store. Some of Ireland’s most innovative multiples, independent stores, forecourts, deli’s and specialist outlets competed for the awards.

Presenting the award, the judges said “Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty is simply peerless. Eugene Scally has created something very special in West Cork, and judging by the product knowledge and passion of the staff, the array of artisan products available, and the innovations this store continues to develop, it just gets better and better.”

Eugene Scally, Scally’s SuperValu said “We believe in delivering quality fresh food that shoppers can really trust. The quality of local food is second to none and this award is a real testament to our unwavering commitment to locally sourced produce. We believe in buying Irish whenever possible, and supporting local farmers and local producers. As with all SuperValu stores, we offer fully qualified butchers, fishmongers, bakers and fresh food experts in our store. We are passionate about the quality of food we offer our customers and the continuous creativity we can bring to delivering this fresh food.”

West Cork produced two more winners when Field’s SuperValu, Skibbereen were announced as winners of the ‘Most creative fresh food retailer’ award and Caulfield’s SuperValu Bandon won the ‘Most Improved Store’ award.

Fields scooped the award for its creativity and attention to detail throughout the store. The judges made particular reference to its bakery which is synonymous with Fields, along with its meat and seafood counters. They said it was a really enjoyable place to shop with its outstanding customer service, staff friendliness and local produce allowing you to sample the best of what West Cork has to offer.

Caulfield’s SuperValu, Bandon got a special mention from the judges saying, “The refurbishment of Caulfield’s SuperValu took just eight weeks to complete and with careful management it meant very little disruption to customers. However, it has brought this store forward several years in terms of how it presents and markets fresh produce. Really bright and appealing all the way through; a joy to visit on all scores.”

Stephen Wynne-Jones, Editor of Checkout Magazine congratulated the SuperValu winners saying “The culture of quality and attention to detail that SuperValu fosters in its stores is not just the finest in Ireland, but arguably exceeds that of most of Europe. In addition, the entrepreneurial spirit of its independent store owners – from Carndonagh to Castletownbere – is indicative of the efforts made by the group to achieve optimum standards, particularly when it comes to fresh.”

SuperValu serves over 2,000,000 customers every week and has 197 stores nationwide. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland, contributing over €1.6 billion to the Irish economy and helping to sustain almost 30,000 Irish jobs in the farm, food and retail sector.

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New Supervalu Store and Primary Care Centre for Kinsale in April 2014

SuperValu has announced that it will open a new store in Kinsale in 2014. The new 20,000 sq ft store will be located at The Glen, New Road, Kinsale, where the store owner Michael Smith is building a larger development which will also include a 17,000 sq ft Primary Care Centre, incorporating independent and HSE healthcare professionals that will operate as a Primary Care Team to deliver integrated primary healthcare to the area.
Works on the site, which have already commenced, are being carried out by KPH and will sustain 100 construction and engineering jobs over the course of the project.

The new store will replace the existing SuperValu store in Kinsale town and will enable the store owner Michael Smith to significantly expand due to market demand, whilst also enabling him to offer customers an even wider range of quality fresh food and great value. The existing SuperValu store will continue to trade until the new store opens and will then be redeveloped into a Centra store.

Commenting on the announcement, SuperValu store owner, Michael Smith said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to expand and to continue to provide the Kinsale community with top class shopping facilities and a quality shopping experience with an increased range at the best possible value. This expansion demonstrates our confidence in the economy and is a real demonstration of our longstanding commitment to the local community of Kinsale. The new store will result in additional employment in the area when the store opens next April and the local economy will also get a significant boost from the 100 construction workers who will be on site throughout the development. This is another sign that SuperValu invests more in the local economy than other retail brands, whether it’s hiring local builders or purchasing from local suppliers.”

Martin O’Halloran of Primary Project Management is the Project Management Partner for the Primary Care development, which is a venture incorporating the local GP’s from Kinsale Medical Centre and the HSE. Services in the centre will include Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychology, Public Health Nurses, Social Workers, Dieticians and Home Help Services. “The aim is to provide a cutting edge facility with enhanced services which will benefit the people of Kinsale and surrounding areas.” said Martin O’Halloran.

Supervalu, which has 197 stores nationwide, is committed to local employment and supporting local suppliers. 75% of everything on Supervalu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland, contributing over €1.6 billion to the Irish economy and helping to sustain almost 30,000 Irish jobs in the farm, food and retail sector.

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The triathlon – good for good causes – and good for you

The annual Musgrave Triathlon is almost upon us. With the end of August as the target date and mid-July getting closer, those of you intending to take part might need to be on your bikes, on the road or at the swimming pool soon; the prospect of an 800m swim, a 33km cycle and a 10km run may seem a little less daunting after six weeks’ training!

With a €250,000 fundraising target for this year’s event going to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Breakthrough Cancer Research, it’s as good a reason as you could wish to join other athletes in Farran Woods, Farran, Co. Cork on Saturday August 31st. It’s also a great incentive.

In this blog, however, we’d like to highlight, not just the millions that have been used to expand facilities at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, or indeed to fund cancer research, though in an economic downturn fundraising becomes a more serious business than ever.

No – on this occasion, it’s nice to note that so many Irish people are taking an interest in athletics, as indicated by the 500 or more participants we expect to see in Farran. Healthy living is one of the many areas Musgrave and its partners like to promote and one of the less obvious lessons of the triathlon is that it can be a relatively cheap (after you’ve invested in a bike and shoes), very sociable, and even enjoyable way to look after yourself.

And if that argument doesn’t entirely convince you, don’t forget the good causes! Find out more at www.musgrave-triathlon.com or ring Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland on 021 480 3000.

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Musgrave Triathlon gives a helping hand to cash strapped charities

Musgrave today announced that their annual Triathlon, which to-date has raised €3.3 million in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Breakthrough Cancer Research will take place in Farran Woods, Farran, Co. Cork on Saturday August 31st.

The triathlon, which attracts over 500 participants every year, is now in its eleventh year and has set an even higher target for 2013, which is to raise a staggering €250,000 through this one day event.

To date, funds raised from the Musgrave Triathlon have been used in the construction of the Oncology/Haematology Centre and the expansion of the emergency department at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The triathlon has also funded research carried out by Breakthrough Cancer Research and its Cork based internationally recognised cancer research centre.

Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, Musgrave said, “We are really proud of our Triathlon and the incredible funds it continues to generate each year. Year after year I am pleased to announce that this Triathlon continues to go from strength to strength, attracting more participants and exceeding its fundraising targets each year.  More and more Irish people are taking to athletics, particularly triathlons and it makes sense that we use this trend to help raise monies to fight one of the most widespread diseases in this country.”

“Despite the downturn, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Breakthrough Cancer Research continue to provide excellent care, support and research for cancer patients and their families here in Ireland. However, we must acknowledge that fundraising is difficult for these charities in these cash strapped times and I am delighted that Musgrave, together with our retail partners in SuperValu and Centra, can help raise vital funds in local communities across the country and make a great contribution to a very worthy cause.”

The triathlon involves an 800m swim, followed by a 33km cycle and a 10km run. Entry forms and advanced training schedules can be downloaded from www.musgrave-triathlon.com or by contacting Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland on 021 480 3000.

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