The Grocer Gold Awards 2018: who's on the shortlist?

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With hundreds of entries across 22 categories, taking in all the best that food and drink businesses, initiatives and individuals have to offer from the past 12 months, our expert judges certainly had their work cut creating the Grocer Gold shortlist for 2018.

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But after days spent poring through entries and hours more in heated debate, here it is. Now all these finalists have to do is wait to find out if they’ll be crowned winners at a glittering ceremony at London’s Guildhall, to be held on 12 June. Book your tickets here.






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Fever-Tree scooped the Brand of the Year award in 2017

Brand of the Year

Anchor - Arla Foods

Birds Eye - Birds Eye

Cadbury Confectionery - Mondelez International

Charlie Bigham’s - Charlie Bigham’s

Corsodyl - GlaxoSmithKline

Häagen-Dazs - General Mills

Harringtons - Inspired Pet Nutrition

Pukka Herbs - Unilever

Squashies - Swizzels Matlow

Yorkshire Provender - Hain Daniels

 

 


Iceland took home 2017 Business Initiative of the Year

Iceland took home 2017 Business Initiative of the Year

Business Initiative of the Year

Project Fresh - Aldi

English Tea Shop - English Tea Shop

We Are Lidl - Lidl

Shop-Based Ordering System - Morrisons

Women in Wholesale - New Era PR

 

 

 

 


Purdey’s topped 2017 Consumer Initiative category

Purdey’s topped 2017 Consumer Initiative category

Consumer Initiative of the Year

Christmas discount for NHS and emergency services - Iceland Foods

#WhiskySanta - Master of Malt

Best of our Counties range - Midcounties Co-operative

#Tescotampontaxoff - Tesco

19 Crimes - Treasury Wine Estates

 

 


Six top brands will fight it out for this award in 2018

Six top brands will fight it out for this award in 2018

Drink Brand of the Year

Budweiser - AB InBev

Robinsons - Britvic

Coca-Cola - Coca-Cola European Partners

Fanta - Coca-Cola European Partners

Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin - Diageo

Thatchers Cider - Thatchers Cider Company

 

 


Aldi was named Employer of the Year 2017

Aldi was named Employer of the Year 2017

Employer of the Year

Aldi

Belazu Ingredient Company

Blue Skies

Henderson Foodservice

Lily’s Kitchen

Weetabix Food Company

 

 


PepsiCo ‘50 in 5’ project scooped Green  Initiative for 2017

PepsiCo ‘50 in 5’ project scooped Green Initiative for 2017

Green Initiative of the Year

World First in Carbon - Booker

Project Closed Loop - The Co-op

FairWild - Pukka Herbs

Purple Mission - Sambazon

 

 

 

 

 


Eat Natural was named 2017 Exporter of the Year

Eat Natural was named 2017 Exporter of the Year

Exporter of the Year

Atom Brands

Global Brands

Kettle Foods

Kiddylicious

Ramsden International

 

 

 


Barney Mauleverer of Fuel10k with the 2017 award

Barney Mauleverer of Fuel10k with the 2017 award

Entrepreneur of the Year

Alan & Juliet Barratt - Grenade

Denis Lynn - Finnebrogue Artisan

Martin Thatcher - Thatchers Cider Company

Pippa Murray - Pip & Nut

Sean Ramsden - Ramsden International

Steve Perez - Global Brands

 

 

Supplier of the Year - branded - what the buyers say

Alcoholic drinks - AB InBev “Quick to respond and always available to think up new and innovative ways to drive sales and the brands”

Ambient - Kraft Heinz “They understand our business completely and their support is the best across the ambient category”

Beverages - Britvic “Forward thinking, brilliant account management and collaborative in building future plans”

Bread & bakery - Warburtons “They continue to drive innovation and work proactively. Any issues are dealt with swiftly”

Chilled - Kerry Foods “Always active in trying to bring innovation to the category”

Dairy - Arla “Very strong brands coupled with superb above the line support”

Frozen - Birds Eye “Provide both fantastic support of their brands and excellent category growth too”

Fruit, veg, salad - Mash Direct “A well-run family business with great products, and always looking to innovate”

Health & beauty - Unilever “Top for availability, innovation, and category collaboration”

Household, laundry, paper - Procter & Gamble “A real willingness to develop a bespoke and joint strategic plan for our business”

Petfood - IPN “Experienced excellent growth from their brands and good future plans too”

Snacking - PepsiCo/Walkers “Excellent category support and insight coupled with a great vision for the future”

 


In 2017 Iceland was named top Online Supermarket

In 2017 Iceland was named top Online Supermarket

Online Supermarket of the Year

Aldi

Iceland Foods

Ocado

Tesco

 

 

 

 

 


Pladis was crowned 2017 Logistics Supplier of the Year

Pladis was crowned 2017 Logistics Supplier of the Year

Logistics Supplier of the Year

Fowler Welch

LPR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Henderson Retail took home top Independent chain in 2017

Henderson Retail took home top Independent chain in 2017

Independent Retail Chain of the Year

Blakemore Retail

Eros Retail/Greens

 

 

 

 

 


Another win for HelloFresh at the 2017 awards

Another win for HelloFresh at the 2017 awards

Specialist Online Retailer of the Year

Field&flower

Gousto

HelloFresh

Master of Malt

Mindful Chef

Muscle Food

 

 


The Collective took home SME Brand of the Year 2017

The Collective took home SME Brand of the Year 2017

SME Brand of the Year

Bio-tiful Dairy

Childs Farm

Grenade

Hippeas Snacks

Kiddylicious

Lily’s Kitchen

Manomasa

Moma Foods

Symington’s Naked Noodle

 

 

 


The Best range for Morrisons: top Own Label Range in 2017

The Best range for Morrisons: top Own Label Range in 2017

Own Label Range of the Year

Specially Selected - Aldi

Extra Special - Asda

Best-one - Bestway Wholesale

Luxury - Iceland Foods

One Stop - One Stop Stores

The Co-op - The Co-op

 

Supplier of the Year - own label - what the buyers say

Alcoholic drinks - Westons “A long-standing family business which delivers consistent good quality by balancing tradition with modern technology”

Ambient - LDH (La Doria) “Inclusive, transparent and genuine. The customer comes first.”

Beverages - Refresco “Collaborative solutions to problems and strong focus on sustainability”

Bread & bakery - Hovis “Collaborative and strategic approach, very proactive and customer focused”

Chilled - Greencore “First-class service across all areas, consistently good quality and good customer service with timely launches”

Dairy - Arla “Reactive to changing market conditions and provide great service with individual solutions to issues”

Frozen - Froneri “Excellent seasonal planning and very proactive in responding to changing market conditions”

Health & beauty - Perrigo “Exciting NPD and excellent sales growth opportunities”

Household, laundry, paper - Northwood & Wepa “Best value and provide complete category management”

Meat, fish, poultry - Hilton Foods “World-class operational performance. Aligned objectives and strong supply chain.”

Petfood - IPN “Highly collaborative and huge support for own label development delivering excellent figures as a result”

Snacking - Burton’s “Great innovation driven by strong insight and a collaborative approach”

 


Shield Safety Group won the Technology Supplier award in 2017

Shield Safety Group won the Technology Supplier award in 2017

Technology Supplier of the Year

Flux

Happen

JJ Food Service

Spoon Guru

 

 

 


Budgens was crowned Symbol retailer in 2017

Budgens was crowned Symbol retailer in 2017

Symbol Convenience Retailer of the Year

Best-one

Budgens

Londis

Nisa Retail

Premier

 

 

 


Sainsbury’s Redhill store manager Dave Curness won in 2017

Sainsbury’s Redhill store manager Dave Curness won in 2017

Store Manager of the Year

Warren Cook - Asda Coryton, Cardiff

Mike Dadge - Morrisons Shrewsbury

Matt Clarke - Sainsbury’s Swansea

Nick Carolan - Tesco Hull

Paul Taylor - Waitrose High Wycombe

 

 

 

 


Dave Lewis picked up the  2017 Grocer of the Year gong for Tesco

Dave Lewis picked up the 2017 Grocer of the Year gong for Tesco

The Grocer of the Year

Aldi

The Co-op

Iceland Foods

Lidl

Ocado

Tesco

 

 


Tesco was the first winner of our Waste Not Want Not award in 2017

Tesco was the first winner of our Waste Not Want Not award in 2017

Waste Not Want Not Award

Aldi - Aldi

Our Planet Matters - Belazu Ingredient Company in partnership with Veris Strategies

The Co-op Guide to Dating - East of England Co-op

Feed It Back - Lidl

Samworth Brothers 4R Plan - Samworth Brothers

Community Food Connection - Tesco

 

 


Booker’s Charles Wilson with the 2017 Wholesaler of the Year award

Booker’s Charles Wilson with the 2017 Wholesaler of the Year award

Wholesaler of the Year

Bestway Wholesale

Bidfood

Booker

Henderson Foodservice

JJ Food Service

 

 

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