the grocer golds
On Wednesday evening the great and the good of the grocery industry gathered for The Grocer Gold Awards ceremony 2012, at London’s Guildhall.
The fortunes of Britain’s artisanal bakers are rising. And fast.
Rapid growth of the boots.com operation was placing its fulfilment operation under pressure - until KNAPP was called in to design and a tailor-made solution.
Last year was a big one for the Leeds-based manufacturer.
GlaxoSmithKline claimed a scientific breakthrough with Sensodyne Repair & Protect last year.
This award has been dominated in the past by Tesco and Ocado, but Sainsbury’s has made major strides on a number of fronts.
No-one could accuse Sainsbury’s of thinking small.
They are the next generation of retailers who are shaking up the convenience sector with their trailblazing ideas.
Morrisons completes a hat-trick of wins as the industry’s best employer.
Morrisons hit its first bump in the road when its sales growth was slightly lower than the City expected over the Christmas period.
It may have been a year of missed financial targets for Tesco, but it’s had no such problems on the environmental front.
Booker became the highest-ranking wholesaler in the government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment rankings last year.
Morrisons or Asda usually win this award, but last year Tesco upset the apple-cart when it clinched the trophy.
Every year the result is the same. And the winning retailer makes it look incredibly easy.
“Belvita has effectively created a new product category,” commented one of our judges, and it’s hard to argue.
Aldi has had its ups and its downs since its arrival in 1990, but in its 21st year, it’s clear the German discounter has come of age.
It’s SMART by name and smart by nature for The Co-operative Group’s Store Merchandising And Replenishment Transformation initiative.
Male skincare brand Bulldog scored a real coup this year when it entered that last bastion of masculinity, Australia.
Despite being Britain’s biggest crisps brand, Walkers hasn’t forgotten that it’s the little things in life that count when it comes to trade relationships.
Brand Match was not the first price-matching scheme to market. But it’s surely had the biggest impact since its launch in October 2011.
Can anyone steal Booker’s crown? It’s won this award an incredible three years on the bounce, and for the fourth time in five years.
Talk about hard cheese! Brands have had precious little luck over the past year as they have been battered by own label in the increasingly price-sensitive cheese aisle.
Desperate Dan, famed connoisseur of the cartoon cow pie, would be incredulous. Britain’s love of the simple pleasures of meat, veg and gravy wrapped in pastry seems to be waning.
It’s enough to send a shiver down the spine of anyone who makes a living from frozen fish. A 4.1% value decline in fish finger sales, on volumes down 4.6%.
As it attempts to recover sales, where should Tesco focus its efforts?
Commuter shoppers are forcing retailers to think beyond the ‘build it and they will come’ mentality.
Asda’s plans to launch grocery click & collect services at six London Underground car parks demonstrate another level of innovation.
Tudor Monastery Farm is the sort of programming we need more of.