In 2018 we delivered our fourth consecutive year of improved profits, putting us on track to deliver on our ambitious strategy for future growth.
Although Brexit is on the horizon, creating short term uncertainty for our markets, we remain committed to growing our business by leveraging our strengths in food and brand innovation – delivering unique and exciting eating experiences for our consumers in and out of the home.
In Musgrave, we have set our purpose as Growing Good Business – developing the company sustainably for the benefit of partners, colleagues and the company – and this underpins a vision for transforming the food business in Ireland. It is a vision that creates opportunities for Musgrave at every eating occasion.
Today I am inspired to see just how engaged our people and our partners are in delivering on our 2025 vision and how they are energised by the opportunities that the transformation of retail and wholesale promises for our business.
I am pleased to report that 2018 has been a successful year for Musgrave. Despite extremely competitive markets, for the fourth year in a row the Group has reported increased profit, with all of our brands performing well throughout the year.
The last year has been defined by innovation and the delivery of our future vision for retail and wholesale, the acquisition of new businesses, and the creation of new food brands to meet the needs of modern consumers.
Sustainability has always been important to the business and it is reflected in the clear, measurable commitments outlined in our Taking Care of our World strategy. This strategy has become embedded in the business, and in 2018 we added further commitments to tackle plastic packaging right across our supply chain.