Spring has sprung as SuperValu predicts €17 million in sales of spring lamb this Easter

Farmer Anthony Moran Mount Talbot

SuperValu, the leading Irish grocery retailer, has today announced that it expects to sell €17 million worth of Irish spring lamb this year, the equivalent of 225,000 lambs. The first of this new season Irish lamb is already on sale at selected SuperValu butcher counters across Ireland, just in time for Easter.

SuperValu’s Irish spring lamb is 100% Irish born and bred, reared by Bord Bia Quality Assured farmers such as Roscommon based Anthony Moran. A long-standing supplier of SuperValu lamb for the last 20 years, Anthony Moran keeps 200 ewes, maintaining the highest standards to ensure the best quality lamb for Irish consumers each year.

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu said, “As the number one supporter of the Irish agri-food industry, SuperValu is committed to bringing the very best of locally-sourced fresh Irish produce to consumers. Our policy is to stock 100% Bord Bia approved SuperValu branded meat products, meaning our customers can be confident they are buying the best in Irish meat, while also supporting local Irish suppliers. Our long-term partnerships with producers like Anthony Moran are key to delivering on our strategy of fresh food leadership.”

Roscommon-based SuperValu lamb producer, Anthony Moran commented, “I am proud to once again supply SuperValu with the highest quality new season Irish spring lamb. Over the years, my relationship with SuperValu has gone from strength to strength and I look forward to continuing this partnership long into the future.”

SuperValu sources from over 2,200 Irish suppliers – more than any other grocery retailer in the Irish market – equating to an annual economic contribution of €2.19 billion. SuperValu continues to command the grocery market in terms of meat quality, with more instore expert butchers than any other retailer, offering an unrivalled shopping experience for consumers.

Farmer Anthony Moran Mount Talbot and Ronan Collins (Kepak Lamb Procurement Manager) Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure
Farmer Anthony Moran Mount Talbot and Ronan Collins (Kepak Lamb Procurement Manager)

About SuperValu
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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Launch of 2017 SuperValu TidyTowns competition

L-R Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu; Minister for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, T.D. and Nevaeh Levingston age 6.

Committees Invited to Get Creative for Community Upcycling Challenge

The 2017 SuperValu TidyTowns competition is open for entries from today 5th April 2017. In its 59th year, the competition is administered by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and is sponsored by SuperValu. Through its history the competition has encouraged voluntary activity and community participation across the country. It has helped to make our villages, towns and cities better and more attractive places to live, work and do business in.

In reference to the competition, Minister for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, T.D. said “The SuperValu TidyTowns Competition is built on the voluntary effort of ordinary people across Ireland. Its success is a result of that selfless effort. It is a competition which helps to bring neighbours, with shared values and shared interests, together to improve their surroundings. Almost all members in a community can contribute to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, regardless of age, ability or interests. Participating in the competition raises environmental awareness; it encourages communities to look at how they live, how they use resources and to try to create a circular economy which produces little or no waste. We all have a responsibility to consider the effect of how we live affects others.”

Minister Ring also mentioned the significance of the voluntary effort which drives the competition. “Generations of volunteers on TidyTowns committees have been improving the environment in which we live for 59 years and have helped to transform the appearance of our towns and villages and to promote Ireland’s image abroad. The common thread among TidyTowns volunteers is a pride in their own place; they want to make it the best it can be. They want to effect positive change not just for today, but for future generations. I encourage committees to continue to recruit new volunteers, www.volunteer.ie, the website of Volunteer Ireland helps to match members of the public interested in volunteering with voluntary opportunities in their local area. TidyTowns committees should take advantage of this initiative to seek out new volunteers or voluntary expertise. Ireland has a proud tradition of volunteering so it is fantastic that Sligo is nominated as European Volunteering Capital for 2017. I know they will play a big role in recognising current volunteers and raising awareness of volunteering opportunities.”

Speaking at the launch, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu said: “Now in its 26th year, SuperValu TidyTowns is one of the longest running sponsorships in Ireland and one that we are extremely proud to be associated with. SuperValu TidyTowns celebrates the efforts of communities the length and breadth of Ireland, who, year after year, work tirelessly in an effort to enhance their towns and villages. As the competition continues to grow, SuperValu is looking forward to continuing its support, having recently been confirmed as sponsor of the competition for the next five years.”

“As Ireland’s leading retailer, with locally-owned SuperValu stores in every county in the country, our retailers are embedded in their local communities and through the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, they bring the SuperValu ethos of building vibrant local communities to life on a daily basis – just one of many community initiatives which allows them to give back and support local.”

“This year we are excited to add another dimension to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition with an upcycling photo challenge which is encouraging TidyTowns committee members to integrate upcycled materials into their beautiful communities, with their efforts supported by local SuperValu retailers around the country.”

The Minister expressed his appreciation to SuperValu for their continued support in sponsoring the competition. “Following a competitive process in 2016 I am delighted that SuperValu have been confirmed as sponsors of the competition for the next 5 years. This builds on 25 years of association between SuperValu and the competition. They have helped to grow the competition through their sponsorship and by getting involved locally through their nationwide network of retailers. Officials in my Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, who administer the competition, look forward to continuing this synergistic relationship. I thank SuperValu for all for their continuing efforts to maintain the success of this competition.

In addition to the main competition there are thirteen Special Awards that can be entered. Welcoming these awards Minister Ring said “I also thank the sponsors of these awards for their support over the years. A number of the sponsors have been loyal to TidyTowns for some years now and the appetite for the awards is still as strong as ever. These awards add to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition and I would like to encourage entrants to consider entering some of them as well as the main competition.”

This year, towns and villages across Ireland are being asked to further grow the SuperValu TidyTowns green culture through a new photo competition – the Upcycling Challenge. TidyTowns committees will be invited to use their creative skills to upcycle and recycle items such as palettes, old tyres and old furniture into useful and beautiful community creations. Local SuperValu retailers will provide committees with materials to support their efforts, and there will also be a series of “How to upcycle” videos available online, with plenty of prizes for the winners.

The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s SuperValu TidyTowns competitions is 25th May 2017. Entry forms to the competition can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs – Phone (096-24309) or by visiting www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie. For entry to the Special Competitions, please download your entry form at www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie.

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Irish Human Resources Champion Award 2017

Group shot BallymunCongratulations to our colleagues who won the Irish Human Resources (HR) Champion Award 2017 for the best Change Management Programme at the recent HR Champion Awards held in the Guinness Storehouse on the 24th March 2017.

These awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of HR teams operating at the front line of companies throughout Ireland, delivering ambitious programmes and transforming our business experience. This year competition was tough with entrants from many national and multinational companies from various sectors.

The HR Champion Award relates to the Change Management People and Behaviours Strategy delivered in MarketPlace in Ballymun as part of the development of the Food Emporium. The Ballymun Food Emporium launched to great success last year, a success made possible by the team who as a result of the training and support they received through the strategy were empowered to be able to participate fully in the exciting new development.

Catherine Lambe, HR Director said ‘Engaging all our colleagues with our vision for the Food Emporium was critical to our success. In fact all our colleagues developed a vision of what they wanted to create to make our Food Emporium different and better for our customers.  This engagement focused on providing Great Service to our customers about our ranges and involved up- skilling our colleagues on first for service training and product knowledge. We continue to have a full calendar of events for the team around food and service trends and changes to be delivered throughout the year.’

Congratulations to all involved!

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