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Musgrave in £10m stores upgrade as it boosts local suppliers

By John Mulgrew

Food chain Musgrave is investing £10m into its store network across Northern Ireland and says it will also increase its spending on local suppliers by around 10% - rising to £100m this year.

The business, which includes brands such as SuperValu, Centra and Mace, says it will invest the money in improving its stores across Northern Ireland, as well as increasing the level of local products it stocks.

Musgrave says it works with more than 140 suppliers in the province, selling more than 3,000 local products in its stores.

Those products include everything from meat to craft beer and gin.

"We've significantly increased our spend in a number of categories including beef, food service, craft beer, gin and meal solutions and this represents more than 10% growth year on year," the firm said.

"At Musgrave we are focused on building long-term relationships and this applies to our suppliers.

"We are proud to work with a large variety of local suppliers and we aim to increase this every year with double digit growth."

Managing director Michael McCormack said: "Musgrave recently celebrated 20 years of investment in Northern Ireland, and this year alone we're committing £100m to the local food and drink industry and £10m to deliver the best in convenience retailing for consumers across our entire network of SuperValu, Centra and Mace stores.

"We pride ourselves on bringing great value and fresh food to the heart of local communities. Supporting retailers, local suppliers and communities remains a top priority for our business.

"Our consumers know that when they shop with us, their money is invested back into their local community through wages, local sourcing, professional services and charitable contributions."

Musgrave's stores and overall business makes it one of Northern Ireland's largest employers, with around 5,000 workers.

This year also saw it investing £2m into health initiatives in the Centra brand with the Live Every Day campaign and SuperValu's Let's Cook mission.

The chief executive of Food NI, Michele Shirlow, said: "This significant commitment from Musgrave represents a huge vote of confidence in Northern Ireland's innovative food and drink industry."

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