Four Tipperary stores - Bernie’s SuperValu, Roscrea, Murphy’s SuperValu, Carrick-on-Suir, Taite’s SuperValu, Clonmel and SuperValu, Tipperary Co-Op, Tipperary were presented with the Supreme National Hygiene and Food Safety Award by Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu and Irene Collins, Managing Director, Excellence Ireland at the 2012 SuperValu Quality Awards ceremony held in Killarney.
The Supreme Hygiene Award identifies and rewards retailers that have performed to a consistently high level over a three year period. Year-on-year these entrepreneurial food retailers continue to push out the boundaries of excellence with a total of 120 SuperValu stores receiving the Supreme Hygiene Award in 2012.
In addition, Caulfield McCarthy’s SuperValu, Bank Place, Tipperary, Dolan’s SuperValu, Cahir and Morrissey’s SuperValu, Cashel were also presented the Excellence Ireland National Hygiene and Food Safety certificate, which is independent verification of the highest standards of operational hygiene and food safety in the food sector business.
Commenting at the awards ceremony, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu, said - “SuperValu stores continue to push out the boundaries of excellence on a daily basis. The brand is committed to meeting and exceeding the highest standards of food safety. Quality is at the heart of everything we do and the number of SuperValu stores that have achieved an EIQA Award is a testament to this. The hygiene ethos is embedded in daily standards and is maintained throughout our food chain, from production right through to the supermarket shelf.”
Kelleher continued, “A quality performance is about determination to constantly serve our customers to the very best of our ability. It’s about going that extra mile, not because we have to, but because we want to. It’s about the range of food we offer, our customer service standards, our store locations, and not only meeting but exceeding expectations”.
Added Irene Collins, Managing Director of Excellence Ireland Quality Association
“The EIQA National Hygiene mark is a well-recognised programme which incorporates all codes of good hygiene practice, ensuring robust standards and excellence in hygiene and food safety. Today’s consumer expects and demands high standards at all levels, however, it is the consistency in this delivery that ensures an organisation achieves stand out and SuperValu certainly is recognised amongst the wider community for its outstanding results in this area.”