Musgrave re-accredited as a verified member of Origin Green

Earlier this month, Musgrave was re-accredited as a verified member of Origin Green – Ireland’s national sustainability programme for the food and beverage industry and the only one worldwide that operates on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector, food producers and food retailers.

Since its launch in June 2012, Origin Green has grown and developed to include over 50,000 farmer members and over 500 food and drink manufacturers. It sets out Ireland’s ambition to become a world leader in the delivery of sustainable, high-quality food and beverage products and has also become the principal platform from which to promote Irish goods across the global marketplace, supporting an industry whose exports last year exceeded €10.8 billion.

“At Musgrave, we recognise that if we a want to make a real impact we must work in partnership with others to create a movement for large scale positive change. As a member of Origin Green, we are contributing to a national programme that works across the food and beverage industry. Annual external audits and stretch targets for all members mean that we are continually challenged to grow and develop our sustainability credentials as an Origin Green member. We are delighted that we have once again achieved the high standards demanded.” John Curran, Head of Sustainability, Musgrave.

Read more about our 2020 Sustainability strategy at www.musgravesustainability.com

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Musgrave signs national Food Waste Charter

On 25th January, Musgrave, Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company, furthered its commitment to reducing food waste by signing the Government’s Food Waste Charter, which is focused on a common approach to the issue of food waste across the retail sector.

The Food Waste Charter aligns with our commitment to halving our food surplus by 2030 in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. It also builds on our work to date and our ongoing commitment to ensuring that no food that is fit for human consumption is wasted, but is instead used to alleviate food poverty through our support for food re-distribution charities such as Foodcloud.

We are also sharing food waste reduction guidelines with the more than 1,400 independent retail partners that operate our SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak brands in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Spain. We will continue to provide consumers with information on how to reduce food waste in their homes.

Welcoming the initiative, Chris Martin, CEO Musgrave said:

“Musgrave, as Ireland’s largest community retailer, is committed to building sustainable communities and supporting consumers to make better purchasing decisions. For over 140 years, our business has been based on a long-term, sustainable approach, with community at the core. With a business of our scale, we recognise our responsibility to make positive impact on the world around us. This means sustainability is integral to doing the right thing by our people, our communities and our business.

We are glad to further our ongoing commitment to tackling food waste by signing this Food Waste Charter today. I commend Minister Naughten, his officials and the EPA for their foresight in establishing the Retail Action Group on Food Waste to prioritise the issue at a national level, and thank the members and Chair of the Group for their engagement to date.

We look forward to engaging with the Government on this and other initiatives into the future, as we continue to embed important sustainability principles into our businesses, and to make further positive impact on the communities in which we operate.”

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten said: “Musgrave have taken on the challenge of food waste and made it a central element of their sustainability agenda. This illustrates their drive to identify innovative food waste reduction opportunities from the corporate to the store level. Taking part in the Retail Action Group highlights their commitment to collaborate in this area and encourage others to sign the Charter and work towards reducing food waste.”

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Musgrave Everyday Heroes 2017 Celebrated at Gala Dinner

The second annual Musgrave Everyday Hero awards were celebrated at a gala dinner on Wednesday evening. Launched as part of Musgrave’s 140-year anniversary celebrations in 2016, the awards give colleagues throughout the diverse Musgrave network an opportunity to nominate someone who they feel brings the Musgrave brand values to life every day.

Hundreds of nominations were received from throughout the company with candidates selected by how well they bring the company values to life through their everyday actions and how it impacts on making Musgrave a great place to work.

Commenting at the Musgrave Everyday Hero awards, Chris Martin, Musgrave CEO, said: “As Ireland’s largest private sector employer, our colleagues are incredibly important to us and the future success of our business. Last year was a milestone year for us as we celebrated 140 years in business and our company values have endured and sustained us right from the start. These awards were established to recognise colleagues who bring our values to life every day, so I am delighted to be in a position to acknowledge the efforts of this year’s recipients.”

The Musgrave Everyday Heroes for 2017 were:

  • Michael Twohig, Store Development
  • June McCarthy, Employee Experience
  • Ger Chatham, Operations
  • Tara Clifford, Insight and Innovations
  • Gary Moloney, Operations
  • Dawn Nugent, Logistics
  • Ross Hayes, IT
  • Dave Hanlon, Retail Services
  • Margo Phillips, Business Services
  • Joanne Murphy, IT
  • Gerard Bingham, Retail Services
  • Alan Scammell, Operations
  • Sara McAuley, Finance
  • Colm Marshall, Operations
  • Fiona Murray, Sales
  • Aiden Crosby, Foodservices
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