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NDC launches new Dairy Training Programme for SuperValu and Centra

THE National Dairy Council is delighted to announce a new specialist online training programme focusing on nutrition and cheese production for the staff of SuperValu and Centra stores nationwide.

The training programme is funded by an EU programme designed to support the Foodservice industries impacted by Covid in Ireland, France, Denmark, Belgium and Northern Ireland.

Bord Bia estimated that the food industry in Ireland contracted by half during the pandemic crisis where restaurants, pubs, hotels, coffee shops, workplace, hospitals and educational canteens all closed.

Musgrave is Ireland’s leading food retail, wholesale and foodservice company employing over 30,000 people across its SuperValu and Centra stores. ]

NDC worked closely with the Musgrave Learning & Development Team to create bespoke tailored training modules that will train and upskill retail staff in the benefits of Dairy Nutrition and the Cheese production process.

Laura Murphy, Talent, Learning & Development Business Partner Musgrave, said: “We were delighted to partner with the National Dairy Council to develop these two Dairy eLearning modules where participants learn about the unique aspects of Irish dairy and discover the various techniques used in both artisan cheesemaking and large-scale cheddar production.

“In Musgrave we are passionate about our brands, our food and our people. Developing the skills and product knowledge of our people ensures we deliver the highest quality service to every customer each time they shop in our SuperValu and Centra Stores.”

Recent research undertaken by NDC showed a 48 per cent increase in dairy consumption during the pandemic.

The European dairy sector showed incredible resilience through the 18 months of the pandemic with an uninterrupted supply of milk and dairy products to supermarkets, shops and the foodservice sector (Western Europe retail dairy sold extra 1,900,000 tonnes in 2020).

Cathy Curran, Communications Manager with the National Dairy Council said “We are delighted to be launching this new EU campaign to support Musgraves by providing specialist training and education on Irish dairy nutrition and cheese production. This training will really add value to staff working at dairy counters across Musgrave retail outlets in being able to offer advice and support to consumers when choosing cheese and dairy products.”

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