SuperValu encourages Irish shoppers to Buy Irish & Support Local this June for Guaranteed Irish Food Month

For every €1 spent on Irish goods €5 comes back to the Irish economy*

80% of survey respondents underestimate the positive impact of shopping local

31st May 2021 – To mark Guaranteed Irish Food Month SuperValu, Ireland’s leading food retailer is partnering with Guaranteed Irish to encourage shoppers to buy Irish and support local this June. The call comes as a staggering 93% of respondents to a survey said they try to buy Irish foods when they shop.

The research also shows that when it comes to buying Irish, the top four reasons included: to support jobs (76%), support local producers (72%), the quality of local food is better (51%) and because shopping local has less of an environmental impact (47%).

However, the research showed that respondents underestimate the positive return of shopping local and the positive impact it can have on economic recovery following Covid-19. Eurostats research shows that for every €1 spent on Irish goods, €5 comes back to the Irish economy, a boost which could be hugely beneficial to local producers as they look to rebound following the pandemic.

80% of the survey respondents underestimated this return: 47% of consumers believe that for every €1 spent it delivers €1 to the Irish economy, 33% believe it delivers twice the return, €2 for every €1 spent, and only 20% of respondents recognise that for every €1 spent on Irish goods, €5 comes back to the Irish economy. With Ibec stating that 250,000 jobs are linked to the agri-food sector, imagine if everyone understood how simple it was to support the Irish economy.

Consumers also think they are spending more on Irish products since Covid, with 20% of respondents stating they are spending close to an additional €10 weekly on Irish products. In line with previous research, consumers said when it comes to buying Irish 72% try to buy staple products, such as bread, dairy and meats, while 40% prefer to select Irish artisan food products such as jams, sauces and cheeses.

Ray Kelly, Marketing Director, Musgrave Retail Partners said: “We have always believed in supporting local and this has taken on added importance during Covid-19. Throughout the pandemic we have been doing what we can to support local producers and to generate awareness of Irish brands through our work with Food Academy, our Monday Market initiative and Sustainability Sundays. This June as the country reopens to hospitality, we want to go a step further and call on the Irish public to buy Irish and support local whether it’s your local food producer, shop or café for Guaranteed Irish Food Month.”

“At SuperValu 75% of all our goods are sourced in Ireland, supporting a massive 1,800 Irish suppliers so we know first-hand the importance of supporting local Irish producers. Today’s research shows that a massive 80% of consumers underestimate the positive return of shopping local, this June if consumers purchased one additional Irish product weekly, imagine the positive impact we could have on jobs throughout Ireland.”

According to the new research 30% of consumers recognise SuperValu as the leading retailer when it comes to stocking the best Irish food products. A further 79% of respondents said they keep an eye out for the Guaranteed Irish logo when they are doing their food shopping.

Speaking about the launch, Bríd O’Connell, CEO Guaranteed Irish said: “We already know that through the multiplier effect every €100 that is spent in the local economy is actually worth €500 to that same local economy (Eurostats). This effect works in such a way that when money is spent locally it circulates and is retained within that local economy, re-injected through further expenditure on local goods, services, and wages – as opposed to ‘disappearing’.  The manufacture of food and drink products is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most 9.7% of total employment in the four economically weakest important indigenous industry and accounts for regions – proving to be a strong driver of regional development. In supporting Guaranteed Irish Food Month this June and through initiatives such as Monday Market, SuperValu are encouraging their customers to stand up for Irish producers and support local. Research by Guaranteed Irish showed that 70% of consumers look for an Irish quality mark of “trust” and 77% want to know if the ingredients are truly Irish, so the desire to support local is there and we hope to see Irish consumers support local this food month.”

*Eurostats – Research conducted between May 17th – May 20th 2021, representative sample of 521.

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Guaranteed Irish and SuperValu support Food Academy food producers in a bid to drive local enterprise

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Ireland’s leading retailer SuperValu backs food enterprises, demonstrating its commitment to provenance with national symbol.

Guaranteed Irish, the business membership network supporting 1200+ homegrown and multinational businesses based in Ireland, has today announced a new partnership with one of Ireland’s leading food business development programmes, The Food Academy. The partnership will see SuperValu subsidise the Guaranteed Irish membership fee for Food Academy producers on being awarded the Guaranteed Irish seal of approval by the Appraising Committee at Guaranteed Irish for one year. The deal comes as Irish take-home grocery sales soar by 25.4% during the 12 weeks to 17 May, the fastest rate of growth recorded in the past 15 years, as shoppers adapt to life at home, Kantar Worldpanel reports.

As Ireland’s leading retailer, SuperValu is the biggest supporter of local producers in Ireland. Food Academy producers have sold a combined €140m of produce in SuperValu stores nationwide since 2014, supporting over 1,500 jobs in the Irish economy. To date, 620 food producers have come through the programme, with 292 producers currently live instore with a 52-week shelf space commitment.

Founded in 2014, SuperValu joined forces with the Local Enterprise Office Network and Bord Bia to create the Food Academy Programme. Food Academy works with businesses in the food and drink sector through their journey from start up to getting their products on shelves of SuperValu stores. The programme nurtures small businesses, enabling producers to gain retail and marketing insights from local SuperValu retailers, with a focus on areas such as business planning, consumer trends, packaging, and finance.

Guaranteed Irish businesses make a large contribution to the Irish economy each year, contributing to turnover, employment, and local sustainable enterprise in communities throughout the country. The new partnership will enable food enterprises to join the Guaranteed Irish network of 1200+ businesses and avail of the national symbol of trust, which will add to their brand value. The Guaranteed Irish mark is actively being sought by consumers who value businesses that support enterprise in their community. The partnership between Food Academy and Guaranteed Irish will see the national not-for-profit organisation grow further on the back of a ground swell of support for local businesses and communities. ‘We are delighted to welcome this further growth of our network of homegrown start-ups, especially at this time, when there is so much demand for new supply chains, said Brid O’Connell CEO, Guaranteed Irish. ‘We also commend SuperValu in encouraging local entrepreneurship in Ireland, giving small food producers a big chance at building a sustainable business.’

Guaranteed Irish now has over 1,200 business members, employing 90,000+ people across Ireland, generating an annual combined Irish turnover of €12.9bn. The Guaranteed Irish symbol is the national symbol of trust and business provenance in Ireland since 1974. The official Guaranteed Irish licenced mark is awarded to businesses based in Ireland that support sustainable jobs, contribute to our local communities, and are committed to Irish provenance.

The deadline for Food Academy producers to submit their applications for membership of Guaranteed Irish is Friday July 31, 2020. All successful applicants will have their Guaranteed Irish membership fee heavily subsidised by SuperValu for one year on being awarded the licenced mark by the Guaranteed Irish Appraising Committee represented by Grant Thornton, Certification Europe Ltd. (CEL) and CG Business Consulting.

Carmel Biggane, Food Academy Manager, SuperValu
Carmel Biggane, Food Academy Manager, SuperValu

Commenting on the partnership, Carmel Biggane Food Academy Manager, SuperValu said, “We have a rich heritage of food business and innovation in Ireland, and it has never been more important to support our local & Irish producers. SuperValu is proud to support and promote our 292 Food Academy producers and encourages consumers to discover the high-quality food products offered by these Irish entrepreneurs. The current climate has sparked a resurgence in demand and a new appreciation for local quality food & drink. Having the Guaranteed Irish symbol will give consumers confidence that they are supporting local businesses and providing a vital boost to the local economy.”

 

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