IGA Supports the Adopt a Farmer Initiative
Adopt a Farmer is being driven by The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun and The Courier Mail and was developed to support farmers, shops and businesses across the country who are doing it tough because of the ongoing drought.
The newspapers, with the support of Public, Independent and Catholic schools in Victoria, NSW and Queensland have set an ambitious goal – to use a gold coin ‘mufti’ day on May 8 to raise $800,000 to distribute via Rural Aid for recipients to spend in their local communities.
All proceeds go to farmers in the form of gift cards. The recipients can spend the cash in their local communities. It isn’t just farmers struggling, but town cafes, barbers and other shops in need of a cash injection to help support jobs and services.
Kids are also doing it tough, with many kids staying home from school to work on family properties. IGA is encouraging rural students to share their stories about how the drought has affected them, with the 20 winners each being awarded $1,000 IGA Gift Cards. You can send your stories to [email protected]
IGA Scores Landmark Partnership with Western Force
Independent Grocers of Australia (IGA) has scored a major win announcing it has signed an exclusive one-year deal as a major partner of Western Force.
The landmark partnership connects two strongly community focused organisations and sees IGA become the Forces’ sleeve sponsor for the 2019 season, with players and fans alike sporting the IGA logo.
The announcement took place at Supa IGA Wembley, with Western Force players Brynard Stander and Clay Uyen in their new IGA kit, ready for their next upcoming game at HBF Stadium on the 12th April, along with coaching staff and IGA retailers.
Grant Ramage, General Manager Supermarkets WA said IGA is delighted to become part of the Western Force family supporting the West Australian community and encouraging kids to get active.
“Both the Western Force and IGA sit at the heart of WA communities. As family owned businesses local communities shape who we are and what we put on our shelves. IGA retailers across the state are passionate about supporting their communities in lots of different ways – from flipping snags at the footy club, to supporting our local schools and local charities.
“We strongly believe in locals supporting locals so it made sense for IGA to partner with another strong West Australian brand to help foster and support home grown talent. By supporting the Western Force, IGA retailers will play a major role in getting behind the local community and growing this sport across the entire State. Western Force is an institution in this state and it is exciting to be part of that.”
Western Force’s General manager, Kim Welch, welcomed IGA to the Western Force family as a major partner of the club saying that he is looking forward to working with another brand that supports their local communities.
“Our partnership with IGA demonstrates their genuine ongoing commitment to support West Australians. This is an exciting relationship and one that will provide broad reaching benefit for all involved in our great club. We look forward to the opportunity for Western Force players to meet their fans at IGA stores across the state and working alongside other proud West Australian business owners.”
IGA Donates $100,000 to Flood Affected Queenslanders
IGA is proud to partner with GIVIT to help support those affected by the recent floods in Townsville. IGA will be supplying$100,000 in IGA shopping vouchers to families in affected areas, including rural and remote areas whose plight has not been publicised, to help them through this difficult period.
GIVIT is a national not-for-profit connecting those who have with those who need, in a private and safe way. GIVIT supports all agencies, services and charities in Australia who work directly with impoverished, marginalised and vulnerable people. GIVIT makes it easier for organisations to empower their clients and improve quality of life by obtaining the items they require through the website, at no cost. The unique virtual warehouse eliminates the need for organisations to store, sort and dispose of unwanted items, saving valuable time and resources.
Frank Spanos, Queensland and Northern NSW Retail Chair for IGA Supermarkets said, “North Queensland is the food hub of our state and a vital part of our economy. Any issues there impact the rest of the state so it is important, particularly during such difficult times that we that we support the people who provide so much for us. We hope that these IGA Gift Cards help take a little bit of stress around putting food on the table, so that people can concentrate on cleaning up their homes and getting back on their feet.”
Speaking on the announcement of the donation, GIVIT Founder and CEO Juliette Wright added, “Flooding caused by this unprecedented weather event has caused devastation and heartache across large areas of Queensland so we are incredibly thankful to IGA for this generous donation of $100,000 in gift vouchers.”
“This will allow flood-affected residents to buy what they urgently need to support their recovery. Residents will be able to buy cleaning products, replace items in their pantry, and help kids get back to school. This donation will have a massive impact for individuals and families who have lost everything. One hundred per cent of donations to GIVIT are used to purchase items that have been requested by our charity partners and recovery services supporting affected residents. Items are flowing from GIVIT with 8391 items already distributed to those in need.”
“Giving back to our local communities is something that IGA retailers across the country do on a daily basis, but it is even more important in times of crisis like we are experiencing now. Having experienced first-hand the devastating impact of these floods in my own home and witnessing how many locals are doing it tough, we just knew we had to do something,” said Armi Bhela, Domain Central IGA Townsville owner.
To donate or view the items needed in flood-affected areas go to givit.org.au/qldfloods If you are a local charity or frontline service wanting to access donated goods and services, please register at givit.org.au/charity-registration
Canstar Blue Supermarket Satisfaction Ratings 2018
Big thanks to all of our customers who voted IGA into the number three position for overall customer satisfaction ahead of Coles and Woolworths.
The 2018 Canstar Blue Supermarket Satisfaction Ratings compare supermarket chains Coles, Woolworths, IGA, ALDI and Foodland on customer service and staff accessibility, store layout & presentation, freshness of foods, product variety, quality of private labels, special deals, value for money and overall customer satisfaction, based on shopper survey results.
IGA finished ahead of the big two for overall customer satisfaction* and scored five out of five stars for Customer Service and Accessibility of Staff, and we are pretty chuffed with these results.
At IGA we pride ourselves on knowing and listening to our customers and we get that it’s the little things that matter – from lending a hand to the car, doing our best to stock our shelves with the products you want, helping to make your shop quick and easy or taking the time to have a chat and answer questions.
We’re a network of proud independent grocers who put people first. The people who live in our communities and those who are involved with our communities – local suppliers, producers and charities. The people who walk into our stores and those who work in our stores. At the core of who we are and what we do….. is our customers. Because IGA is where the locals matter.
Thanks again to all our shoppers. Looking forward to seeing you in store soon!
For more information check out all the results on the Canstar Blue Website.
* While Woolworths, Coles and IGA all scored a 3 star rating for overall customer satisfaction, Canstar Blue ranked IGA above the big two based on the mean overall satisfaction score.
Three brands of strawberries have currently been withdrawn from sale. To support the produce industry throughout this difficult period, our independent IGA stores are encouraged to continue to sell all other strawberry varieties. Please continue to support our hardworking Aussie strawberry farmers.
Remember – cut em up, don’t cut em out!
Single Use Plastic Bag Phase Out
At IGA we are committed to protecting the environment. That’s why we are aiming to eliminate single-use plastic bags at checkouts in our 1400 independently owned stores Australia-wide by 30th June 2018.
In Australia, we use 5 billion plastic bags every year, 50 million of these blow away into our environment. That’s about 5700 bags every hour!
We recognise our ability as a network of retailers to significantly decrease the amount of plastic being used in Australia. We are committed to working with our suppliers to reduce our plastic usage and increase the recyclability of our private label packaging.
To assist our customers in the transition from single use to environmentally friendly alternatives we have developed a fantastic range of reusable bags available in store.
We have also partnered with Boomerang Bags to provide our customers with free, locally made bags as we all forget sometimes! Boomerang Bags is a not for profit organisation working to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in making bags – community made, using recycled materials. They provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
Keep your eye out for Boomerang Bags in your local IGA store.
Craig from Dungog IGA has been working with Boomerang Bags since 2017.
John from IGA Bingara was one of the first supermarkets in the world to go plastic bag free in 2007.
Information regarding email & text message scams
We have been recently advised that there are a number of Facebook, SMS and email scam promotions, allegedly giving away IGA Gift Vouchers if users perform a particular action and/or provide their personal information. Please note these promotions appear to be national scams impacting IGA and a number of Australian retailers. IGA is not involved in these promotions and the messages are not made by IGA, our marketing agency or any of our affiliated retailers. We have reported these scams to the ACCC and Departments of Fair Trading and Consumer Affairs. If you have any other enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact us.