The Grocer Cup

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The Grocer Cup is awarded to an individual who has inspired their team to achieve exceptional results in the preceding year. Readers of The Grocer magazine vote from a shortlist of senior industry players.

Read the shortlist below and click here to vote for your choice.

The winner of The Grocer Cup will be announced at the IGD Industry Awards on 8 October 2013 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. For more information, visit the IGD website.

The Grocer Cup 2013 Shortlist


Richard cousins

Richard Cousins

CEO, Compass

The going is tough in Europe and Japan but, in contrast with Tesco, the catering juggernaut is achieving strong growth in the US and emerging markets, evident in an 8.1% rise in half-year pre-tax profits to £611m while shares have leapt 30%.

Patrick Coveney

Patrick Coveney

CEO, Greencore

Coveney was foiled in his bid for Northern Foods but he’s impressed with the speedy integration of Uniq, while Greencore’s buyout of US-based Market Fare Foods, and its new US sandwich supply deal with Starbucks, are already delivering.

Fiona Dawson

Fiona Dawson

President, Mars UK

Mars Chocolate brands continue to outperform the market - even the Mars bar is back in growth - thanks to an impressive NPD programme, including the Maltesers countline bar. Dawson’s new role as IGD president adds further gloss to her CV.

Peter Kendall NFU

Peter Kendall

President, NFU

The horsemeat scandal, and the NFU’s SOS dairy campaign, have propelled Kendall into the media spotlight and in both cases he was quick to take advantage of the opportunity, securing pledges from some of the biggest names in retail.

Justin King

Justin King

CEO, Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s has defied the recession - and analysts - by outperforming its big four rivals under King’s assured and canny leadership and, with sales, marketing, range, service and availability all strong, the share price is its highest since 2008.

Roman Heini and Matthew Barnes of Aldi

Matthew Barnes (l) & Roman Heini

Joint MDs, Aldi

Stellar sales based on clever marketing, range development, a focus on quality and an endless shop floor evolution to win over UK shoppers have seen joint Aldi MDs Roman Heini and Matthew Barnes win plenty of plaudits since taking over in 2010.

Hussein Lalani, 99p Stores

Hussein Lalani

Co-founder, 99p Stores

The discounter world has never been more competitive, but 99p Stores co-founder Hussein Lalani loves the pressure. 99p Stores continues to expand, heading towards 250 stores, while the last set of accounts showed pre-tax profits up 14%.

James Lambert

James Lambert

Chairman, R&R Ice Cream

Over 25 years, Lambert has built up R&R from scratch into Europe’s second-largest ice cream supplier, and while its core strength has been own label, this year’s acquisition of Fredericks Dairies has given R&R scope to challenge Unilever.

Mark Price

Mark Price

MD, Waitrose

The new deputy chairman of John Lewis has plenty to cheer about, with Waitrose the fastest growing supermarket for the fourth consecutive year, thanks to impressive online sales growth and successful npd, including its new gardening range.

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson

CEO, Booker

Wilson’s swoop for Makro, now waved through by the Competition Commission, was secured for a rock bottom price. Such is his reputation - and with the rest of the business firing on all cylinders - Booker’s share price has soared to new heights.


Adam Leyland (l) and Jim McCarthy (r) present The Grocer Cup to Ranjit Singh Boparan

2012 WINNER: Ranjit Singh Boparan
2 Sisters Food Group owner Ranjit Boparan (centre) is pictured with 2011 winner Jim McCarthy and Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer. Boparan was recognised for his successful integration of Northern Foods, which he snapped up from under Greencore’s nose in spring 2011, while also growing sales with some chunky new contracts.

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