SuperValu, Centra & Mace Honoured at Leading NI Retail Awards

Stores from Ballymoney, Belfast, Carrickfergus and Portaferry Crowned Winners

Stores from across the SuperValu, Centra and Mace network were honoured last night at the 21st Neighbourhood Retailer Awards in Belfast.

Centra took home three awards with McGoveran’s Centra Cathedral Quarter picking up Neighbourhood Store of the Year (category 1), Watson’s Centra in Portaferry crowned Neighbourhood Store of the Year (category 2) and Centra Carrickfergus taking home the title of Forecourt of the Year.

Alastair Connor from McCools SuperValu in Ballymoney was named Store Manager of the Year while Mace, Castle Street Belfast was crowned CTN Store of the Year

The awards, a focal point for the retail industry every year, have been rewarding excellence and celebrating success in retailing since 1998. Independently and rigorously judged by Spotcheck, the Neighbourhood Retailer Awards are widely regarded as NI’s premier awards event for the industry, locally and nationally.

Congratulating all stores, Michael McCormack Managing Director of SuperValu, Centra and Mace in Northern Ireland said:

“Congratulations to all our stores on what is a great achievement to be honoured at this level. These wins are testament to the great value, customer service and offering we have across our store networks but also the hard work and dedication that is put in by our teams. Well done to all involved.” 

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Musgrave re-certified to the Business Working Responsibly Mark for the third time

We were delighted to be re-certified with the Business Working Responsibly Mark this week, the third time Musgrave has received this award. The Mark assesses best-in-class Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability practices in areas such as employee engagement, innovation, environmental practices, supply chain management and local community engagement. Musgrave CEO Chris Martin, receiving the award in Dublin said: “The achievement of the Mark strengthens our ability to make a real impact and work in partnership with others to inspire a sustainable network of positive change”.

It follows on from Musgrave being named by the Government as a Sustainable Development Goal champion earlier this year. We were one of the first businesses globally to integrate the principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals into our day-to-day business activities and are committed to raising public awareness of the Goals as an SDG Champion over the coming 12 months.

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Scally’s SuperValu Wins International Award For Its Autism Friendly Initiatives

Scally’s SuperValu in Clonakilty, Co Cork has won a major international award for its trailblazing autism-friendly initiatives. The Clonakilty store was named winner in the Diversity & Inclusion category of the 2019 IGD Awards, which celebrate the best of the global food and consumer goods industry.

At the gala event at the Tobacco Dock, London, on Thursday, November 7th, Scally’s SuperValu beat global brands such as Coca-Cola and retail groups such as Co-Op Group to scoop the coveted Diversity & Inclusion prize.

Working together with SuperValu, Ireland’s leading food retailer, Scally’s SuperValu has led the way in the Irish food retail sector in championing autism initiatives. As part of SuperValu’s autism-friendly shopping programme, the Clonakilty store has provided specialised training to staff and organised autism-friendly shopping nights in the store.

SuperValu’s autism programme is part of its commitment to building sustainable communities across Ireland. Following on from the launch of its in-store autism-friendly initiatives, last year, Scally’s worked together with autism charity AsIAm and other local businesses in the Cork town to gain recognition for Clonakilty as Ireland’s first autism-friendly town.

Scally’s innovative approach to inclusion has led to 10 other towns in Ireland becoming autism-friendly and 90 other SuperValu stores offering tailored services for people with autism.

Speaking about the award win, Eugene Scally, Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty, said, “I am delighted to accept the IGD Award for Diversity & Inclusion award on behalf of all the hard-working, dedicated team in Scally’s SuperValu. Winning this award demonstrates that by working together with our customers and the local community in Clonakilty to introduce autism-friendly initiatives, we can make a real, positive difference to people’s lives.”

The IGD Diversity & Inclusion Award win follows Scally’s SuperValu winning two categories at the Best in Fresh awards, where the store was recognised for Excellence in Fresh Food Retailing in a Large Supermarket and for Ireland’s Best Fresh Meat Offering.

SuperValu has 220 stores nationwide and serves over 2.6 million customers every week. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible, with 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves sourced in Ireland, helping to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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Charity Partnership is One in 3 Million

SuperValu & Centra reach milestone £3 million fundraising target for Action Cancer

In what is a ground-breaking achievement, SuperValu and Centra retailers have reached a landmark fundraising target of £3 million for Action Cancer – one of the largest amounts ever raised by a company for an individual charity in Northern Ireland.

Thanks to the commitment of SuperValu and Centra retailers in Northern Ireland, Action Cancer is able to provide life-saving services in local communities through the Big Bus as well as the Health Action Programme (HAP).

Michael McCormack, Managing Director of SuperValu and Centra said:

“We are proud to have reached our £3 million fundraising target for Action Cancer. Our retailers and colleagues have worked tirelessly over the years to raise money and this impressive result is testament to their dedication.”

 The Health Action Programme is all about championing health promotion and empowering local children to make the right choices when it comes to their health and lifestyles. The programme has worked with nearly 500,000 pupils across Northern Ireland and Michael McCormack stresses the importance of delivering a healthy lifestyle message to today’s younger generation.

Commenting on the impact of the programme, Mr McCormack said:

“Encouraging healthier lifestyles in younger years can reduce the risks of cancer in later life, so ensuring that this message resonates with our young people is something that SuperValu and Centra passionately support. Our retailers have worked tirelessly to raise over £3million, to enable Action Cancer to continue providing this fantastic service.”   

The Big Bus, which now visits both SuperValu and Centra stores, is a mobile resource centre, providing digital breast screening for women as well as offering M.O.T. health checks for men and women aged 16 and over. In the first half of 2019, the Big Bus has travelled to over 151 locations, providing over 1,963 MOT Health Checks and over 3,624 breast screenings, with an average of six women diagnosed with Breast Cancer per 1,000 women screened.

Gareth Kirk, CEO of Action Cancer stresses the importance of keeping this service on the road:

“The Big Bus touches people’s lives in different ways. For some women, it’s an early breast cancer detection, saving their lives. For others, it’s reassurance that they do not have the disease. Many other men and women gain valuable first-hand insights about their health and how to reduce their risk of cancer. The Big Bus is fuelled by the passion and commitment of our staff, alongside our partners at SuperValu and Centra whose valuable fundraising has made this crucial service possible; together we make a difference to local people every day.”

The longstanding partnership goes back 18 years to 2001 with SuperValu and Centra retailers supporting the vital work of Action Cancer and making a tangible and valuable impact to the people of Northern Ireland.  The SuperValu, Centra and Action Cancer partnership continues to go from strength to strength with plans already in place for a brand-new Big Bus to be unveiled in 2020 and retailers actively looking at new ways to fundraise.

Michael McCormack, Managing Director of SuperValu and Centra, concludes:

“This fundraising milestone is a result of the dedication of our retailers and colleagues – and importantly – the generosity of our customers; we want to say thank you to them for helping us to support the incredible work of Action Cancer.”

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