Waitrose was crowned The Grocer of the Year for the second year in a row at this year's The Grocer Gold Awards. The retailer received the coveted gong from impressionist Jon Culshaw at Wednesday night's prestigious event at The Guildhall in London.

"It's been a big year for Waitrose. Through investment in value, innovative top-tier ranges, new space and new formats, we've attracted hundreds of thousands of new weekly customers to our shops," said MD Mark Price. "The award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our 45,000 partners who give their all, day in and day out, to bring our customers great food backed up by unbeatable service."

Asda and Tesco each walked off with three awards, while Aldi was crowned Discounter of the Year a title it last won in 2009. Booker retained the Wholesaler of the Year title and Proudfoot Group was named Independent Retailer of the Year. The Happy Egg Company won Food Brand of the Year and AB InBev's Budweiser was Drink Brand of the Year.