Sir Anwar Pervez, chairman of Bestway, is this year’s winner of The Grocer Cup for Outstanding Business Achievement.
The winner is decided by readers of this magazine, who judged that Sir Anwar had made the biggest impact on this industry in the past 12 months.
Bestway made headlines with a deal to acquire rival Batleys earlier this year for a reported £100m.
The deal made Bestway a clear number two in the cash and carry sector, with sales of £1.6bn and almost 50 depots.
Sir Anwar has enjoyed a career in the UK grocery market lasting almost 40 years. He started as an independent retailer, before entering the C&C sector in 1976. He has also built Bestway into one of the country’s biggest private companies, with interests in banking, cement, rice milling and property.
The Grocer Cup was presented at the IGD Food Industry Awards. Other winners included Asda, Grampian, Dalepak, Farmhouse Fare, Smurfit and Cadbury Trebor Bassett. Marks and Spencer won two awards: for its RFID rollout and for its use of recycled PET in its food to go range. >>p32 The Big Interview