Musgrave MarketPlace surpasses half a million mark for meals donated to Irish charities through FoodCloud

Musgrave MarketPlace, Ireland’s only 100% Irish owned national wholesale supplier to foodservice, retail and SME businesses across Ireland, is proud to announce this morning that since 2016 it has donated over 550,000 meals to charities in Ireland through its partnership with FoodCloud. This donation equates to 250 tonnes of food and a saving of €750,000 to Irish charities

Through its food donations, that would otherwise have been diverted to landfill, Musgrave Marketplace has prevented over 800,000 kilos of CO2 emissions from entering the earth’s atmosphere and damaging the environment. As food waste is a huge contributor to climate change, Musgrave Marketplace is committed to doing everything possible to build a more sustainable future and its partnership with FoodCloud is a key focus for the business.

FoodCloud is a social enterprise that connects businesses with surplus food to charities in their local communities via a software platform, allowing them to donate food easily, directly to charities that need it. Since Musgrave MarketPlace established its partnership with FoodCloud in 2016, a variety of Irish charities have been able to reduce weekly food costs by an average of 30%.

Musgrave MarketPlace now donates from their Central Distribution Centre in Blanchardstown as well as their seven branches nationwide. It also contributes to achieving one of the many commitments set out in the Taking Care of Our World, the Musgrave 2020 sustainability strategy which commits to alleviating food poverty by supporting food re-distribution charities.

Musgrave MarketPlace donates surplus food from their 7 branches directly to Irish charities through the FoodCloud app. Donation details are entered in to the app before 9am each morning and the charity will then respond to this notification. Each branch will get an update via the app by 10am, and donations are collected between 11am-12pm.

Catherine Lambe, Human Resources Director at Musgrave Marketplace, commented on the initiative: “Musgrave MarketPlace is proud to announce that it has donated over 550,000 meals to charity through its partnership with FoodCloud, saving charities nationwide over €750,000. Through our partnership with FoodCloud we have helped provide quality, fresh produce to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.  Rediverting our food surplus to FoodCloud has not only helped local charities but it has also reduced our C02 landfill by 800,000 kilos. We look forward to continuing our partnership with FoodCloud.”

Aoibheann O’Brien, co-founder at FoodCloud commented “Musgrave MarketPlace has been a key contributor in FoodCloud’s efforts in reaching many organisational goals since the partnership began. To surpass the 550,000th meal donation mark in such a short period of time is testament to the effort put in and the work carried out by the dedicated staff at Musgrave MarketPlace. Musgrave MarketPlace is an excellent example of an organisation that has expanded its operation with us over the years, rolling out FoodCloud to its branches outside Dublin and as a result, FoodCloud has now donated over half a million meals to local charities. We look forward to working in partnership with Musgrave MarketPlace for many years to come.”

FoodCloud was established in 2013 with one store in Dublin city and has grown to enable businesses across the UK and Ireland to donate their fresh, surplus food to people in need and make a meaningful contribution within the communities they operate.”

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Daybreak Dungarvan WINS Best Overall Store of the Year & the Charity Merit Award at Daybreak Store of the Year Awards

Daybreak Dungarvan was named ‘Best Overall Store of the Year’ and also took home the ‘Charity Merit Award’ at the annual Daybreak Store of the Year Awards, which took place Thursday the 4th of April. Hosted in the Knightsbrook hotel, Co. Meath, the awards recognise retail excellence across Daybreak stores nationwide.

As well as scooping the top accolade, Overall Store of the Year on the night, the store also took home the Charity Merit Award for its outstanding achievement in raising over €9,000 for the Irish Heart Foundation, Daybreak’s charity partner in 2018. Daybreak Dungarvan, located on Youghal Rd, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, is owned by Kevin Forde and employs 28 people.

Daybreak is Ireland’s fastest growing convenience group with over 220 stores nationwide. All stores are independently owned by local retailers ensuring that each store can respond to the everyday needs of their local community.

Fifteen retailers were shortlisted for the overall Daybreak Store of the Year Award, which focuses on four key areas – products & services, store environment, communications, and people. During the competition stores were assessed against rigorous criteria, including a series of mystery shopper surveys and audits on store standards.

The Dungarvan-based store was also recently awarded the highly prestigious Q Mark Emerald Standard. The National Q Mark awards are widely recognised in Ireland’s food service industry as the Oscars of Business Excellence. The Q Mark is the highest standard of food safety available in Ireland and verifies Daybreak Dungarvan’s efficiency, performance and commitment to food safety.

As well as the coveted overall Store of the Year accolade, other awards on the night focused on key in-store categories and store layouts. The winners were: 

  • Best Forecourt Store of The Year & Health Champion Award: Daybreak Southlink
  • Best Neighbourhood Store of The Year: Daybreak Rolestown
  • Best High Convenience Store of The Year: Daybreak The Gandon Inn
  • Best Wine Award & Best Off-Licence Award: Daybreak Raven Terrace
  • Best Impulse Award: Daybreak Castlerea
  • Best Food to Go & Hot Beverage Award: Daybreak Cloonboo
  • Best Product Availability Award: Daybreak Drumgoold
  • Best Customer Service Award: Daybreak Tractamotors

Speaking at the Daybreak Store of the Year awards ceremony, Thomas Morrison, Head of Retail Sales, Musgrave Wholesale Partners, said:

“Huge Congratulations to Kevin Forde and his hardworking team at Daybreak Dungarvan on winning ‘Best Overall Store of the Year Award’ and the ‘Charity Merit Award’ at the Daybreak Store of the Year Awards. The Store of the year awards celebrate excellence in convenience retailing and highlight the great consumer experience provided across the Daybreak network. It was a tough competition this year with many worthy contenders and this win is a testament to the team’s huge effort and commitment to providing to providing a great service to their local community.”

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Musgrave MarketPlace reports growth of 198% for eco-friendly packaging and disposable products in the first 9 weeks of 2019

Sales of eco-friendly products, packaging and disposables grew by 131% in 2018

“The dramatic rise in demand for eco-friendly products across our customer base is a sign that a new era of environmentally conscious business activity is upon us”. Sheena Forde, Trading Director Musgrave MarketPlace

Musgrave MarketPlace, Ireland’s leading wholesale supplier to food service, retail and SME businesses, announced this morning that sales of its eco-friendly packaging and disposables range saw a dramatic increase in sales of 131% in 2018. The support for eco-friendly products has continued into 2019, as sales for the first 9 weeks of 2019 are up 198% compared to the same time last year. The eco-friendly packaging and disposables products are available at all Musgrave MarketPlace branches nationwide.

Eco-friendly packaging currently accounts for 4.6% of total packaging products sold at Musgrave MarketPlace and is the fastest growing product group within the organisation. It is predicted that eco-friendly packaging will account for 6.9% of total packaging sold by the end of 2019.

The biggest areas of product growth within the Musgrave MarketPlace eco-friendly range are sales in coffee cups and lids (up 465% in 2019), takeaway containers (up 187% in 2019) and cutlery and straws (up 96% in 2019). Other eco-friendly products supplied by Musgrave MarketPlace include bowls, plates, cutlery, and trays. Sales from contract caterers (up 123%), offices and workplace (up 57.1%), and restaurants (up 63%) are the biggest sector growers for the range in 2019.

As part of their commitment to a more sustainable future, Musgrave MarketPlace has launched its eco-friendly range supplying over 100 eco-friendly packaging and disposable products at all branches nationwide. The movement towards eco-friendly products has become a key issue for foodservice, retail and SME businesses in Ireland as consumers become more aware of the effect their consumption habits can have on the environment.

Commenting on the dramatic increase in sales of eco-friendly packaging and disposables products in Musgrave MarketPlace branches throughout the country, Sheena Forde, Trading Director Musgrave MarketPlace said: “At Musgrave MarketPlace, we place a premium on identifying the latest trends within the industry, so that we can consistently supply our customers with the best range of products available in accordance with their needs. The dramatic rise in demand for eco-friendly products across our customer base is a sign that a new era of environmentally conscious business activity is upon us, and Musgrave MarketPlace is proud to be to the fore of this movement.

 “Eco-friendly packaging and disposables are areas of huge growth potential for us and the wider industry. We’re working with our fantastic suppliers to expand our range in order to ensure we are providing our customers with the best sustainable eco-friendly alternatives on the market. At present we have dedicated spaces within all our branches for eco-friendly packaging and disposables, with over 100 different types of eco-friendly product in each section.

“We as an organisation are committed to ensuring we play our part in assisting Ireland reach its 2025 and 2030 plastic recycling targets. Supplying the best in class eco-friendly packaging and disposables to our customers is a massive step forward towards a cleaner environment. We intend to expand our offering this year and predict further growth in this area in the coming months.”

The eco-friendly range available at Musgrave MarketPlace is comprised of biobased products made from natural materials that are mostly certified as being industrially compostable. Compostable products biodegrade under specific conditions into carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass in approximately 90 days. All food packaging products are made from either renewable or compostable raw materials.

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SuperValu creates 70 jobs and invests €12 million in new Dunboyne store

SuperValu has created 70 new jobs as part of a €12 million investment in a new, state-of-the-art, 15,200 sq ft store in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Nally’s Dunboyne store is operated by local entrepreneurs Steven and Michael Nally of the Nally Group, who also own and run SuperValu stores in Trim and Celbridge. Pictured at the launch of the new store are (far left) Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu with members of the Nally family – Steven Nally, Michael Nally, Carmel Nally (mother of Steven and Michael Nally), and Steven’s son Nathan Nally – reflecting three generations involved in the business – a rare sight in the grocery retail landscape today.

SuperValu has created 70 new jobs as part of a €12 million investment in a new, state-of-the-art, 15,200 sq ft store in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Nally’s Dunboyne store will anchor an overall 25,000 sq ft new town centre development which incorporates four adjacent units, office accommodation and Frank and Honest cafe, Ireland’s number one gourmet coffee brand.

SuperValu Dunboyne is operated by local entrepreneurs Steven and Michael Nally of the Nally Group, who also own and run SuperValu stores in Trim and Celbridge. The new store was opened today by Carmel Nally, the mother of Steven and Michael Nally, and Steven’s son Nathan – reflecting three generations involved in the business – a rare sight in the grocery retail landscape today.

The state-of-the-art Dunboyne store includes a scratch bakery; deli counter offering a large salad and cold meat selection; rotisserie, fish and butcher counter with fully qualified butchers to share their top tips and advice on choosing the best cuts for any dish.

Reflecting consumers’ evolving shopping habits, the Dunboyne store incorporates a vegetarian and vegan dedicated zone, as well as providing a health and wellness section. Nally’s Dunboyne also offers free customer Wi-Fi and will operate an online click and collect service to provide added convenience for the modern time pressed consumer.

Commenting at the official opening of the SuperValu Dunboyne store, Steven Nally said: “Having grown up in the area, we are delighted to open this state-of-the-art store to serve the local community. It is a huge vote of confidence in the local economy and it is a proud moment to create 70 new jobs in Dunboyne. We are confident that our store, range and team will make a real difference to the people of Dunboyne and its surrounding areas.”

Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director, added: “The opening of the new store in Dunboyne is part of an ambitious expansion programme, which will see SuperValu expand our network this year with three new stores and 30 revamps. SuperValu Dunboyne is a standout store in this regard, highlighting how we bring the best of Irish food together with unrivalled service because the store is owned by local business people who know what the community wants. Steven and Michael Nally are an entrepreneurial family who have built a network now of five SuperValu stores (Celbridge, Kilcock, Maynooth, Trim and Dunboyne), highlighting what can be achieved when an Irish SME goes up against international competitors thanks to a tailored local service and a focus on buying local.”

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 220 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs approximately 14,500 colleagues, making it one of the State’s largest private sector employers. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible which helps to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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