There was celebrations all around for five Laois stores as they came out on top at the recent 2019 Centra Food Quality Awards.
Each store was recognised for excellence in the fields of hygiene and food safety within their businesses, and graciously accepted distinguished awards at the annual event.
The setting for this prestigious awards ceremony was the gorgeous Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.
During the course of the event the Excellence Ireland Quality Association presented two Laois Centra stores, with the coveted Q Mark Level 3 Emerald Award.
The two Laois winners of the Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety Level 3 Emerald Award, which signifies supreme performance were Daniels’ Centra, Portarlington and Dunne’s Centra, Ballylinan.
The purpose of this award is to congratulate and acknowledge the on-going dedication from stores to demonstrate exemplary standards of store cleanliness and hygiene.
Also celebrating on the night were a further three Laois Centra stores, as they too were awarded for their commitment to health and safety within the Irish food sector.
These businesses were presented with the Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety Level 2 Sapphire Award.
The three stores that proudly accepted this Q Mark Level 2 Sapphire Award were:
Martyn’s Centra, Mountrath
Downey’s Centra, Portlaoise
McSorley’s Centra, Mountmellick Road
A total of 444 Irish Centra stores received awards during the ceremony, with 301 receiving the Q Mark Level 2 Sapphire Award and 143 receiving the enviable Q Mark Level 3 Emerald Award.
These well-deserved awards have been presented as a direct result of their constant commitment to ensuring their food service meets – and exceeds – the incredibly high standards laid out by Excellence Ireland,” said Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of Centra Ireland.
Echoing Mr Kelleher’s sentiments, Soraid McEntee of the Excellence Ireland Quality Association also applauded the deserving winners, saying, “We must sincerely commend the hard work and diligence of management and staff that have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We also would like to congratulate and applaud each of them on this fantastic achievement.”