Episode 5 – Career Conversations

Across Musgrave our People are at the heart of all that we do. In this episode we discover how colleagues can build and shape their career, in an environment where people thrive and take immense pride in their work. Listeners will learn more about the Learning & Development opportunities that are available to colleagues at all levels in Musgrave, including one of the country’s leading Graduate & Early Careers programmes and gain more insights into why we are passionate about what we do.

Featuring:

  • Siobhain Scanlon, Early Careers Manager
  • Anne Rigney, Director of Talent, Learning, and Development
  • Max Darby, Senior Data Scientist
  • Alan Holland, Ambient Line Manager, Musgrave Distribution Centre, Cork City
  • Troy Dorgan, General Operative, Musgrave Distribution Centre, Cork City

Episode 4 – Food matters

Musgrave is committed to bringing the highest quality produce to the shelves of retail stores, and the plates of restaurants, bars, hotels and cafes all over the country.

In this episode we visit the Musgrave MarketPlace Food Theatre to understand how new product ranges are developed to meet industry trends and how Musgrave supports customers in developing thriving foodservice businesses; we find out how food makes it’s way from the supplier to the consumer safely and securely; and we learn about the latest issues in the sector such as food fraud.

Featuring:

  • Clement Pavie, Customer and Innovation Manager, Musgrave MarketPlace
  • Ray Bowe, Director of Food Safety and Quality, Musgrave

Episode 3 – Talking supply chain

Musgrave feeds 1 in 3 people every day across the island of Ireland through its 15 leading retail, wholesale and foodservice brands. In this episode, we go behind the scenes of Musgrave’s Supply Chain operations to find out about the people, processes and systems that ensure shelves stay stocked all year round.

Visiting the Distribution Centre in Kilcock, Co Kildare, we meet managers, depot operatives and artic drivers who oversee the delivery of products to Musgrave’s 9,000 customers including retail partners, hotels, restaurants, take-aways, bars and more. We also learn more about how the latest technologies, such as Automation are driving productivity and accuracy.

Featuring:

  • Luke Hanlon, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Musgrave launches innovative and industry-first podcast series

Growing Good Business takes listeners behind the scenes of Ireland’s largest food retail, wholesale and foodservice company

Musgrave, Ireland’s leading food retail, wholesale, and foodservice company, has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind podcast series.

‘Growing Good Business’ will take listeners behind the scenes at the operations of Ireland’s largest food retail, wholesale and foodservice business.

‘Growing Good Business’ is the name of the podcast series, and ties back to Musgrave’s purpose of Growing Good Business, which is about creating a sustainable, profitable business that benefits all stakeholders.

The series will feature unique and fascinating insights into Musgrave, from colleagues right across the business in retail, food service, and wholesale, and goes behind the scenes in supply chain, HR, food safety, and much more.

Recorded in various locations this six-part series, produced in collaboration with AudioBrand, will provide listeners with an unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of Ireland’s largest food retail, wholesale and foodservice company. It combines both in-studio and on-location interviews, creating an immersive audio experience that introduces listeners to the people and places behind the Musgrave business. SuperValu and Centra stores, farms, Musgrave test kitchens, and Supply Chain operations are all showcased.

The first two episodes are set to be released on 8th January; the first episode, ‘A History of Entrepreneurship’ will appeal to established business owners and those with an entrepreneurial spirit alike. This episode features conversations with Musgrave CEO Noel Keeley, SuperValu Portumna owner Yvonne O’Meara and HR Director for Learning and Development Anne Rigney.

The second instalment, ‘Growing Sustainably Every Day’ will shine a light on Musgrave’s efforts to grow a more sustainable business, and how an organisation of Musgrave’s scale is playing its part in the journey to net zero. It features conversations with Chief Supply Chain Officer Luke Hanlon, Head of Insights and Strategy Michelle Fennell and Head of Sustainability Owen Keogh.

Episodes three and four are slated for release in the week commencing 16th January 2024, with the final two episodes released at the end of January; each episode will continue the series’ unique blend of engaging storytelling, and insightful commentary and narration.

Edel Clancy, Director of Corporate Affairs at Musgrave, said:

We’re thrilled to be launching this unique podcast series, ‘Growing Good Business’ which captures the essence of a 147 year-old family business.  Through this new platform we bring listeners on a journey into the heart of the business – with fascinating insights into who we are, what we’re about and the impact that we have on our communities from the people who make Musgrave what it is today. Their passion, dedication, innovation, and sense of community are evident throughout these behind the scenes conversations. I hope listeners enjoy the series as much as we enjoyed making it!

Patrick Haughey, Founder and Managing Director of AudioBrand, said: “Working with Musgrave on ‘Growing Good Business’ has been a brilliant experience; this series is an engaging collection of stories, perspectives and insights from Ireland’s largest and one of Europe’s oldest family businesses. I’m delighted to have been involved in shining a light on a fascinating sector of Irish business and bringing these stories to life.”

Episodes of ‘Growing Good Business’ will be available to stream and download on all podcast platforms from 8th January 2024. Listen here.

Episode 2 – Growing sustainably every day

Sustainability is at the heart of Musgrave’s purpose of ‘Growing Good Business.’

In this episode we learn more about how the business is driving positive change, through it’s business operations and in partnership with retailers, suppliers and customers. Key figures discuss Musgrave’s strategy of ‘Growing sustainably every day’, and it’s commitment to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2040.

Featuring:

  • Owen Keogh, Head of Sustainability, Musgrave
  • Michelle Fennell, Head of Insights and Strategy, Musgrave
  • Luke Hanlon, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Musgrave
  • Noel Keeley, CEO, Musgrave

Episode 1 — A history of entrepreneurship

At the heart of Musgrave is a commitment to entrepreneurship; from long-standing partnerships with independent retailers and family businesses, to the culture of innovation displayed by colleagues, entrepreneurial qualities have been fundamental to the business over its nearly 150-year history.

In the first episode of Growing Good Business we explore this topic with the people who know it best.

Featuring:

  • Yvonne O’Meara, Owner, SuperValu Portumna
  • Noel Keeley, CEO, Musgrave
  • Anne Rigney, Director of Talent, Learning and Development, Musgrave

SuperValu invests £700,000 in rejuvenated Omagh store

Leading convenience retailer SuperValu officially launched its rejuvenated store in Omagh on Friday, 2nd December, following an investment of £700,000, supporting 42 jobs in the local area.

To mark the occasion, locals were invited to visit SuperValu from 2pm to enjoy a cookery demonstration from celebrity home cook Suzie Lee and to sample a selection of local products including SuperValu’s SimpliDish range of meal solutions. There was also a spin the wheel competition with goodie bags to be won, while children were treated to a visit from Santa.

Caroline Rowan, Head of Retail Operations for SuperValu said:

“We are delighted to unveil our new-look SuperValu store in Omagh which is one of the first in Northern Ireland to be developed with our new format. The store has been designed with the local community in mind, ensuring they have the best products and offers on their doorstep, alongside a modern and spacious shopping environment, while the Post Office remains an integral part of the service.

“We’ve engaged with the local community and listened to their feedback and as a result have relocated all departments on the ground floor, which is still accessible from Main Street, Market Street and Scarffes Entry.

“We are very excited to introduce a fantastic new 26 seat Frank and Honest café instore which is a great addition for our High Street customers where they can enjoy a hot beverage and tasty snacks.”

The major investment has allowed for other new and exciting additions including an expanded food-to-go offering with a new hot and cold deli counter, now located on the ground floor; an enhanced grab ‘n’ go sandwich and instore bakery range; as well as the introduction of Moo’d ice cream.

The store also has an extra seating area for customers who wish to enjoy their food in-store while new self-scan tills have been introduced for convenience.

In addition to expanding the current ranges, the Happy Pear plant-based range of products is now available alongside a new selection of healthy meals, plus an enhanced meat range prepared instore by our butcher. Supporting local, the store also stocks Mulligans, one of Omagh’s favourite local bakeries.

The new Frank and Honest 2.0 coffee dock offers a greater selection of hot-drinks-to-go for customers on the move and features 100% compostable coffee cups, plastic free coffee capsules and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee beans. Customers can benefit from the brand’s digital loyalty app which offers a free coffee after earning ten digital stamps.

The store’s off licence, which has been relocated and increased in size, now boasts an improved, premium range of beers, wines, and spirits including specially sourced wines exclusive to Musgrave NI (owner of SuperValu).

Commenting on the revamp, store manager Kieran Kelly said: “The team and I are really excited to welcome customers, existing and new, to our amazing, rejuvenated store in the heart of Omagh’s town centre.

“We were extremely proud to win the ‘Retailer of the Year’ award at the Omagh Business Awards recently and we look forward to continuing to provide great value and service to our customers. We hope shoppers enjoy all the new and exciting concepts in store and we are always on hand to help them have the best shopping experience possible.

“With the cost-of-living continuing to rise, it’s clear that keeping household costs down is front of mind for our customers. As part of SuperValu’s commitment to value, our shoppers will benefit from over 200 special offers on big brands every week and over 400 cheaper own brand products. And with more than 500 of our branded products price-checked against Tesco, we are committed to delivering the best value for our customers across our entire range.”

Musgrave is working to achieve its net zero ambition by 2040 and the group are firmly committed to being more sustainable, Caroline Rowan explains:

“As part of Musgrave NI’s company-owned portfolio, we have significantly invested in new energy saving technology. The store is powered using green electricity and features new digital screens, energy efficient LED lighting, and electronic shelf edge labels, making the store as efficient and green as possible.

“Musgrave NI also supports local, spending more than £160m on local food and drink annually. We work with more than 3,000 local farmers, partner with over 150 local suppliers and stock over 3,500 local products across our stores.”

SuperValu Omagh is open from 8am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday and Saturday, 8am to 8pm on Thursday and Friday, and 1pm to 6pm on Sunday.

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces Trim Co. Meath as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2022

  • €1.4 million announced in grant aid for over 930 SuperValu TidyTowns groups nationwide
  • Rosscarbery in Co Cork named Ireland’s Tidiest Village; Cahir in Co  Tipperary wins Young Person’s Award
  • Minister Humphreys hails third highest number of entries ever as full awards ceremony returns to RDS
  • Minister also confirms new sponsorship deal with SuperValu until 2027

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (28th October) announced Trim, Co. Meath as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2022.

Over 750 TidyTowns volunteers were present at the SuperValu TidyTowns awards ceremony at the RDS in Dublin – with thousands more watching online.

It was the first full-scale Awards Ceremony since the onset of the Pandemic.

This year’s competition received the third highest number of entries in its almost 65-year history.

Rosscarbery, Co Cork was named as Ireland’s Tidiest Village.

Cahir, Co. Tipperary was named as the overall winner of the Young Persons in TidyTowns Award and also the overall winner of the SuperValu AsIAm Inclusive Communities Award.

Announcing Trim as the overall winners, Minister Humphreys said:

“I want to sincerely congratulate Trim and all of its TidyTowns volunteers for being crowned Ireland’s tidiest town for 2022.

“This is a moment of great pride for Trim and indeed the wider county of Meath. Having first entered the competition in 1959, Trim today continues to showcase all that is good about community and volunteerism.

“I have no doubt that the TidyTowns Group in Trim will receive a warm and deserving homecoming as they celebrate this wonderful occasion.

“The level of competition was extremely high this year with the third highest number of entries ever recorded.

“I want to pay tribute to all the winners today but, above all, I want to say a huge thank you to the thousands of TidyTowns volunteers across the country.

“The time and effort that you put in to making your town or village a better place says so much about your commitment and dedication to your community.

“Your hard work and enthusiasm is nothing short of inspiring.”

The SuperValu TidyTowns competition has been in existence since 1958 and Trim (Baile Átha Troim, Co Mí) was judged to be the best from a number of 882 entries to the competition this year.

On hand to announce the results of the 2022 competition with Minister Humphreys was Mr. Ian Allen, Managing Director of SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor for over 30 years.

Some of the other big winners on the day included:

  • Rosscarbery, Co. Cork (Ros Ó gCairbe, Co Corcaigh) awarded Ireland’s Tidiest Village.
  • Clonakilty, Co Cork (Cloch Na Coillte, Co Corcaigh) awarded Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town.
  • Trim, Co Meath (Baile Átha Troim, Co Mí) awarded Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town.
  • Ennis, Co Clare (Inis, Co Clár) awarded Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre.

The Minister also thanked SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor, adding:

“Today, I want to congratulate SuperValu who have been loyal supporters and sponsors of the competition for over 30 years.

“SuperValu continues to support the competition through their sponsorship and through their supportive network of local retailers who are embedded in these areas and share the ethos of the competition by empowering and supporting sustainable communities.

“Following a competitive process to secure a funding partner for the competition, it gives me great pleasure to announce today that negotiations have commenced with SuperValu as the preferred bidder to partner with the Department of Rural and Community Development to administer the competition out to 2027.

“I also want to pay tribute to the team in my Department who have worked tirelessly to ensure this year’s competition was a success.”

Mr. Ian Allen, Managing Director, SuperValu commented after the awards:

“On behalf of SuperValu, I would like to congratulate Trim for being named Ireland’s tidiest town for 2022, fifty years since the town first won the competition in 1972. It’s a wonderful achievement and a testament to the hard work and commitment of the committee and team of volunteers involved. It’s also important to acknowledge the extraordinary achievement and efforts of the category winners. This year marked another milestone year for the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, with a record 1,000 groups engaging in the competition, and an incredible 882 entries. Congratulations to all the incredible committee members, who, in collaboration with our network of independent retailers, share our desire to build thriving, sustainable communities.”

Mr. Allen went on to say,

“We are delighted that SuperValu will be continuing our sponsorship of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition for the next five years and are very grateful to the Department of Rural and Community Development for the opportunity in this regard. Over the last three decades, our respective teams and local independent retailers have worked hand in hand to develop and grow SuperValu TidyTowns to what it is today; a uniting force, gathering people from all parts of the community to work together to make our towns and villages great places to live, work and visit. We are proud that the competition has gone from strength to strength over the past 30 years of partnership, with an increased focus amongst entries for 2022 on innovative sustainability, biodiversity and conservation projects that will enhance our communities for years to come.”

Minister Humphreys also announced a special allocation of €1.4 million in funding to support the work of individual TidyTowns Groups around the country to assist them in their continued efforts to enhance their towns and villages. This is the sixth consecutive year that funding has been provided to support these Groups and brings the total allocated since 2017 to €8.1 million.

The Minister said:

“The creation of a sense of place that our groups achieve through their efforts makes our towns and villages the wonderful places they are to live in, to work in and indeed to visit.

“The initiatives taken by volunteers in areas of Climate Action, Sustainability and Inclusivity are most encouraging and as such I am very pleased to be able to announce this funding today to support them in bringing about even greater change into the future.

“In total, 935 TidyTowns groups across the country will be eligible to benefit from this investment.”

The SuperValu TidyTowns competition is organised by the Department of Rural and Community Development and sponsored by SuperValu who have sponsored the competition since 1991.

Full details of all this year’s winners are available at www.tidytowns.ie and at www.supervalu.ie

SuperValu invests £650,000 in rejuvenated Dairy Farm store

Leading convenience retailer SuperValu officially launched its rejuvenated Dairy Farm store and Post Office in Dunmurry, Belfast on Friday, 21st October, following an investment of £650,000, supporting 34 jobs in the local area.

To mark the occasion, locals were invited to visit SuperValu to enjoy a cookery demonstration from celebrity home cook Suzie Lee, balloon modelling, face painting, and to sample some of SuperValu’s SimpliDish range of locally produced meal solutions. Local teenager Thomas McCauley, a self-taught musician, also entertained shoppers with an outstanding performance on his keyboard, while loyal customer Paddy Elliman helped to officially open the store.

Caroline Rowan, Head of Retail Operations for SuperValu said:

“We are delighted to unveil our new-look SuperValu store in the Dairy Farm shopping centre which has been designed with the local community in mind, ensuring they have the best products and offers on their doorstep, alongside a modern and spacious shopping environment. The store is one of the first SuperValu stores in Northern Ireland to be developed with our new format.”

The major investment has allowed for new and exciting additions in store including an expanded chilled and fresh offering, an enhanced bakery, and the introduction of Frank and Honest coffee. The gourmet coffee brand features a wide range of hot drinks to go as well as 100% compostable coffee cups, plastic free coffee capsules and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee beans. Customers can also benefit from the brand’s digital loyalty app which offers a free coffee after earning ten digital stamps.

The store is also stocking the Happy Pear plant-based range of products, a new selection of healthy meals, and an improved new look off-licence with an increased premium range of beers, wines, and spirits.

Commenting on the revamp, store manager Padraig Muckian said: “The team and I are really excited to welcome customers, existing and new, to our amazing, rejuvenated store in the Dairy Farm shopping centre. We hope shoppers will enjoy all of the new and exciting concepts and the great value and service on offer, and we are always on hand to help our customers have the best shopping experience possible.

“With the cost-of-living continuing to rise, it’s clear that keeping household costs down is front of mind for our customers. As part of SuperValu’s commitment to value, our shoppers will benefit from over 200 special offers on big brands every week and over 400 cheaper own brand products. And with more than 500 of our branded products price-checked against Tesco, we are committed to delivering the best value for our customers across our entire range.”

Musgrave is working to achieve its net zero ambition by 2040 and the group are firmly committed to being more sustainable, Caroline Rowan explains:

“As part of Musgrave NI’s company-owned portfolio, we have significantly invested in new energy saving technology. The store features energy efficient LED lighting and refrigeration plus electronic shelf edge labels, which will save 7,000 sheets of paper per year.

“Musgrave NI also supports local, spending more than £160m on local food and drink annually. We work with more than 3,000 local farmers, partner with over 150 local suppliers and stock over 3,500 local products across our stores.”

SuperValu Dairy Farm is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Wednesday, 8am to 9pm Thursday to Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

ENDS

Picture caption:

From left to right: Store manager Padraig Muckian; local teenager and musician Thomas McAuley; head of retail operations at SuperValu, Caroline Rowan; celebrity home cook Suzie Lee; and Mark Jones from SuperValu’s charity partner Action Cancer, officially launch the new look store.

For more information please contact:

Carol Marshall

Brand Communications Manager

Mobile: 07760 78732

Local Centra NI Store Secures Win at Prestigious Awards

Centra Mallusk has scooped the top award in the ‘Best Food-To-Go Outlet’ at the 2022 UK-wide Forecourt Trader Awards.

Widely regarded as the most prestigious competition in the UK’s petrol retailing industry calendar, the Forecourt Trader Awards have been rewarding excellence and outstanding achievement across a range of specialist and regional categories, for more than 20 years.

Head of Retail Operations at Musgrave NI, Caroline Rowan, commented on the award:

“I would like to congratulate store manager Danielle Finlay and the team at Centra Mallusk for winning this prestigious award. The store offers customers a comprehensive range of Food-to-Go concepts so to be recognised as the best in the UK in this category, demonstrates the hard work and commitment of the team to provide the best in modern convenience retailing.”

Store manager Danielle Finlay added:

“Our customers love our food-to-go range and our entire team are committed to providing them with the best customer service. We are thrilled to see this hard work pay off and to have achieved this award.”

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