Gearing up for the Ulster Grand Prix

Finlays Centra Whitemountain geared up for the Ulster Grand PrixFinlay’s Centra, Whitemountain were delighted to host a family fun day earlier this month to support the Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week at which they sponsored the Supersport race for the first time. On Friday 12th August the Lisburn store welcomed customers of all ages with fantastic giveaways from the Q Radio street team, face-painting, games, bouncy castle, goody bags.

Alongside a guest appearance from Mr Tayto, and a meet and greet with some of the top Ulster Grand Prix riders, there were opportunities to sample the new Centra deli gourmet range. Customers also enjoyed tasting sessions from Tayto, Walkers, Swift Fine Foods, Andrew’s Bakery, Little Big Shot and Britvic.

Sam Finlay, owner of Centra Whitemountain, said: “We are passionate about road racing and have been for many years, in fact I was a mechanic back in the 80s for Martin Barr and Johnny Rea. Then in 2003 I met a very young Guy Martin and he ended up racing for us and living on the current Whitemountain site.

“We ran our own successful team for many years, Team Racing with riders including Adrian Archibald, Conor Cummins and Paul Hunt, and we currently support local rider Declan Hoey who competes at the Mondello Masters. The event is just a mile from our shop and we always support it with special offers and deliveries to the paddock.”

We hope everyone had a fantastic day!

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Centra’s summer of rugby in Ulster

13 April 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Ulster Rugby stars Darren Cave, Roger Wilson and Ruan Pienaar along with Centra, Belfast Boucher Road retailer Diarmuid Farrell help young players Nathan and Abi Toland kick-off the 2016 Centra Ulster Rugby Summer Camps. The camps, sponsored by the local convenience brand and its independent retailers, will take place in over 20 venues across Ulster from July 4 Ð August 25. The camps offer boys and girls from 6-18 years the chance to experience rugby for the first time as well as developing their skills and this year will introduce School of Excellence sessions for youth players aged 13-17 years. For full details and how to book a place visit  camps.ulsterrugby.com
Ulster Rugby stars Darren Cave, Roger Wilson and Ruan Pienaar along with Centra, Belfast Boucher Road retailer Diarmuid Farrell help young players Nathan and Abi Toland kick-off the 2016 Centra Ulster Rugby Summer Camps. 

Our leading brand, Centra have been getting children and teenagers active with the help of Ulster Rugby team. Since 2008 Centra’s summer camps have been growing in popularity reaching over 11,000 participants!

Centra working with Ulster RC have set up School of Excellence camps, Special Needs camps, girls camps and girls and boys camps for different age groups. They are week-long or three-day and are great for keeping active and entertained in the summer.

The participants receive expert advice from the qualified rugby staff and get insight from the players themselves on life as a professional player as well as tips on the game.

Before this year’s camps were launched Chris Webster, Domestic Rugby Manager at Ulster Rugby said: “We are delighted to launch the ninth annual Centra Summer Camps. Ulster has a rich source of young talented rugby players and we look forward to developing and nurturing their skills and talent over the summer months. The addition of the Schools of Excellence will give that added focus to the young players as we hope they progress further in the sport.”

Jennifer Morton, Centra Brand Manager, said: “Centra and its independent retail partners are once again lending their support to this great initiative. Our partnership with Ulster Rugby has gone from strength to strength over the past nine years and we’re proud to have supported over 11,000 young people in their skills development. We hope the camps provide young players with the opportunity to stay fit and active during the school holidays.”

The Centra camps have been full of activity and fun this summer, as well as promoting healthy lifestyles. Here’s to next summer!

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Leading the Lusty’s Lap of Ireland celebrations!

Customer Fun Day at Centra Larne to celebrate Lustys Lap of Ireland oLusty’s Centra Larne recently welcomed home Richard and Raymond Lusty, fresh from their completion of a 1,000 mile lap of Ireland, all in aid of Action Cancer and Roddensvale Special School, Larne.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol, were on hand to welcome the father and son duo who are aiming to raise a total of €10,000. Richard and Raymond took ten days to complete their journey, climbing over 55,500ft and passing through both Mizen Head and Malin Head.

Huge congratulations to both cyclists on such a fantastic achievement and we wish you the very best of luck in reaching your target!

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SuperValu beats competitors with ‘Best Beef Ever’

SuperValu leads the herd with Best Beef Ever
SuperValu leads the herd with Best Beef Ever

With 100% locally sourced, Northern Ireland accredited beef, it’s no wonder our SuperValu brand has come out on top of research conducted by the Livestock and Meat Commission.

Our beef is top quality and a recent independent consumer taste audit conducted by Loughry College found that SuperValu’s new and improved beef beat a number of key competitors to top place.

Our brand SuperValu has launched its ‘Best Beef Ever’ campaign with support from ambassador Chef Noel McMeel, as part of Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink’s ‘Love NI Meat’ theme for August.

SuperValu steaks and joints are matured for a minimum of 21 days to add to flavour and tenderness – ensuring the best quality every time. All butchers within SuperValu stores have been trained on the quality of the meat, increased range, improving maturation and new cuts of meat, to be able to offer ‘expert’ advice to customers.

Michael McCormack, Managing Director here at Musgrave NI, said: “At SuperValu we very much believe in providing our customers with the best in quality, local produce. In fact, SuperValu is one of the biggest supporters of local produce and local suppliers in Northern Ireland, spending over £105m annually, with 75% of all fresh foods sourced locally.”

To find out more about out SuperValu brand, visit www.supervalu.co.uk or connect with SuperValu NI or Facebook:  or Twitter – @SuperValuNI, using the hashtag #SVBestBeef

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Centra’s Summer Adventures campaign promotes healthy and active lifestyles

Centra’s Summer Adventures campaign promotes healthy and active lifestyles
Centra’s Summer Adventures campaign promotes healthy and active lifestyles

Our leading brand Centra has teamed up with local nutritionist, Jane McClenaghan to launch a ‘Summer Adventures’ campaign across Northern Ireland.

The campaign invites people to share their adventures from this summer by writing a short rhyme with a chance to win £1,000 worth of family adventure prizes!

The campaign consists of a mini roadshow which has been visiting a number of Centra stores across Northern Ireland and will continue to do so through August. There’s lots on offer for customers including a merchandising pack and family adventure prizes.

Jane told us, “I’m excited to team up with Centra to help people across Northern Ireland fuel their summer adventures. Whether you’re heading to the forest for a family picnic, or enjoying a barbecue with friends in your back garden, I’ll be providing some healthy yet fun, simple, recipe ideas.”

Head of Marketing at Centra Northern Ireland, Desi Derby, added “We’re delighted to partner with local nutritionist Jane, who shares the philosophy at the heart of the Centra brand of promoting healthy lifestyles and living well.”

If you want to find out more about Centra’s Summer Adventures campaign, or get involved visit www.centra.co.uk/centraadventures, log onto the Centra NI Facebook or call into your local Centra store.

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Charity work: Sleeping out for Simon

Pictured: Our Dublin colleagues preparing for the Sleep Out for Simon night ahead.
Pictured: Our Dublin colleagues preparing for the Sleep Out for Simon night ahead.

At Musgrave we’re passionate about giving back to the community and each year Musgrave Wholesale Partners (MWP) nominate a charity to work with. This year the chosen charity was the Simon Community, a fantastic charity supporting homelessness in local communities.

The Simon Communities deliver support and services to over 7,000 people and families across Ireland who experience or are at risk of homelessness every year.

In late July employees from our Musgrave Wholesale Partners (MWP) in Dublin and Galway took part in a 12 hour sponsored sleep out to raise awareness and fundraise for the Simon Community in those towns!

The sleep out was just one of the events to support of the Simon Communities around Ireland. MWP employees are going to be involved in loads of activities for fundraising and creating awareness in Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Dublin and Cork for local Simon Community charities.

Our HR Director Catherine said “The Simon Community does incredible work to provide essential services to some of the most vulnerable people in our local communities and we are very pleased to be able to lend them our support and help them to achieve their goals.”

We’re so proud of the team who participated and are looking forward to continuing to support Simon Community charity in the coming months!

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Foodie start-ups create 1500 jobs in Ireland

Pictured: Members of the Local Enterprise Offices, Bord Bia and Supervalu Food Academy Team pictured with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. and Food Academy participants.
Pictured: Members of the Local Enterprise Offices, Bord Bia and Supervalu Food Academy Team pictured with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. and Food Academy participants.

The Food Academy, a joint initiative between Bord Bia, the Local Enterprise Network and SuperValu, has proven a popular programme and huge success for foodie entrepreneurs in Ireland. We recognise the energy and passion of entrepreneurial food and drink producers and invest in them with a hands on approach.

Local Enterprise Offices’ recent Food Academy members survey revealed 281 small food and drink producers, employing over 1,131 people, have broken through into the retail market. Not only that, with the predicted ongoing success of these foodie companies, they’re expected to create a further 373 jobs in the next 12 months. That’s a fabulous total of over 1,500 across Ireland!

The Food Academy offers entrepreneurs one-to-one mentoring and an opportunity to trial their products in one of our SuperValu stores! This has worked out really well with over 1,100 products making it through trials and successfully being put on sale in our stores.

Our brand SuperValu predicts Irish consumers are expected to spend a whopping €25 million on Food Academy products in their stores in 2016!

If you’re a budding food or drink entrepreneur with products you think should be on SuperValu shelves, find out more about The Food Academy programme here:

https://www.localenterprise.ie/Fingal/Training-Events/Programmes-Initiatives/Food-Academy-Programme/

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SuperValu Imaginative Wine Launch is Toast of PR Excellence Awards

Awards for Excellence in Public Relations 2016
Awards for Excellence in Public Relations 2016

On the 15th July we got our glad rags on and raised our glasses to glorious wine at the Awards for Excellence in Public Relations.

Although Graham Norton himself couldn’t quite make it, glasses were raised to the popular chat show host when the SuperValu launch of his wine to Ireland won the best consumer PR campaign.

The roll out of Norton’s wine in SuperValu stores was implemented with the sort of fun that the Corkman would applaud. On-street stunts, media tie-ups and social media buzz were created to launch Norton’s wine to the Irish market.

The famous red-chair was brought to South King street as passers-by shared their big red chair stories with Hector Ó hEochagáin. The stories were shared on social media, with the best story winning VIP tickets to the Graham Norton show. A promotion was also run on Xpose to win a trip to London, with VIP tickets to the Graham Norton show.

SuperValu, who were the exclusive stockists of Graham Norton’s brand new award winning Sauvignon Blanc wine, implemented a high impact PR campaign in November 2015. As there was no above the line marketing support for this campaign, SuperValu relied solely on PR activities to drive the campaign. The campaign excited media, key opinion formers and general public, driving sales of the wine in SuperValu stores around Ireland resulting in the product selling out in many outlets. With a budget of under €20,000, the SuperValu launch of the Graham Norton wine gained SuperValu media exposure of over €200,000 over three weeks and a reach of over 12million.

The Awards for Excellence in Public Relations recognises the elite PR campaigns of 2016 and showcases the highest attainable professional standards from public relations professionals. They are hosted by the Public Relations Consultants Association of Ireland. This year’s PR awards saw a record number of entries, with a 30 percent increase on last year.

What a fantastic story for the big red chair!

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