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Congratulations to Community Life Champion Maxine Green from our Morley store who has received a Point of Light award for her amazing volunteering efforts.

Prime Minister David Cameron with Maxine Green

Prime Minister David Cameron presented her with the award on Friday in a special ceremony in Wetherby. The new awards recognise outstanding achievement by individuals and are awarded daily to someone somewhere in the UK.

“I was really shocked when I got the call!” says Maxine. “I’m truly overwhelmed and honoured to receive this award from the Prime Minister. It’s really humbling when I see the impact my volunteering and fundraising work has in my local community, even if it’s small it makes such a difference.”

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Posted in News & Blogs on 07 July 2014
Sustainability

We’re the first supermarket to publish comprehensive data on the fisheries that supply us so you can see exactly how and where our wild fish is caught – and how sustainable they are.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

We’ve teamed up with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to publish the first of our Wild Fisheries Annual Reviews.

The new report has been welcomed by Greenpeace and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, both of whom have campaigned for more transparency from supermarkets on seafood sourcing. It covers all the source fisheries we used between January 1st 2013 and December 31st 2013. Not all of the 64 fisheries that supply us have data available – we are working with the eight that don’t to improve the way they report. We’ve also pledged to ensure that all fisheries that need improvement take appropriate action.

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Posted in Sustainability on 04 July 2014
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Tour Makers

Thousands of volunteers recruited, trained and equipped by Asda are taking to the streets as Tour Makers for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

After an extensive training programme, our army of Tour Makers will be stationed all along the 540km of race route over three exciting days of racing to welcome visitors and look after spectators.

It’s the first time a mass volunteer programme has been laid on for the Tour de France and we’re proud to have played a part in making it happen.

Tour Makers will be carrying out a range of duties during Stages 1, 2 and 3 of this year’s tour, which starts in Leeds on Saturday (July 5), serving as Wayfinders, Crossing Marshals and even Flag Marshals – who will be right in the thick of the action to warn riders about hazards in the road.

Tour Maker and keen cyclist Oli Shaw, from Otley near Leeds, said: "I’ve been watching the Tour for about the last twenty years. I used to go on holiday with my family to France every summer and watching the Tour was an enjoyable aperitif.

“When I found out it was coming to Yorkshire it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss to get as close as possible to the race and try to ensure that the Grand Départ is a huge success.”

Tour Makers have already been heavily involved in the build up to the Grand Départ. A choir of Tour Maker volunteers has even recorded a version of the official theme song ‘The Road’.

Thanks to everyone who’s volunteered to be a Tour Maker – we hope you have a wonderful weekend and create some memories that last a lifetime!

Posted in News & Blogs on 04 July 2014
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The next time you’re popping into Asda why not try something different – like one of these exotic fruits? We asked Damon Johnson, our Head of Quality for Fresh Foods, to tell us a bit about them…

Exotic fruits at Asda

A: Mangosteen Only the flesh is edible – each segment surrounds a seed. Sweet and juicy, it is one of my favourite “exotics” available at Asda.

B: Rambutan Grows in tropical climates and is ready when the outer case turns red. The fruit is similar to a lychee.

C: Physalis Also known as the cape gooseberry this fruit is bright yellow when ripe and very sweet making it perfect for making jam, or as an addition to a salad or dessert.

D: Sharon Fruit Also known as a Persimmon, the flesh of this native Chinese fruit is deep orange in colour. The skin is not normally eaten but is easily peeled away. Eat it as you would eat a melon. It is also popular as an addition to salads or eaten with yogurt.

Posted in News & Blogs on 01 July 2014
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If you’re a regular at our Coryton or Caerphilly stores you might have spotted young artist Josh Pascoe painting and sketching in the Asda cafe.

Josh Pascoe's painting of a customer at Asda Coryton

Painting by Josh Pascoe

The 23-year-old from Caerphilly near Cardiff painted this fantastic watercolour at Asda Coryton while his partner and young son were having tea and cake in the Asda Cafe.

Josh told us: “She had an expression of deep thought and pondering which led me to draw her. Behind us a young girl kept looking over and smiling trying to sneak a look at the sketch. I enjoy sketching in Asda Coryton for the variety of people and stories unfolding all around.”

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Posted in News & Blogs on 30 June 2014