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Northern Ireland is top of the Q for Hygiene and Food Safety

March 13, 2019, 09:55

Press Release

Northern Ireland is top of the Q for Hygiene and Food Safety
 Musgrave Northern Ireland ‘Store of the Year’ awards | March 22nd 2019


Northern Ireland has received 14 nominations for the prestigious Q Mark Award for Hygiene and Food Safety to be presented by Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) at the Musgrave Northern Ireland ‘Store of the Year’ awards.   The coveted Q Mark is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence. 2019 is the first time that the Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety Awards are being presented at the Musgrave Store of the Year Awards.


The stores shortlisted for the much-coveted Q Mark for Hygiene and Food Safety are:

  • Centra Deansbridge
  • Rooney's Centra Belleek
  • Gormley's Centra Claudy
  • Centra Coleraine
  • SuperValu Cookstown
  • White's Centra Creggan Road
  • Centra, Strand Rd
  • Centra Holywood
  • Centra White Mountain Service Station
  • SuperValu Newbuildings
  • Centra Portaferry
  • SuperValu Portstewart
  • SuperValu Woodburn
  • Centra Maghera


Known as The Oscars of Business Excellence, The Q Mark Award is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve, given both the intense competition and the exacting standards required. Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “Congratulations to all of the finalists. They have shown great persistence & passion in improving the customer experience through enhanced operational hygiene standards. They have demonstrated a real appetite for continuous improvement and being shortlisted for this prestigious award acknowledges that.”


The Musgrave Northern Ireland ‘Store of the Year’ awards will be presented on Friday 22nd March at the Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast.  Musgrave Northern Ireland organises the awards ceremony each year to showcase and recognise its 240 independent retailers in Northern Ireland across the SuperValu, Centra and MACE brands. Finalists are selected using a rigorous selection process involving several rounds of performance and standards audits.  Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) is proud to present the coveted Q Mark Awards in Northern Ireland as part of this prestigious event.


EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1968. They currently audit the standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally.  EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark which identifies its various certifications, namely: The Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety, The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems, The Q Mark for Nursing Homes, The Q Mark for Leisure Centres, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE). See


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