Musgrave unveiled as Sustainable Development Goals Champion

Musgrave, Ireland’s leading food retail, wholesale and foodservice company, has today been named as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Champion by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD.

Musgrave was selected to become one of Ireland’s SDG Champions due to its ongoing commitment to operating as a sustainable business, and the notable achievements to date as part of its Taking Care of Our World sustainability strategy.

Musgrave has committed that 100% of its own brand, in-store and fresh produce packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. Important milestones towards this target have been the introduction of compostable produce bags for fruit and vegetable in-store at SuperValu, removing 2.7 million single use plastic bags from its supply chain and introducing compostable coffee cups and lids for Frank and Honest.

Musgrave was one of the first companies globally to integrate the principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals into its day-to-day business activities as part of its Taking Care of Our World sustainability strategy. The company will raise public awareness of the Goals and illustrate practical ways in which organisations and individuals can contribute to achieving the Goals.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious set of targets, covering the social, economic and environmental requirements for a sustainable future. They cover policy areas such as poverty eradication, economic development, protection of the environment, access to health and education services, gender equality, peaceful societies and human rights.

In its role as SDG Champion, Musgrave will now champion four specific SDG goals:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production

Commenting about the announcement, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD said: “We need to take actions in a broad range of policy areas to put us on a more sustainable pathway. The Sustainable Development Goals draw those together in an integrated way. Achieving them will be a challenge. We need everyone to get involved and play their part in whatever way they can. The Champions chosen here today will be beacons of best practice for the coming year. They will lead the way with practical examples for how we can all contribute.”

Chris Martin, CEO, Musgrave, added, “Sustainability is at the heart of Musgrave’s approach to business, so we are honoured that Minister Bruton has named Musgrave as one of Ireland’s Sustainable Development Goal Champions. As SDG Champion, we look forward to making a real difference to the public’s health and well-being by championing sustainable development and building better, sustainable communities across the island of Ireland.”

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Musgrave Unveiled as Sustainable Development Goal Champion by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD

Musgrave, Ireland’s leading food retail, wholesale and foodservice company, has today been named as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Champion by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD.

Musgrave was selected to become one of Ireland’s SDG Champions due to its ongoing commitment to operating as a sustainable business, and the notable achievements to date as part of its Taking Care of Our World sustainability strategy.

Musgrave has committed that 100% of its own brand, in-store and fresh produce packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. Important milestones towards this target have been the introduction of compostable produce bags for fruit and vegetable in-store at SuperValu, removing 2.7 million single use plastic bags from its supply chain and introducing compostable coffee cups and lids for Frank and Honest.

Musgrave was one of the first companies globally to integrate the principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals into its day-to-day business activities as part of its Taking Care of Our World sustainability strategy. The company will raise public awareness of the Goals and illustrate practical ways in which organisations and individuals can contribute to achieving the Goals.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious set of targets, covering the social, economic and environmental requirements for a sustainable future. They cover policy areas such as poverty eradication, economic development, protection of the environment, access to health and education services, gender equality, peaceful societies and human rights.

In its role as SDG Champion, Musgrave will now champion four specific SDG goals:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production

Commenting about the announcement, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD said: “We need to take actions in a broad range of policy areas to put us on a more sustainable pathway. The Sustainable Development Goals draw those together in an integrated way. Achieving them will be a challenge. We need everyone to get involved and play their part in whatever way they can. The Champions chosen here today will be beacons of best practice for the coming year. They will lead the way with practical examples for how we can all contribute.”

Chris Martin, CEO, Musgrave, added, “Sustainability is at the heart of Musgrave’s approach to business, so we are honoured that Minister Bruton has named Musgrave as one of Ireland’s Sustainable Development Goal Champions. As SDG Champion, we look forward to making a real difference to the public’s health and well-being by championing sustainable development and building better, sustainable communities across the island of Ireland.”

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Frank and Honest opens first stand-alone café

Musgrave is pleased to announce the opening of the first Frank And Honest Gourmet Coffee Company stand-alone café, located on Navan Road, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.

This is a new venture for Frank and Honest, now Ireland’s number one on-the-go coffee brand, and they are delighted to have received such positive feedback already from customers in the local area.

Until now Frank and Honest has only been available within SuperValu and Centra stores, mainly as a take-away option, or with seating areas in some stores.

The brand-new café has been designed with their passion for sustainability in mind. It is fitted with energy efficient appliances and lighting, the packaging is eco-friendly, the coffee grounds are used to fertilise the plants around the café, and of course our Frank And Honest take-away cups and lids are 100% compostable.

Because ‘Frankly my dear, we do give a damn!’

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SuperValu is the FIRST Irish supermarket to introduce 100% compostable reusable shopping bags

SuperValu is on a mission to change the world one bag at a time

SuperValu has announced that from 9th September 100% compostable & reusable shopping bags will be available in our stores. A first for any Irish retailer, the introduction of these bags to SuperValu stores will result in a massive 2.5 million plastic bags being removed from circulation. This is the first bag available in Irish supermarkets that is both reusable and compostable. This announcement follows the introduction of fully compostable fruit and vegetable bags for customers in 2018, to date resulting in 2.7 million single-use plastic bags being removed from stores. Both initiatives are just two steps SuperValu is taking as part of their sustainable packaging strategy to make 100% of its Own Brand and fresh fruit and vegetable packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. Already an enormous 113 tonnes of plastic have been removed from fruit and veg packaging; by eliminating plastic where possible, introducing compostable alternatives and reducing the weight of plastic packaging.

The SuperValu shopping bag is priced at 89cent, 100% compostable and made from a blend of renewable raw materials.  When the bag has been used as many times as possible and is ready for the bin it can be disposed of in the brown bin that is found in most homes and many businesses and is then fully broken down once taken to industrial composting sites, turning into water and CO2 within 90 days.

SuperValu is committed to minimising the use of plastic by eliminating, reducing and replacing conventional plastics and is continuously working with suppliers to consider the most sustainable options to reduce plastic, protect the safety and quality of food and to prevent food waste.  The supermarket is continually looking for ways to reduce or replace plastic; from the new compostable SuperValu salad bowls, now in store, to the largest loose fruit and veg offering in any Irish supermarket. Further loose items will be trialled in SuperValu stores and some stores are already selling loose coffee, spices, tea, pulses and cheeses.

Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, said of the launch, “Our customers expect SuperValu to help them make more sustainable choices and we’re committed to doing just that. Reducing our environmental impact on the planet is a core focus of our overall strategy to help build sustainable communities and we have already made significant steps forward in this area.  We are delighted to be the first Irish supermarket to introduce 100% reusable compostable bags in-store and will continue to explore ways of reducing plastic in innovative ways, making sure we meet our pledge to make 100% of our Own Brand and fresh fruit and vegetable packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.”

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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 to open three new stores and create 210 jobs in 2019 as part of €30m investment programme

25th February 2018 – Ireland’s leading grocery retailer SuperValu recorded a new sales milestone of €2.724 billion in 2018. Adding to this SuperValu plans to expand its network by opening three new stores in 2019, creating 210 new jobs in the process, and revamping 30 additional stores as part of a €30 million investment programme.

A key trend in 2018 was the continued growth in SuperValu’s online shopping service, with 25% year-on-year growth in online sales and an additional 26,000 new customers using the service. The retailer also invested substantially in its Real Rewards loyalty programme, with membership growing to 1.2 million people.

Building on its reputation for food leadership, SuperValu’s Signature Taste premium range was a standout line for the retailer, growing sales by over 10% on the previous year. This can be attributed to shoppers looking for an award-winning premium own band range. The range currently features over 330 products with another 40 expected to hit the shelves in 2019.

One of the key sales trends last year was increasing consumer demand for health and wellness-related products. For example, SuperValu now boosts a health and wellness aisle in all stores with a range of over 1,000 products. It also introduced a range of over 340 vegan products to meet consumer demand and has begun rolling out dedicated Vegetarian/Vegan zones across stores as part of its ongoing strategy to differentiate the brand from its competition.

In 2018, SuperValu became the first retailer in Ireland to introduce fully compostable and biodegradable bags for produce, along with increasing their loose range of fruit and veg. The grocery retailer followed this up by becoming the first national grocery retailer to introduce 100% compostable coffee cups through all Frank and Honest stations in its stores. These form part of a broader strategy to reduce packaging and make 100% of SuperValu’s Own Brand and fresh produce packaging become recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

Speaking at the SuperValu conference in the Great Southern Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry, SuperValu Managing Director Martin Kelleher said: “We continue to build on our food leadership credentials and further establish SuperValu as a destination shop by responding to consumer trends and shopping requirements both in-store and online. We plan to build our momentum in 2019 with a €30 million investment programme, which will see three new stores opened and an existing 30 stores revamped as we continue to rollout new shopping concepts such as Vegetarian and Vegan zones, new salad bars and health and wellness aisles, adding both theatre and on trend ranges for the new shoppers evolving tastes.”

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 219 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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