There were celebrations all round for 59 Centra stores in Cork, as they were recently recognised for excellence in the fields of hygiene and food safety within their businesses, and graciously accepted distinguished awards at the 2019 Centra Food Quality Awards at the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.

The coveted Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety Level 3 Emerald Award, acknowledged the on-going dedication from stores to demonstrate exemplary standards of store cleanliness and hygiene.

The awards were presented by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association to 28 Cork stores in total, including Avondhu area outlets: O'Sullivan’s Centra, Kildorrery; Farrell’s Centra, Mitchelstown; Herlihy’s Centra, Fermoy; Herlihy’s Centra, Grand Parade, Cork; O'Sullivan’s Centra, Kilworth and Castlelyons.

These winning stores were chosen in recognition of their ongoing hard work and commitment in these areas and achieved a score of between 75 and 100% in this independent assessment.

Also celebrating on the night were a further 31 Cork Centra stores, as they too were awarded for their commitment to health and safety within the Irish food sector, scoring between 60 and 74%.

These businesses were presented with the Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety Level 2 Sapphire Award.

Local stores for the Sapphire Awards included: Herlihy’s Centra, Mallow; O'Mahony’s Centra, Doneraile; Herlihy’s Centra, Oliver Plunkett St; Ross’ Centra, Watergrasshill and Grandon’s Centra, Sallybrook, Glanmire.

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, much to their owners and managers delight.