Headquartered in Cork, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland is the largest division of the multi-billion euro Musgrave Group, which delivers sourcing, sales, marketing and supply chain expertise so local entrepreneurs can compete head-to-head with international supermarket chains. This year it has rejoined GLOBALG.A.P. as a retail member, according to a GLOBALG.A.P. press release.
Ray Bowe, head of Food Safety & Quality at Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland said the retail group aims to strengthen its cooperation with GLOBALG.A.P. to increase transparency in its global supply chains. “GLOBALG.A.P. Certification is a basic requirement for all fruit and vegetables suppliers outside of Ireland. We are looking forward to working with the GLOBALG.A.P. team and to use the great network provided by the association to further deliver our food safety, quality and sustainability goals,” Bowe said.
Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland has a 1,300 employee-strong supply chain operation servicing over 700 SuperValu and Centra supermarkets and convenience shops in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and more than 190 stores under the Mace brand in Northern Ireland. Both the SuperValu and Centra Brands have the leading market shares in the retail and convenience categories in Ireland, respectively. Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland also operates 6 distribution centers.
Founded in Cork by the Musgrave brothers, Thomas and Stuart, in 1876, Musgrave Group plc. is a family-owned business that supports thousands of other family businesses and their local communities in Ireland, UK and Spain. It is not only the largest private company in Ireland by turnover, with sales of €4.6 billion in 2014, it’s also the country’s biggest private sector employer.
Together with its retail partners the company employs more than 35,000 people in Ireland.