SuperValu Award for Excellence in Food Microbiology

(left to right) Prof Patrick O’Shea, President of UCC, Nora Cash, Award Recipient, Ray Bowe Head of Food Safety & Quality Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland, and Prof Gerard Fitzgerald Head of School of Microbiology UCC.

The SuperValu Award for Excellence in Food Microbiology was presented in UCC recently by Ray Bowe, Head of Food Safety & Quality, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Launched in 2015, the award is presented to the highest performing Final Year Masters student in the Food Microbiology Faculty. Safe, nutritious food is of vital importance to all consumers and research in the area of microbiology provides the platform for the developing that knowledge. UCC has a long tradition in this field which was the principle reason for the original partnership between SuperValu and UCC.

Ray Bowe commented: “The leading-edge microbiological research conducted by the team at UCC is recognised globally and we are delighted to honour this endeavour. The SuperValu Excellence in Food Microbiology Award is now in its fifth year and reflects the continuing positive association between UCC and SuperValu Food Safety & Quality Team.

“The Masters research undertaken by Nora Cash was in the area of Bifidobacteria which is of critical importance to gut flora health in infants. Such research helps to further support Ireland’s leadership in the global infant nutrition industry. We wish Nora every success in her future career.”

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World Food Safety Day

Today, Friday 7th June 2019 has been designated as the first World Food Safety Day by the United Nations General Assembly.

The theme for the day is ‘Food Safety, everyone’s business’.

There are currently 600 million cases of foodborne illness around the world every year (1 in 10) with children under the age of 5 years of age being 50% of all cases are representing over 125,000 deaths annually. The World Food Safety Day is a tangible signal by the World Health Organisation to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne disease globally.

Ray Bowe, Head of Food Safety and Quality, said: “Musgrave is supporting World Food Safety Day through various channels of communication with our retailers, consumers and internal colleagues in addition to collaborating with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Safefood. Musgrave remains committed to the highest standards of food safety throughout the supply chain and our teams work to continuously improve standards.”

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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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