BWG Foods is one of Ireland’s leading retail and wholesale business. It owns and operates the SPAR, EUROSPAR, MACE, Londis and XL brands in the Republic of Ireland, working in partnership with independent retailers with more than 1,000 stores serving in excess of one million customers daily in local communities’ right across the country.
The Wholesale Division of BWG Foods also includes BWG Foodservice, Corrib Food Products and Heaney Meats and a nationwide network of 22 Value Centre and Cash and Carry branches, including 4 Aces and Better Deal Wholesale.
BWG Foods is very much recognised for innovation in food retailing, has relationships with more than 650 suppliers and deals directly with approximately 14,000 business-to-business customers in the retail, foodservice and licensed sectors.
BWG Foods has worked very closely with Origin Green to develop a comprehensive sustainability strategy inclusive of measurable targets that will contribute positively to the environment and also to the local communities in which BWG Foods and its retailers operate. They are dedicated to a range of initiatives to reduce their environmental impact including transitioning to renewable energy sources, lowering carbon emissions, reducing waste output and adopting more sustainable sourcing methods within their supply chain.
Key Sustainability Commitments
BWG Foods has set a number of ambitious targets to achieve by 2024, with dedicated teams in place already working towards their sustainability goals. Some of their key targets include:
Committed to Sustainable Sourcing
Through their National Distribution Centre (NDC), 100% of BWG Foods' Private Label Fresh Meat Ranges will be sourced from Bord Bia approved suppliers only, who have signed up to Origin Green and/or hold MPQAS.
BWG Foods will be 100% Sustainable with regard to the sourcing of Irish Grown produce in their Fruit and Veg range though their Central Supply Chain within their National Distribution Centre with required certification including Origin Green and other internationally recognised appropriate sustainable accreditations by 2024.
Committed to Waste Reduction
A 10% reduction in energy usage across BWG Foods' entire operations, including their Head Office and 240,000 sq ft National Distribution Centre, from baseline 2019.
Committed to Removal of Single-Use Plastics
Eradicating single use plastics within their Foodservice and Value Centre networks by the end of 2022.
Committed to Carbon Reduction
Continue to evolve their fleet and increase the number of CNG-fuelled vehicles in operation.
Committed to Waste Reduction
A reduction in the overall waste output, with targets of a 15% reduction at their Distribution Centres including their NDC from baseline 2019 to 2024.
Committed to Supporting The Community
Continue their Sustainability Programme in engaging on employee wellbeing and working with and supporting charity groups across Ireland, including FoodCloud.