€5 million investment as new SuperValu store opens in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan

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SuperValu, the leading Irish grocery retailer, announced today that 15 new jobs will be created at its new store in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. SuperValu Kingscourt, operated by local businessman Eugene O’Gorman, will move from its current location to a nearby 14,875 square feet state-of-the-art new store, bringing the total number of employees to 50 and representing a total investment of €5 million.

As SuperValu stores are independently owned and operated, the Kingscourt store will continue to offer the local community a tailored offer, bringing consumers the very best of locally-sourced fresh produce from Cavan food producers including Baked with Love, Moran’s Jams and Preserves, Brehon Brewhouse and Aine’s Chocolates. These companies are participants on the Food Academy programme, a joint initiative by SuperValu, Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Office which helps start-up food companies to bring their product to market.

The 15 new jobs which are to be created in-store include a number of specialist positions as part of SuperValu’s commitment to providing quality fresh food, with a new butcher counter, hot food delicatessen and bakery all available in-store.

A total of 15 local contractors and suppliers including O’Reilly Concrete Products Kingscourt, Billy O’Connor Construction Kingscourt and Barley Stone Kingscourt were engaged to deliver on this ambitious construction project. The new store will include some exciting additions, including a dedicated health and wellness zone, access to free wi-fi, and the introduction of Frank and Honest coffee, a new gourmet coffee range from SuperValu which will also be available in store.

Speaking at the opening, store owner Eugene O’Gorman, who also owns O’Gorman’s SuperValu in Carrickmacross said, “Through growing my partnership with SuperValu, I am very proud to be generating employment and helping to boost the local economy with the creation of 15 in-store jobs for the Kingscourt locality, as well as the numerous contractors from the area who worked on this project. As an independent local retailer, I am also proud that SuperValu’s local sourcing policy enables me to support Cavan food companies such as Baked with Love, Moran’s Jams and Preserves, Brehon Brewhouse and Aine’s Chocolates. These are examples of local Irish produce that you simply won’t be able to find in any other supermarket, which allows our customers to support the local economy when shopping with us.”

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu said, “At SuperValu we are committed to building vibrant communities and through supplier partnerships and local employment, we look forward to continuing to contribute to the Kingscourt community. This is a very exciting development and following significant investment, customers of the new store will be able to enjoy even more of the great value, quality and choice which is synonymous with SuperValu.”

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 222 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs approximately 14,500 colleagues, making it one of the State’s largest private sector employers. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible and purchases almost €2 billion worth of goods from Irish suppliers which help to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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Success as Musgrave receives the Business Working Responsibly Mark

Over 200 business leaders attended the annual Business in the Community CEO Breakfast Forum at Dublin Castle today, Tuesday 25th October, where Chris Martin, CEO Musgrave Group, was amongst those who addressed the audience with regard the achievements and ambitions  Musgrave has in the area of Sustainability. The event also marked the announcement of those companies certified to the Business Working Responsibly Mark so far in 2016 amongst which Musgrave is very proud to be included for the second time.

The Mark which is run by Business in the Community Ireland and based on ISO 26000 is valid for three years and is independently audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

Commenting on the award, Chris Martin CEO Musgrave, said, “As one of Ireland’s longest-running family businesses, sustainability has been deeply embedded throughout our 140-year history. As we seek to deliver on our objective of growing good business, our approach is to think long-term, operating in a way that considers social, environmental and economic well-being and working to continuously enhance our sustainability credentials. We recognise that at Musgrave we have, within our sphere of influence, an opportunity and a responsibility to shape and influence positive change and we are taking action in this regard.”

Congratulating the companies that have achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark at this year’s CEO Forum, An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald commented, “Sustainable growth, job creation, environmental sustainability and social resilience are cornerstones of this government’s economic and social policies. They are crucial to attract investment, foster the growth of the economy and to build social cohesion, equality and inclusion. They are all interconnected. Frameworks such as the Business Working Responsibly Mark support these goals and it is important to acknowledge the leadership of these Irish businesses in pursuing certification of their responsible and sustainable practices”.

The companies presented with their Mark certificates today are leading in the area of sustainability in Ireland. Many other companies use the Mark as a measurement and gap analysis tool. The Mark is achieved following a third party verification audit by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and is based on ISO 26000. It is open to any organisation and is valid for three years. In total, 23 companies have now achieved the Mark and the other organisations that currently hold it are Boots Retail Ireland Limited, CRH Ireland, Deloitte Ireland, EirGrid, ESB, Fujitsu Ireland, Gas Networks Ireland, Intel Ireland and KBC Bank Ireland Head Office.

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What Sustainability Means at Musgrave, message from Chris Martin, CEO

Chris MartinThroughout our history, Musgrave has maintained a strong commitment to sustainability by running our business in a way that considers social, environmental and economic well-being. As early as the 1990s Musgrave pioneered ambitious waste reduction and recycling programmes in the food retail and wholesale sector. As such sustainability has long been embedded throughout our business and strong foundations have been laid. Today we are one of 23 companies in Ireland to have achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark from Business in the Community Ireland. Audited by the NSAI, the mark is based on ISO 26000 and looks at how we, as an organisation, treat customers, employees, our suppliers, our communities and the environment.

We are very proud to receive the mark and here Chris Martin, CEO Musgrave explains Musgrave’s sustainability commitment and how the UN Sustainable Development Goals are being used as a driver for growing good business.

As a family business that thinks long term, the Musgrave approach to sustainability is hardwired into the very DNA of Musgrave. It is rooted in the foundations of our business, brought to life through our brands and drives our way of working, be it among our retail partners, suppliers or colleagues.

When people ask me about the success of Musgrave, I invariably find myself talking about the values that have sustained the business throughout its history – long term stable relationships, honesty, working hard and achievement. The longer I am with the business, the more I recognise the impact that these values have on everything we do at Musgrave – these behaviours have just become inherent in the way we do business. Against this backdrop, I have confidence that sustainability will continue to guide our business long into the future. When we launched our new strategy ‘Growing Good Business’ in January this year, what emerged was that colleagues were inspired not just by growing the business but by growing good business for the future. They are attracted to and motivated by businesses that have and behave with a social conscious – it connects with their own values. By focusing on Growing Good Business and through living our values we now have a business purpose which embodies sustainable business practices and is an attractive business to work in.

This purpose is encapsulated in our new vision which is to work in partnership to develop highly successful brands that achieve sustainable, profitable returns, enrich everyday lives and contribute to a healthier, more prosperous, environmentally-conscious society. In a nutshell, it is about leaving a positive and lasting legacy for future generations.

As the number one grocery retailer and wholesaler in Ireland we feed 1 in 3 people in the country. We have a unique position in the Irish food supply chain and through our partnership with almost 1,500 SMEs, local retailers; we are at the heart of every community across the country. As a leading Irish business we have the opportunity, if not the responsibility, to positively impact those within our sphere of influence – we are committed to using our position to help and to influence SMEs in this country to become more sustainable. There is no reason why a sustainable approach to business cannot equally apply to a small business in a rural environment as a large business in an urban metropolis. For me the same principles apply – make it authentic and practical for the business, its people and customers and the environment in which they operate. Through supporting our people, our customers and our local communities we can create sustainable wealth for the benefit of all stakeholders in the long term. In effect, this is our sustainability strategy – to look after people, the planet and prosperity.

Within the business we have aligned our sustainability strategy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We believe that the SDGs mark a new era in global development and that all business can use the SDGs as a guide to increase the effectiveness of their sustainability strategy. At Musgrave we have selected nine SDG areas, as put forward by PWC for the retail sector, where we feel we have the opportunity to make the greatest impact and where we can contribute to the advancement of the global sustainable development agenda.

These nine areas have been translated into four broad categories that now drive our sustainability strategy. These are:

  • climate change;
  • sustainable sourcing and consumption;
  • health and well-being; and
  • leadership in the community.

Using the SDG’s in this way, we believe we can be at our most effective in creating a positive and lasting legacy.

In this our 140th year in business, we are thinking about the next chapter in our evolution. Receiving the Business Working Responsibly Mark is testament to our commitment to continue on our sustainability journey. I believe we have achieved a lot and that we can and will go even further. Irish business has a unique opportunity and a responsibility to use its collective power to deliver sustainable outcomes for people today and for future generations.

I look forward to being a part of it.

Chris Martin is CEO of Musgrave Group, Ireland’s largest grocery and food distributor. Founded in Cork in 1876, in 2016 Musgrave celebrates 140 years in family business, supporting thousands of other family businesses.

Musgrave partners with over 1,451 independent retailers throughout the Island of Ireland and Spain. Almost 45,000 people work either directly for Musgrave or in one of the stores associated with the brands, 35,000 of whom are in Ireland – making the company Ireland’s largest private employer. 

Under Chris’ direction, the business has focused strongly on partnering with entrepreneurial retailers to grow and develop retail and wholesale brands. SuperValu, Centra, MarketPlace and Daybreak are all in the number one market-leading position in their respective industry categories.

Prior to joining Musgrave, Chris held a number of high-level retail positions including CEO of Mothercare plc, Group Finance Director of Storehouse plc and various roles in ASDA and Pizza Hut. 

Chris was a member of the EU High Level Group on Retail Competitiveness, the CEDRA (Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas) Expert Group in Ireland, and is a Fellow of the IGD, UK and of the Royal Society of Arts.

An economics graduate of Newcastle University, he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

Chris also sits on the board of Business in the Community Ireland.

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Musgrave CEO Chris Martin appointed to Business in the Community Ireland Board

Musgrave is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Martin, CEO Musgrave Group to the board of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI). Founded in 2000, BITCI is the network for responsible business in Ireland.

Commenting on his appointment to the Business in the Community Ireland board, Chris Martin, CEO Musgrave Group said, “Business in the Community provides invaluable guidance to businesses seeking to build their sustainability credentials and I am looking forward to supporting this agenda and sharing our experience at Musgrave. As one of Ireland’s longest-running family businesses, our commitment to sustainability has been a guiding force throughout our 140-year history. We attribute our success in part to our strong focus on long-term relationships and responsible business practices put in place by our founders, Thomas and Stuart Musgrave. 

“We recognise that at Musgrave we have, within our sphere of influence, an opportunity and a responsibility to shape and influence positive change and we are taking action in this regard. The objectives of the BITCI are perfectly aligned to our own objective of continuing to grow good business.”

Tina Roche, Chief Executive, Business in the Community Ireland added, “We are delighted to have someone of Chris‘ calibre join the board of Business in the Community Ireland. Musgrave is one of the leading companies when it comes to best practice in sustainability so Chris will provide great leadership and guidance to our organisation. I truly believe we have one of the best boards in the country and it is made even stronger with this new appointment.” 

Founded in Cork in 1876, this year Musgrave celebrates 140 years in family business, supporting thousands of other family businesses. Under Chris Martin’s direction, Musgrave has leveraged its unique business model, partnering with entrepreneurial retailers to grow the SuperValu, Centra, MarketPlace and Daybreak brands, all of which are leaders in their respective markets.

Musgrave has been pioneering ambitious sustainability initiatives since the early 1990s and first received the Business Working Responsibly Mark from BITCI in 2014. Earlier this year, Musgrave became the first food retail and wholesale group in Ireland to become a verified member of the Origin Green sustainability programme – Ireland’s national sustainability programme for the food and drink industry.

Musgrave partners with over 1,450 independent retailers throughout the island of Ireland and Spain and together with these retail partners, the company supports more than 45,000 jobs.

All BITCI board members act in a voluntary capacity.

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SuperValu announces partnership with Bank of Ireland as part of relaunch of real rewards programme

sv_partnership_bankofirelandIreland’s leading grocery retailer SuperValu has announced a new partnership with Bank of Ireland as part of the relaunch of its Real Rewards loyalty programme.

SuperValu’s ambition is for Real Rewards to become the number one loyalty programme in the country and the extension of the scheme to bring in new partners is one of the most significant business milestones for Ireland’s leading grocery retailer this year.  In order to realise that ambition, SuperValu will be introducing exciting new partners, giving customers even more ways to earn points and get even more value from the Real Rewards programme.

Bank of Ireland is the first in a number of new partners from a range of different industries that SuperValu will incorporate into its Real Rewards programme, building upon its existing relationships with Electric Ireland and Getaway Breaks.  SuperValu has also launched a first for the Irish market – eSHOPS – an online shopping portal offer that enables customers to earn Real Rewards points when they shop with over 100 online brands such as eBay, Expedia, Debenhams and Eason through the supervalu.ie website.

Some of Ireland’s leading brands will be announced as additional partners over the coming months.

The re-launched Real Rewards programme will enable its existing 1 million members to earn points in a variety of ways:

  • Customers will collect 1 point per €1 spend when they use their Real Rewards card at any SuperValu or online at SuperValu.ie;
  • By linking their Bank of Ireland personal credit card and SuperValu Real Rewards card, customers will earn 250 Real Rewards Bonus points.

o    Customers are set up to earn points when they purchase groceries at SuperValu, as well as when they use their credit card to make any purchases outside of SuperValu;

o    Once they have linked, Customers will earn 2 points per €1 spend when shopping in SuperValu and 1 point per €10 spend with any other purchase;

  • Linking their Real Rewards card to their Electric Ireland account for the first time, will earn customers 250 welcome points, and will enable shoppers to collect points every time they pay their energy bills;
  • Customers can also add to their tally of points when shopping through the SuperValu website with any of the 100 brands as part of the new Real Rewards eSHOPS;
  • Finally, shoppers can also collect 1 point per €1 spend when they book a Getaway Break;
  • Real Rewards is also launching a first to market Loyalty App – which will allow members watch their points grow, plus receive exclusive offers and rewards from SuperValu & from Partners.

SuperValu customers can then use their points to save money on their weekly shop, with Money Back Vouchers posted at three key times during the year, or they can use points for savings with Real Rewards partners, such as Electric Ireland.

Commenting on the announcement, SuperValu MD Martin Kelleher said: “As part of our innovation agenda, SuperValu is constantly exploring new ranges of products and services to offer consumers.  Our Real Rewards programme has always been popular with our customers and the feedback we received from them was that they wanted new ways to benefit from the scheme, similar to our partnership with Electric Ireland.”

“Financial services was one of the key areas our customers wanted us to explore in terms of new partners for our Real Rewards programme as card payments are becoming increasingly popular for consumers in Ireland.  As the market leader in its field, Bank of Ireland is the ideal partner for us as they are one of Ireland’s leading companies and we share a large crossover in terms of both our respective customer bases.”

“Online shopping is also going from strength to strength in Ireland, with our own online customer base growing by almost 25% last year.  Our new eSHOPS site, which incorporates 100 leading online brands, will tap into this trend and we are now in a position where not only do we reward our customers’ loyalty when they shop with us, but they also benefit every time they purchase online with our partners.

Richie Boucher, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland added: “We are delighted to work with SuperValu on this significant loyalty partnership, which is the first alliance of its kind for Irish consumers. Our organisations share many synergies including strong retail brands, a strategy seeking to recognise customer loyalty and we are embedded and socially active in our local communities. Appreciating customers for their business is a key feature of Bank of Ireland’s approach and we expect to announce further loyalty-driven reward offers over the coming months. With over 470 branches and stores between us nationwide, our SuperValu partnership will benefit a considerable number of households across the country and we look forward to communicating the Real Rewards programme to Bank of Ireland customers over the coming months.”

Niall Dineen, Residential Markets Manager Electric Ireland, said: “At Electric Ireland, we reward our existing customers by giving them annual savings every year as long as they stay a customer of Electric Ireland. We’re always looking for ways to ensure that our customers stay happy with us. As the largest utility in Ireland, we are delighted to partner with SuperValu Real Rewards to deliver even more savings and rewards to our loyal Electric Ireland residential customers. Simply by paying their bills and shopping in SuperValu, we can offer Electric Ireland customers’ long-term additional savings on both their gas & electricity bills.”

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 222 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs approximately 14,500 colleagues, making it one of the State’s largest private sector employers. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible and purchases almost €2 billion worth of goods from Irish suppliers which help to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

To check out the new programme, log onto supervalu.ie/rewards or download the new Real Rewards App today.

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SuperValu Signature Tastes steak range gains global recognition at 2016 World Steak Challenge

SuperValu Signature Taste Striploin Steak
SuperValu Signature Taste Striploin Steak

SuperValu, the leading Irish grocery retailer, has gained global recognition for its SuperValu Signature Tastes Irish Striploin Steak at the 2016 World Steak Challenge. Competing against entries from 17 countries from around the world including Ireland, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia and USA, SuperValu’s Irish Hereford striploin steak beat off stiff competition to secure a Bronze Medal at the awards.

During the challenge, which took place in London’s Hyde Park recently, an expert panel of distinguished food writers and chefs assessed entries and rated steaks based on appearance and overall taste.

While a total of 83 steaks including specialised breeder entries such as Japanese-origin Waygu and Angus cross-breeds were sampled, the SuperValu Signature Tastes Striploin has a number of distinctive features which set it apart from the rest. Produced by Kepak, all Hereford cattle are specially bred and raised under ideal conditions, followed by a 21-day maturation process that ensures excellent flavour and tenderness.

Ray Bowe, Head of Food Safety and Quality, SuperValu said, “At SuperValu, we pride ourselves on our commitment to fresh food leadership – providing customers with fresh, locally-sourced quality fresh Irish food – and we are delighted to have this commitment recognised on the global stage. This award reflects the continuing dedication of both SuperValu and our suppliers to the highest quality standards.”

As the number one supporter of the Irish agrifood industry, we sell more fresh meat than any other retailer in the country and all our SuperValu fresh beef, lamb, pork, bacon and chicken is 100% Irish – born, bred and reared in Ireland. Our sourcing policy, complemented by our ambitious food innovation agenda and expert in-store butchers, provides our customers with a quality meat offer they know they can trust and continues to set us apart.”

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 221 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs approximately 14,500 colleagues, making it one of the State’s largest private sector employers. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible and purchases almost €2 billion worth of goods from Irish suppliers which help to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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