11 Offaly Centra Stores launch new own brand range

Magda Mulawa and Ernest Kleinas, Leavy's Centra, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
11 Centra stores throughout Offaly are celebrating Centra’s biggest product launch in its 34 year history this week.

11 Centra stores throughout Offaly are celebrating Centra’s biggest product launch in its 34 year history this week.

Ireland’s leading convenience retailer officially launched its bright new own brand range of over 900 products with two suppliers coming from the Offaly region. The range will be available through Centra’s 460 store network, representing an €8 million investment for the brand.

Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, Centra said, “We are delighted to be introducing this bright new range to Centra stores throughout Offaly and nationwide. A launch of this size and depth is unprecedented in this market, but it is really needed. People are shopping more frequently and more local than ever before, in order to manage waste and travel expenses. Centra’s success, even in these difficult times, is proof of this. Consumers are turning to own label products to maintain, or in some cases reduce their weekly grocery spend, and as ever we want to deliver even more for our shoppers, so we are launching 900 new Own Brand products that are up to a 1/3 less than the brand equivalent. It is really set to shake up the convenience shopping sector.”

The Centra Own Brand range has been independently quality tested versus well-known brands, to ensure the range is the same as or better than the equivalent brand. Centra has a great track record for delivering quality Own Brand produce, in fact 13 lines from the existing range have already won gold stars at the Great Taste Awards, including Centra’s Darfresh Striploin Steak, Goats Cheese and Organic Smoked Salmon. And the good news keeps on coming – the range is predominately Irish, with 110 of the 150 suppliers being Irish.

The extensive product range is innovative too, with convenient options including fruit pots, granola yogurt pots, steamed veg packs and a new pizza range. Other lines help consumers grab the very things they need, at a great price and guaranteed quality such as fruity bites for children’s lunch boxes, organic fruit pouches as part of the brand new baby range, dishwasher tablets and pet food in hassle free pouches.

The new packaging has a distinctive design developed to reflect Centra’s personality and bright brand essence.

Innovations include a knitting design on the inner carton of the tea bag packaging and QR codes on certain packs for recipe ideas. Where possible, GDA is clearly displayed to help consumers understand nutritional value of produce, as well as cooking times on packaging, along with calorie and 1 of your 5 a day detail.

Centra’s new Own Brand range is available now in over 460 participating Centra stores nationwide. Every week Centra serves over three million customers and employs almost 10,000 people. Centra continues to support Ireland by using Irish suppliers and local communities. In 2012, Centra purchased over €1bn in Irish goods. Centra retailers contributed €2.1m to local community organisations in 2012. For more information see www.facebook.com/centraireland or visit www.Centra.ie.