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In a fiercely competitive food retail environment, the supermarket chain Morrisons sets itself high standards, not least in the area of food quality and safety. To ensure continuing high levels of cleanliness in key areas in its stores, the company retains the services of environmental cleaning specialists the Hygiene Group.

One of the 400 Morrisons stores


Now the UK’s fourth largest and fastest growing supermarket chain, Morrisons has grown from a single egg and butter stall established in Bradford market by William Morrison in 1899. The company originally expanded in the traditional grocery store model until it opened its first self-service supermarket in 1961. In its centenary year, it celebrated its 100th store opening and since then its growth has accelerated to around 400 stores serving some nine million customers per week.

Hygiene has handled Morrisons’ contract since 2005, having previously been contracted to Safeway to carry out oven cleaning in its in-store bakeries. Safeway became part of Morrisons in

2004 and Hygiene’s involvement with Safeway led directly to Morrisons’ contract, which now covers 64 of its stores in the South East and South West of England.

Hygiene goes into its allocated Morrisons’ stores three times a year. The cleaning programme involves two interim cleans on all of the hot areas, including bakeries, rotisseries, coffee shops and staff canteen, with all walls, ceilings and canopies being cleaned. There is a further annual full-scale clean which also covers walls and ceilings in the fish and meat departments and the delicatessen and salad bar areas. This programme is designed to prevent excessive grease

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