Star buyer: Clare Bartlett Waitrose

Bartlett started her career a decade ago on Asda's graduate training scheme. She managed home and leisure sections in branches before moving to HQ as a buying assistant for babycare. She was then a buyer within health and beauty across seasonal gifts, fragrances, bath, shower and dental sectors. Her last role at Asda was buyer for crisps and snacks. She joined Superdrug three years ago as babycare buyer before moving to Waitrose last year to become confectionery buyer.

Ryan Turnbull Morrisons

Before joining Morrisons, Turnbull spent three years in field sales at Coca-Cola. He joined Morrisons five years ago as part of the sales management team, working on fresh food. A year later, he became a trainee buyer looking after sugar confectionery. After completing his training, he became buyer before moving up to buyer for sugar products, chocolate and seasonal confectionery in 2005.

Mike Luck Sainsbury's

Luck started out as an instore commercial manager working for Marks & Spencer before joining Sainsbury's in 2002 as buyer for babyfood and accessories. He became managing buying for own label and branded chilled drinks three years later and moved to confectionery last year.

Richard Brittle Hancocks Cash and Carry

Brittle has been working within the confectionery market for nearly 40 years, all of them with cash and carry confectionery specialist Hancocks, after being encouraged as a teenager to "get off his backside and get a job" by founder Ray Hancock. He became purchasing director in 1988.

Des Dunbar Tesco

Dunbar joined Tesco in June 2006 as senior buying manager for confectionery. Prior to that he was at Iceland for eight years as category manager for fresh, frozen and meat, fish and poultry.

Paul Grigg Tesco

Grigg has worked at Tesco for 10 years, joining as a warehouse operative at its Milton Keynes depot. He moved into buying last year.