‘Best in Fresh’ win for Mace

THE Mace at Greenacres, Dundalk has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to fresh food at Checkout Magazine’s “Best in Fresh” awards.

THE Mace at Greenacres, Dundalk has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to fresh food at Checkout Magazine’s “Best in Fresh” awards.

The shop was awarded for Most Improved Retailer (Fresh Food). The event, which sees hundreds of stores across Ireland audited by independent judges, is sponsored by Glanbia Consumer Foods.

The Best in Fresh awards were established six years ago to recognise stores and outlets with the freshest food offering in Ireland.

Ireland’s most innovative multiples, independent supermarkets, convenience stores, and forecourts, competed across 20 categories for the prestigious accolades.

The judging process began with a comprehensive nationwide preliminary audit, conducted by leading customer-based market research and mystery shopping services company, Customer Perceptions.

This was followed by visits from a judging panel including food industry consultant,Valerie Rice; Jeanne Quigley, Secretary of the Irish Food Writers Guild; and John Ruddy, Editor of Checkout Magazine.

Each entry was assessed across a number of key criteria, including overall freshness, range of offer, management and display of food in-store, traceability, and service and advice in-store.