Musgrave donates €35,000 to Cork Penny Dinners

Chef Kevin Dundon Cooks for Food Charity’s Volunteers

Musgrave Triathlon Committee today (Monday, December 18th) donated a cheque for €35,000 to food charity Cork Penny Dinners. Musgrave’s Triathlon fundraising event raised a total of €205,000 for charities this year. Musgrave’s Triathlon fundraiser also donated €35,000 to children’s ambulance service Bumbleance, €35,000 to Pieta House and €100,000 to Breakthrough Cancer Research.

Cork Penny Dinners, which was established during the Famine as a soup kitchen, feeds approximately 200 people every day and serves 1,000 meals a week, compared to just 150 meals a few years ago.

Edelle Bruton, Musgrave Triathlon Organiser, presented the cheque for €35,000 to Caitriona Twomey from Cork Penny Dinners at the charity’s premises in Little Hannover, Cork city.

SuperValu also sent celebrity chef Kevin Dundon to cook Christmas Dinner for the Cork Penny Dinners’ volunteers after the daily dinner service was finished.

Commenting on the donation, Edelle Bruton from Musgrave said: “As a community-based retailer, we are delighted to support the invaluable service that Cork Penny Dinners provides. It is important for communities to help those who are vulnerable, especially at this time of year, and we hope that this donation will provide the support for Cork Penny Dinners to continue its vital work.”

Caitriona Twomey from Cork Penny Dinners said: “I am honoured to accept this generous donation from Musgrave. It will go a long way in helping us to provide hot, nourishing meals to service users during the festive period and into the next year. On behalf of everyone at Cork Penny Dinners, I would like to thank Musgrave.”

Cork Penny Dinners is open every day throughout the festive period from 9.00am to 1.30pm.

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 219 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 in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible which helps to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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Musgrave reaches agreement with Aryzta to acquire La Rousse Foods

Musgrave today announced that it has agreed to acquire La Rousse Foods from Aryzta for an undisclosed sum, subject to approval by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

La Rousse Foods is one of the leading operators in the foodservice sector, specialising in the supply of fine foods to premium food establishments for over 25 years. With offices in Dublin and Belfast, the company serves more than 1,500 customers. Musgrave’s intention is that La Rousse Foods will continue to operate as a standalone brand post acquisition.

Commenting on the deal, Chris Martin, Musgrave CEO, said: “La Rousse Foods is an excellent strategic fit for our business and complements our market-leading foodservice offer. We look forward to working with the La Rousse Foods team and customers who will benefit from the support of Musgrave in terms of supply chain infrastructure and access to an increased product range. The acquisition forms part of our Growing Good Business strategy, which focuses on growing our brands in the food market across the island of Ireland.”

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SuperValu announces further commitment to supporting families with autism across its network of stores

Road map for change to introduce best-in-class initiatives

Autism affects between 1-2% of the population and there are at least 50,000 families with an autistic child in Ireland. SuperValu is already leading the charge when it comes to initiatives that support those families with Autism friendly shopping evenings already happening in just under 40 SuperValu stores around the country.

SuperValu are committed to building on this by enhancing the shopping experience through a roadmap for change which in time will be rolled out in stores around the country. This will be rolled out across the next 12 months.

Heralded as ‘world-class’, the new initiatives have been designed in conjunction with the Middletown Centre for Autism, as well as Autism friendly trolleys in as many stores, some of the new initiatives include;

  • Autism Friendly shopping times – a commitment to rolling sensory friendly times in more stores across the next year.
  • Development of Store Mapsto pre-plan the store visit indicating the main areas and quiet areas in store.
  • De-sensitisation of store sounds at designated shopping times: with downloadable store sounds to assist in de-stressing the store visit;
  • Reduce & standardise beep sounds on tills in stores nationwide;
  • Staff awareness: E-learning modules available to all staff to tackle a general lack of awareness around autism and educate on how the steps taken in store will make a difference;
  • Autism friendly trolleys: Support the use of the ALF (Autism Lifeskill Friend) trolley – developed by a SuperValu employee;
  • An expert panel established to meet three times a year to ensure that all initiatives are impactful, and relevant for families with autism

Speaking at the launch Gary Cooper, CEO Middletown Centre for Autism said, ‘I welcome the development of the inclusive environments that are being created in store for the autism community and commend the Supervalu team for their foresight and commitment to this world-class initiative.’

SuperValu Marketing Director, Des O’Mahony said, “We began this journey 18 months ago with Autism Friendly shopping times and the introduction of an Autism friendly trolley in a small number of stores and the response was overwhelmingly positive. It was important for us to make sure that any next steps we took were the right ones to create a holistic support structure for families with Autism; that we were working to create a mind-set change as well as an infrastructural one. We have been working hard with the Middletown Centre for Autism to create online and instore material that will provide support for families with autism as well as raise awareness among the wider community.”

Mr Finian McGrath TD, was also in attendance at the launch, “I am delighted to see SuperValu leading the change in providing this vital support for members of the Autistic community. With a SuperValu store in so many towns across the length and breadth of the country it is fantastic that SuperValu is committed to rolling this enhanced shopping experience out in more stores.

To find out more about the Autism friendly initiatives and to download specific maps for your area, visit www.supervalu.ie.

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New €8.5m SuperValu opens in Bantry, Co. Cork

A new, purpose built, state-of-the-art SuperValu was officially opened recently at Harbour View in Bantry. The cutting of the ribbon to mark the new store opening was performed by 6 members of staff that together have 210 years service at O’Keeffe’s SuperValu in Bantry. Celebrity Chef Martin Shanahan, Sports Commentator Marty Morrissey and a number of local GAA legends were on hand to welcome shoppers to the new 16,700 sq. ft. SuperValu Bantry. More than 100 people will be employed at the new SuperValu in Bantry, which offers shoppers several new services and facilities. More than 100 local tradesman and builders with Murnane O’Shea were employed on site during construction also.

“We want to ensure the best possible shopping experience, choice and value for the people of Bantry and the surrounding area, and that is why we developed this new store at Harbour View with ample parking, a spacious showcase area for local producers, a café and barista style coffee dock, as well as our own onsite bakery, improved off licence, cheese and olive bar and extended health and wellness range,” said Jim O’Keeffe, Proprietor, SuperValu Bantry.

“It is also our incredible staff at SuperValu Bantry that add to the shopping experience at O’Keeffe’s and I’m proud to acknowledge today that many of our team have been working with us for several decades and it was really special to have the official opening performed by those whom together have over two centuries combined service.”

The new SuperValu in Bantry, which overlooks the stunning Bantry Bay and new marina, is located adjacent to a large car parking area and also has 65 overhead covered car spaces onsite. New facilities at the store include a café and restaurant, barista-style coffee dock, onsite bakery, off licence, extended health food range and cheese and olive bar. With an ample supply of artisan producers, the new SuperValu also includes a large area where local producers and SuperValu Food Academy participants can display their products and engage directly with consumers.

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu, said: “As Ireland’s leading grocery retailer, we are delighted to announce the opening of the new SuperValu store in Bantry. It demonstrates the strength of SuperValu’s independent community retail model and the demand for our special range of locally sourced produce combined with great value and choice for our customers. We are grateful for the loyalty of our shoppers in West Cork, and would like to acknowledge the commitment and investment made by Jim O’Keeffe in his local community with this new store.”

Store opening hours at the new O’Keeffe’s Supervalu are daily from 9am to 9pm with online shopping and delivery service also available to customers.

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SuperValu superstars have their moment to shine

And the winners are…

For months now, SuperValu has been searching for Northern Ireland’s SuperStars; the unsung heroes who go out of their way to do something special for their loved ones, neighbours, work colleagues and communities.

And earlier this month, at a glittering event in Titanic Hotel, Belfast, all 36 finalists had their time to shine when host, Clare McCollum, told a packed room filled with family and friends, exactly why each SuperValu SuperStar was chosen.

“It was an incredibly humbling night”, explained Desi Derby, Marketing Director, Musgrave. “To hear how these “SuperStars” make their communities a better place, was a privilege and we’re delighted to be able to shine a light on them in this way.”

The standard of entries was so high that the judges named joint-second place and joint-third place SuperStars but there was only one winner.

Desi continued: “All 36 of our SuperValu stores across Northern Ireland was represented at the final, so on behalf of all our colleagues and independent retailers I’d like to congratulate each and every one of our SuperStar finalists.”

The 2017 SuperValu SuperStar winner is the incredible, Jasmin Foster (19) from Kells, County Antrim. The judges said: “Amazing Jasmin faced enormous struggles right from birth when she died for fourteen and a half minutes before fighting back to life. The lack of oxygen meant that she now has some learning disabilities and needs to wear two hearing aids. Sadly her condition has led to her being a target of bullies and she has found it hard to make friends among her peers. Therapists and doctors who have met Jasmin down the years find it hard to believe she can walk, talk and live life to the full. But she battled on, left school with seven GCSEs and plans to work with children with disabilities. Her very proud mum Sandra says that Jasmin is simply a ‘miracle’.”

Joint second place went to SuperValu SuperStar, Nataniel Hunter from Derry~Londonderry. The judges said: “A pleasant stroll along the beach turned into a rescue drama when Nataniel and his wife Amy realised three children, aged 10, 11 and 12, had been swept out to sea. The coastguard had already been alerted and were on their way, but Nataniel knew there was no time to lose. He dashed to get a buoyancy aid and raced into the water, swimming out to the terrified kids. Another young man followed and brought the closest child to safety. Nataniel swam on, getting hold of one youngster and throwing the aid to another. A strong swimmer, he brought them both back to the beach. The children were treated in hospital but lived to tell the tale. Nataniel has been praised by the coastguard and of course the families of the young lives he saved that day.”

Joint second place went SuperValu SuperStar, Anita Dennison from Newry. The judges said: “Anita was severely bullied both online and off from ages 11 to 16. Bravely, Anita made the decision to fight back in a positive way. She decided that she would become a voice for the voiceless which has allowed her to completely turn her own life around and the lives of many others. Pressing home the anti-bullying message online and reaching out to those troubled by related mental health issues, Anita has spoken at national and international events and was in America earlier this year as part of her relentless work to combat bullying. Now training to be a Childline counsellor, Anita has been picked as a UK #iWill ambassador, promoting positive social action by working with young people worldwide. She told us she was using her negative past to help as many people as possible.”

Joint third place went to SuperValu SuperStar, Charlie Wright from County DownThe judges said: “Charlie was born with a rare genetic disease – Cryopyrin-Associated Autoinflammatory Syndromes (CAPS for short) which causes joint pain, swelling, headaches and other ailments. He inspires so many people by sharing his story, lobbying MLAs at Stormont and taking part in a host of conferences. He chats with staff and patients on all of his hospital visits. Mum Melanie said ambitious Charlie is often in pain but is not the type to complain. She’s so proud that even though he misses school, he works extra hard and wants to be a doctor when he grows up. Charlie’s mum said: “I have a life-threatening condition that requires Charlie to be a carer too at times. My son has saved my life on a number of occasions.”

Joint third place went to SuperValu SuperStar, Jamie Harkin from Derry~Londonderry. The judges said: “Jamie’s story is one of extreme courage and kindness in the most challenging of circumstances. Poignantly, this exceptional young man was nominated by his mum Trisha, who recently passed away. But the family took the tough decision to proceed with the SuperStars nomination in their mother’s honour. Seven years ago Jamie was diagnosed with blood cancer Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His late mum told us how, before, during and after an unsuccessful organ transplant Jamie never complained. He went on to set up a wonderful support group called Jamie’s Journey in a bid to give hope to other young people touched by cancer. During his recent exams, the brave young man, whilst taking regular hits of morphine due to the pain, battled on and gained 10As and A*s in his GCSEs. Like many of us the inspiring young man is a Star Wars fan, and after winning every fans dream prize of a custom light sabre, he selflessly raffled it to raise funds for charity.”

Desi concluded: “I’d also like to thank sponsors, Robinsons, Dairylea, Ben & Jerry’s, Persil, and media partners, U105 and The Sun.We are looking forward to next year’s event already when we hope to meet 36 new SuperValu SuperStars.”

Check out SuperValu’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SuperValuNI, to see photos from the final including photos of all 36 finalists.

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Fiona Reilly of Centra Belturbet named Pride of Centra Award Winner 2017

The fourth annual Pride of Centra Awards ceremony took place in the Cliff at Lyons in Co. Kildare recently, where Centra employees from across the country were honoured for their passion and commitment they have shown in the workplace in 2017. Fiona Reilly, store manager of Centra Belturbet, Co. Cavan took home top honours and was named the Overall Pride of Centra Award Winner 2017.

Presented by broadcaster Sybil Mulcahy, the Pride of Centra Awards were established to acknowledge staff who demonstrate passion and enthusiasm in cementing Centra as the number one convenience retailer at the heart of communities across the country. With 11,000 Centra employees across the country, it is a significant achievement to be nominated as a finalist of the Pride of Centra awards.

Commenting on the Pride of Centra Awards, Des O’Mahony, Interim Marketing Director of Centra, said; “These awards were established to recognise and honour the outstanding representatives who consistently embody the Centra brand values each and every day. The Pride of Centra Awards 2017 showcase the exemplary work undertaken by Centra staff members, who go above and beyond to ensure outstanding customer service. Our staff are at the heart of everything we do, and most importantly they are firmly cemented in each of their local communities where they make positive impact through their work.”

Winners on the day included:

  • Pride of Centra Overall Winner and Store Manager category winner – Fiona Reilly from Centra Belturbet, Co. Cavan
  • Pride of Centra Employee Award – Tina Purcell from Centra Clarina, Co. Limerick
  • Pride of Centra Department Manager Award – Graciely Pereira from Centra Capel Street, Dublin
  • Pride of Centra Outstanding Contribution Award – Breda Cahill from Centra Ballinteer, Dublin

Commenting on the achievement of Fiona Reilly, Judge Eddie O’Connell said; “Fiona is a truly inspirational leader, driven to succeed and strives to motivate her staff, her customers and the local community. Fiona stepped up as store manager in a store facing many challenges. She always aims for the highest store standards with a strong involvement in the local community. Fiona’s focus included developing and upskilling staff, local community support, developing customer loyalty programmes, hosting regular instore events and encouraging staff involvement in local events. Fiona also developed the ‘Love Belturbet – Community Spirit Lives’ campaign which demonstrated her commitment and passion not just to the Centra brand, but the community in which it operates. She is a truly deserving winner.”

54 finalists attended on the day and represented 17 counties; Dublin, Cork, Sligo, Waterford, Wicklow, Donegal, Galway, Clare, Cavan, Limerick, Mayo, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Kerry, Carlow and Wexford. All shortlisted candidates were recognised for their ongoing commitment to their work with community initiatives, exceptional customer service and engaging activities in-store.

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Musgrave invests £17m in local own brand range

Fresh For You range is winning on taste and awards!

Earlier this year, leading retailer Musgrave announced a £100 million commitment to the local food and drink industry, as well as a £10m investment into its store network, across Northern Ireland.

“To date, the company has spent £17m developing its own brand range, Fresh for You, which is available in leading convenience retailers, SuperValu, Centra and Mace” said Desi Derby, Marketing Director, Musgrave.

“We said we would commit a huge sum of money to Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector and nowhere is that investment more evident than in the production of our Fresh For You range.”

“This entire range, comprising over 100 individual products, is made by local producers from right across the province that are as passionate about quality local food and drink as we are. Through this range we’re able to make a positive impact on the economy too by supporting jobs across the food and agri sectors, particularly in the farming community, so it’s a win win for Northern Ireland,” said Desi.

He continued: “Our partnership with the hardworking families and producers who make our Fresh For You range has allowed us to be innovative and continually improve quality and drive value. It’s something that gives this range real stand-out in the own brand market.”

The Fresh For You range of products are only possible due to the calibre of the highly skilled producers available in Northern Ireland, continued Desi.

“We’ve started to redesign all our packaging for this brand, calling out the local suppliers name, where they’re from and telling customers a little bit more about them. Customers are telling us this is what they want – provenance and supporting local is very important to them. Some of these suppliers include Willowbrook Foods from County Down, Strathroy Dairy from County Tyrone, Linden Foods from County Tyrone and Gilfresh Produce from County Armagh, to name a few, who each appear in a series of specially filmed videos which can be viewed on our Centra and SuperValu Facebook pages.”

“Musgrave’s commitment to the food and drink sector in Northern Ireland cannot be underestimated” continued Desi.

“As well as employing 5,000 people across the Musgrave business, we also support jobs in every County in Northern Ireland. We’re passionate about what we do and that includes the people we work with – it’s simple for us, customer’s demand quality products at a great price and we see it as our job to provide it.”

The Fresh For You range is now award-winning too, having been recognised by the prestigious Great Taste Award recently.

Desi continued: “We were thrilled when our Fresh For You meals, Bacon and Cabbage Dinner and Leek and Bacon Gratin won Great Taste Awards recently.  Our vision for the Fresh For You range is to continually improve so this award is validation that we’re getting it right on taste.

“Our commitment in delivering a fantastic product, every time across our Fresh For You range is stronger than ever and we hope consumers continue to enjoy the huge variety available at Mace, Centra and SuperValu stores”, concluded Desi.

The Centra, SuperValu and Mace, Fresh For You ranges are available in selected stores across Northern Ireland.  For further information on Centra, SuperValu or Mace visit www.centra.co.uk, www.supervalu.co.uk or www.maceni.co.uk.

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Retailer Marie opens latest chapter in SuperValu Castletownbere’s 187-year-old story

SuperValu, the leading Irish grocery retailer, today opened an expanded state-of-the-art, 15,000-square foot store at Castletownbere, Co. Cork. Murphy’s SuperValu is one of Ireland’s oldest and most established retail businesses, and has been in the same premises for the past 187 years. The same family has owned and operated the store for six generations.

The expanded 15,000-square foot store was opened today by Marie Kerrisk, a previous retailer at Murphy’s in the 1930s, who is now 104 years old.

Chris and Lorraine Downey are the current owners and have been running Murphy’s SuperValu since 2010. The 15,000-square foot, state-of-the-art store is also one of the largest employers in the area, employing a total of 65 people.

Murphy’s SuperValu was established by Daniel Murphy in 1830. It first started selling a small selection of groceries, before adding hardware, meal and flour in 1860, and a shoe department in 1904. In 1977, Dermot Murphy expanded the existing floor space to 9,000 square feet and joined the Musgrave Group to start trading as Murphy’s SuperValu.

To mark the store opening, celebrity chef Kevin Dundon was on site to deliver a cookery master class, while Irish television and radio presenter Hector Ó hEochagáin kept consumers entertained during the festivities.

The new, state-of-the-art store will include a newly refurbished artisan bakery, hot food delicatessen and craft butcher counter. SuperValu Castletownbere also has a new 30-seat café, as well as a dedicated health and wellness section.

The newly-expanded Castletownbere store provides a tailored offering for the local community, sourcing the very best local fresh produce from Cork-based suppliers including Beara Eggs, The Laughing Oyster, Milleens Cheese and Joe Hanley Milk Supplies.

The new store will also support local food producers The Laughing Oyster and Beara Distillery, who are participants in SuperValu’s 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.

Located beside Ireland’s largest white fish port, the store’s specialist fishmongers offer an unrivalled experience at the award-winning fish counter, delivering the freshest, finest quality fish to consumers daily.

Speaking at the opening, store owners Chris and Lorraine Downey said, “We are delighted to open this new state-of-the-art store to better serve our loyal customers and local community. This store has always been very special to us and has been a huge part of our family for generations. It’s hard to imagine that we have had a presence in Castletownbere since the 1830s, and our longevity is a testament to how much we invest in our local community. The store will allow us to build on our commitment to supporting local, and continue to deliver the best quality, value and service that our customers deserve.”

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu said, “Today’s store opening demonstrates the strength of SuperValu’s independent community retail model, as local entrepreneurs Chris & Lorraine Downey continues to invest in their local community and expand their business. Murphy’s SuperValu has enjoyed a long and rich heritage, and this new store will allow Chris & Lorraine and their team to continue serving the local community, delivering a unique combination of quality and innovative food, complemented by a tailored local offering.”

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 219 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 in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible which helps to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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SuperValu and SEAI give over £338,000 to charities to improve energy efficiently

SuperValu, through SEAI Better Energy Communities Scheme, has given over €338,000 to charity, nationally and locally, in addition to locking in energy savings of €17,000 per year.

The Simon Communities of Ireland, one of Ireland’s largest charities, who work tirelessly to provide the best possible care, accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness and those at risk, received a significant €133,275 contribution through donations from SuperValu and grant support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), to improve the energy efficiency of a number of their centres nationwide.

This generous support enabled five Simon Communities of Ireland premises, Charlemont Terrace, Cork, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, Ashbourne, Co Meath, Lusk, Co Dublin and Gerard Maria Navan, to carry out a range of energy upgrades which included;

• Roof Insulation
• External Wall Insulation
• Boiler & Controls Upgrades
• New Windows & Doors
• New Hot Water Cylinders

As a result of these much-needed building upgrades, the Simon Communities of Ireland will save an estimated €4,500 a year in energy costs, allowing them to channel more of their funds directly into helping those experiencing homelessness. These upgrades have also resulted in more comfortable buildings for those taking shelter from the cold winter weather.

Speaking in relation to these energy upgrades Dermot Kavanagh, Director of Cork Simon Community commented, ”We cannot fight homelessness on our own. It takes a caring and compassionate community working together to address it effectively, believing in people, believing that everyone has the right to a warm, safe, affordable place to call home. Supervalu is very much part of that caring and compassionate community fighting homelessness. We’re very grateful for their commitment to working with Simon around the country to make sure everyone has a place to call home.”

Simon Communities of Ireland was chosen as the national charity partner for this SuperValu & SEAI project, spearheaded by Arthur’s SuperValu Stradbally, but there were ten other lucky local charities who also received funding from six local SuperValu stores across the county and SEAI. These local charities included Meals on Wheels Navan, Scouts Den Castlerea, Glanmire Community Association, Thomastown Community Centre, Bere Island Community Centre, and Togher Family Centre, to name but a few.

Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu Ireland, spoke passionately about this project, “The Simon Communities of Ireland provide essential services in the heart of local communities nationwide, helping those in great need. At SuperValu, communities are at our core and we strive to add value in our local communities, both with our in-store offerings but also through community projects such as this.”

“We have an ongoing commitment to creating greener and more vibrant local communities, beginning in our own stores. We hope that our contribution, and that of the SEAI, who we are delighted to partner with, helps The Simon Communities of Ireland, and all the other local charities, make much needed savings to continue their fantastic work,” Kelleher concluded.

This SuperValu initiative in association with SEAI, which highlights SuperValu’s commitment to building sustainable communities, is all part of the SEAI Better Energy Communities Scheme, which aims to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of homes, community buildings and businesses across the country.

Commenting, Jim Gannon, Chief Executive with SEAI said: “Our communities programmes seek to bring business and the community together, so that they can take control of their own transition to a cleaner energy future. The impact of this SuperValu project is significant with several charities, community organisations and businesses benefitting as a result of the energy upgrades. We are proud of our association with it, and congratulate all involved.”

The seven SuperValu stores involved in Building Sustainably Communities; Smith’s SuperValu Navan, Cahill’s SuperValu Castlerea, Ryan’s SuperValu Glanmire, Ryan’s SuperValu Grange, Murphy’s SuperValu Castletownbere, Arthur’s SuperValu Stradbally and SuperValu Thomastown are a shining example of sustainability and showcase energy efficient technologies in their own stores, as a result of heavy investment in energy upgrades to reduce their own carbon footprint. The installation of LED lighting, refrigeration upgrades with energy efficient doors, and freezer upgrades has resulted in these SuperValu stores recording estimated yearly energy savings of €209,000.

Along with their own store energy upgrades and community charity effort, SuperValu also worked with two suppliers in their Food Academy; Ballyhoura Apple Farm and Tipperary Kitchen, to save these local suppliers €3,900 yearly in energy savings.

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10 jobs created after €2.2m investment in new SuperValu store in Tower, Co. Cork

SuperValu, the leading Irish grocery retailer, announced today that 10 new jobs have been created at its new store in Tower, Co. Cork. SuperValu Tower, operated by local businessman Paddy O’Leary, has been redeveloped from an existing Centra store and will now occupy a footprint of 16,000 square feet after an investment of €2.2m.

The new state-of-art store has also created 10 additional jobs, bringing the total number of employees to over 100. The new jobs will include a number of specialist positions as part of SuperValu’s commitment to providing quality fresh food, with a new fishmonger, butcher counter and hot food delicatessen also available in-store. They will join long serving staff like Catherine Healy and Margaret Twohig, who have worked at the store for the past 31 and 30 years respectively.

Paddy O’Leary is a second-generation retailer, with his mother owning the original store. The 10 new jobs created at the store, will bring the total number he employs to over 155 people between SuperValu Tower, Centra Blarney and a local filling station.

Like all other SuperValu stores, which are independently owned and operated, Mr. O’Leary will provide a tailored offer for the local community, sourcing the very best of local fresh produce from over 20 Cork based suppliers, including Annabelle’s Farm and Tom O’Brien’s free-range eggs.

The new store will also support local food producers, O’Flynn’s Sausages and Castle Pantry who are participants in SuperValu’s Food Academy. The programme is 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 O’Learys remain strong supporters of the local community, supporting the Inniscarra and Blarney GAA clubs, as well as being the main sponsor of Blarney United Football Club.

Speaking at the opening, store owner Paddy O’Leary said, “I am proud to be expanding our family business while continuing to serve the people of Tower, Blarney, Inniscarra and Vicarstown. We have been heavily involved in our local community for the past 50 years, and this new store is a testament for how far we have come.

“It marks a new chapter for us, and we are delighted that SuperValu’s local sourcing policy allows us to build on our commitment to supporting local. We already enjoy a long partnership with the local GAA club, and now we can give back even more to our community by supporting local food producers. After 50 years, we can continue to repay our loyal customers by investing more into the local economy.”

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu said, “The O’Learys have enjoyed a long heritage in Tower, and are well respected local entrepreneurs who employ over 155 staff in the local area. This new store will allow them to continue to serve their community and provide a tailored local offering, while customers can enjoy the great value, quality and choice which is synonymous with SuperValu.”

To mark the opening of the newly revamped store, a number of activities will be taking place over the coming weeks including Food Academy and local supplier tastings on Friday November 17th, a Family Fun day on Saturday November 18tha Health & Wellness demonstration with renowned track and field athlete David Gillick on Wednesday November 22nd, and a cookery demonstration with celebrity chef Kevin Dundon on Friday December 1st.

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 219 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 in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible which helps to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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