Musgrave helps local communities thrive with over €1 million in donations to 150 community causes in 2016

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Musgrave_BITCMusgrave made direct contributions of over €1 million to community causes around Ireland in 2016, according to the latest Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) Business Impact Map, launched today. The direct involvement of Musgrave with over 150 community causes saw employees donate almost 2,600 voluntary hours, supporting vital initiatives such as the Musgrave Triathlon for Breakthrough Cancer Research, Irish Autism Action and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, the Simon Communities of Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer Programme.

Building vibrant local communities is at the heart of the Musgrave vision and this €1m contribution, through a combination of cash and in-kind donations, and employee fundraising, is in addition to the significant charitable contributions of Musgrave’s independent retail partners around the country. For example, SuperValu retailers alone invest in the region of €2.8 million annually on charitable contributions to worthy causes such as St. Vincent de Paul, the Lions Club and regional hospices. Similarly, Centra retailers worked with the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer programme in hosting 200 pink walks each year for the cause, raising funds and helping to promote healthy living. These monetary contributions are supplemented by numerous in-store initiatives such as autism-friendly evenings and dementia-friendly programmes.

Commenting on the launch of the BITCI Business Impact Map, John Curran, Head of Sustainability at Musgrave Group said, “As one of Ireland’s oldest family businesses, commitment to sustainability has been a guiding force throughout our 140-year history. At Musgrave we recognise that we have the opportunity to drive positive change in communities across Ireland and the BITCI Business Impact Map is reflective of our efforts in this regard. Working with our local retail partners, we are committed to enhancing the communities in which we operate, through a powerful combination of employment, local sourcing and charitable contributions.”

Musgrave has been pioneering ambitious sustainability initiatives since the early 1990s and first received the Business Working Responsibly Mark from BITCI in 2014. Founded in 2000, BITCI is the network for responsible business in Ireland and the Business Impact Map, first launched in 2010, is intended to communicate and showcase what member companies are doing for their local communities across the country.

 

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Feeding Ireland’s Future

Feeding Ireland’s Future 2017. Picture by Shane O'Neill Photography.
Feeding Ireland’s Future 2017.
Picture by Shane O’Neill Photography.

For the fourth year, 550 young people across Ireland are being offered the opportunity to immerse themselves in the business world. Musgrave is once again taking part in ‘Feeding Ireland’s Future’ an initiative that aims to facilitate youngsters in work experience and personal development.

This month Musgrave will be opening its doors to Ireland’s young and unemployed for workshops and experience in a real workplace.

The scheme hopes to help young people with business skills such as CV writing, interview techniques, developing a personal brand as well as day-to-day working life exposure. The participants will receive first-hand advice from some of our employees alongside working with some of Ireland’s other great brands.

Some of the young people who took part in Feeding Ireland’s Future in 2016, said it “gave an incredible confidence boost through the CV and Interview Feedback” and that they realised they “don’t have to have a degree to get on in life.”  99% of those who participated said they were more confident about applying for a job after taking part in Feeding Ireland’s Future.

Minister Varadkar who met with Musgrave and other companies involved said: “This is a brilliant scheme and I’m really pleased that more young people can get on-site experience and first-hand advice directly from companies this year. The best way to find work is to know what an employer is looking for. So this is a great example of partnership between State and private sector. I look forward to similar schemes being developed with other sectors in the future.”

 

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SuperValu and Centra scoop two awards at the IITD National Training Awards!

Winners of Best Leadership Development Initiative

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Members of the award winning SuperValu and Centra HR team. L-R: Veronica Sexton, Orla Farrell, Anne-Marie Lynch, Luke Hanlon, Anne Rigney, Denise Cronin and Laura Murphy pictured receiving their IITD Award for Best Leadership Development Initiative.

SuperValu and Centra implemented a nationwide Leadership Development Programme to further enable their business owners to identify innovative ways to exceed customer expectations. This high energy leadership programme is focused on releasing the teams’ ability  to achieve maximum business performance. The work delivered on a daily basis in developing our people in store by colleagues in HR and indeed other functions such as Sales and Trading was key.

 



Winner of Learning and Development Professional of the Year 2017

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Luke Hanlon, HR Director SuperValu /Centra, Learning and Development Professional of the Year 2017, Anne Rigney, Head of Learning and Development SuperValu /Centra

Anne Rigney was awarded this prestigious award for her excellence in the field  and outstanding commitment to champion the people development agenda in SuperValu and Centra. The judges highlighted Anne’s expertise in the subject matter and in depth understanding of emerging trends in learning and development. This is a very special award as it represents the views of the judges having reviewed entries across 20 different categories and several dozen organisations.

 

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Musgrave MarketPlace & Bord Bia team up for 2nd year on Foodservice programme

9th March 2017

Bord Bia and MarketPlace team up for FoodService AdacemySustainably grown seaweed, whiskey flavoured popcorn and Cork’s finest gluten-free fresh chilli sauce are just some of the innovative products selected to join this year’s FoodService Academy. Run by Bord Bia and Musgrave MarketPlace, the programme aims to help participants grow sales within the foodservice, or out of home food, market. The initiative also offers the opportunity to achieve growth within Musgrave MarketPlace’s foodservice business, supplying over 6,000 customers each week ranging from hotels and restaurants to pubs and nursing homes.

Programme Overview

Now in its second year, FoodService Academy will take place over four months and comprise of both workshops and mentoring. Representatives from Musgrave MarketPlace will participate in the workshops, sharing invaluable practical insights and experience to help the companies better understand areas such as supplier set-up, food safety requirements and distribution model as well as sales and marketing support.

Launching this year’s programme, Maureen Gahan, Bord Bia’s Foodservice Specialist, said“Foodservice in Ireland offers major opportunities for suppliers providing innovative products and solutions to meet changing consumer needs. We’re delighted to roll out the second year of our ‘FoodService Academy’ initiative, supporting our belief that food businesses should increasingly look to the foodservice sector as a viable route to market. Now worth €7.5bn and forecast to grow to over €9bn by 2020, this route to market is delivering real growth and value for Irish food and drink companies.”

Sheena Forde, Trading Director, Musgrave MarketPlace added that, “Following on from the success of our FoodService Academy last year and that of the SuperValu Food Academy, we are now looking forward to the second year of our programme to support Irish foodservice producers through Musgrave MarketPlace. A number of the participating companies are Food Academy graduates so we are proud to be in a position to help grow their businesses by introducing their products to our foodservice customer base. As the largest and fastest growing wholesaler in Ireland, we are ideally placed to understand the needs of the foodservice market and, as an Irish family business, we are delighted to work with small Irish companies, many of which are family owned, to give them a head start in the market. The FoodService Academy programme offers a combination of commercial and marketing expertise and will provide invaluable customer insight for the companies involved. We would like to acknowledge the excellent support of Bord Bia throughout the development of this programme, their shared passion for supporting Irish food business has been evident throughout.’’

Participants for the 2017 programme were confirmed following a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event that took place earlier this year at Musgrave MarketPlace’s recently upgraded 75,000sqft Ballymun store. Companies had the opportunity to meet with and present their products to Musgrave MarketPlace Trading Managers, Category Managers and Leinster-based sales representatives. A total of eleven companies were selected to participate in the 2017 programme:

  • Clarafields, a ‘Dulche de Leche’ / caramel sauce manufacturer based in Co. Offaly
  • Fresh Soup Company, Meath based manufacturers of a range of soups and sauces, free from preservatives, artificial colours or flavours
  • MSCVentures Ltd, producers of a range of fresh pestos, pastas and pizza doughs, based in Glanmire, Co. Cork
  • Mungo Murphy’s Seaweed Co., harvesters of sustainably grown seaweed from Connemara
  • Natasha’s Living Food, suppliers of a vegan and raw food snack range
  • Kildare based Nutmost, producers of a range of activated nut-based snack products
  • Popsy Daisy, a Dublin producer of gourmet caramel popcorn using the best quality ingredients from local producers. Flavours include Teeling’s Whiskey Salted Caramel and Apple Crumble.
  • Cork’s Rebel Chilli, for their alternative range of gluten free, fresh chilli sauces.
  • Rosie&JimDublin, a 100% gluten free plant producing whole chicken fillets in breaded coatings and employing over 30 staff
  • Sea of Vitality, an innovative Dungarvan based company producing a range of award winning, value added seaweed based food products and run by husband and wife team.
  • Wicklow Rapeseed Oils, for their range of standard and flavoured culinary oils made from rapeseed grown on farm in the Co. Wicklow
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SuperValu Kinsale is named as Store of the Year 2017

Smiths SuperValu Kinsale Wins Best SuperValu in Ireland Award o
Pictured (L-R): Martin Kelleher, MD SuperValu; Michael Smith, Store Owner; Dwayne Hunt & Jacinta Smith SuperValu Kinsale; JF Michel, Account Director Three Business and Michael Morgan, Sales Director SuperValu.

We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s ‘SuperValu Store of the Year’ are Smiths’s SuperValu, Kinsale. The store beat off stiff competition, surpassing all other SuperValu stores nationwide in the judging categories of product range and innovation, store presentation, fresh food offering, customer care and store quality and hygiene standards.

The thrilled store owner, Michael Smith, paid tribute to his team and acknowledged that their enthusiasm and constant dedication was pivotal to winning the award. “This award recognises and endorses the high level we have reached in transforming SuperValu Kinsale into a top-class store for our customers.”

Other winners on the night included Garvey’s SuperValu, Tralee, Co. Kerry, who took home the award for ‘Medium SuperValu Store of the Year’ and Harris’s SuperValu, Balleborough, Co. Cavan won the title of ‘Small SuperValu Store of the Year’.

Huge congratulations to all winners in what was a very close contest!

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Centra helps 20,000 people Restart their resolutions

Centra’s Kate Ferguson joins Carl Frampton’s award-winning coach, Shane McGuigan, to launch a bespoke 10-week ‘Restart’ programme spanning fitness, nutrition and mindfulness. Part of convenience retailer Centra’s year-long Live Well initiative, the programme aims to get 20,000 people across Northern Ireland to press the restart button on their health and fitness regimes. Throughout the course of the 10 weeks, consumers can sign up to get exclusive videos, podcasts and training plans that have been developed by Shane McGuigan, nutritionist, Jane McClenaghan, mindfulness expert, Bridgeen Rea and Olympian and Commonwealth Games competitor, Johnny Davis. Visit centra.co.uk to sign up to the Restart 10 Week Challenge and share your progress using #livewellni to be in with a chance to win a Fitbit. Follow Centra NI on Facebook (facebook.com/CentraNI) and Twitter @CentraNIR for more top tips.
Centra’s Kate Ferguson joins Carl Frampton’s award-winning coach, Shane McGuigan, to launch a bespoke 10-week ‘Restart’ programme.

New year’s resolutions can often be a little far-fetched, or easily forgotten. Centra has teamed up with Shane McGuigan – famous for coaching Carl Frampton – alongside a panel of health and fitness experts to create a series of 10-week ‘Restart’ programmes.

The programme spanning fitness, nutrition and mindfulness aims to get 20,000 people across Northern Ireland to restart their routine and ditch their bad habits. Shane McGuigan, nutritionist Jane McClenghan, mindfulness expert Bridgeen Rea and Commonwealth Games competitor Jonny Davis have created the programme as part of Centra’s year long ‘Live Well’ initiative.

Customers are given tools such as exclusive videos, podcasts and training plans.

Very often people need a little push to help get them back on track and the training programme I’ve developed is designed to do just that. It will include a range of easy to follow tutorials and top tips that are at the heart of all my training programmes for world-class boxers.”

Visit www.centra.co.uk to sign up to the Restart 10 Week Challenge and share your progress using #livewellni to be in with a chance to win a Fitbit.
Follow Centra NI on Facebook and Twitter @CentraNIR for more top tips.

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