The Grocer Cup is back! And readers decide who will lift the prestigious prize. For the past two decades, the trophy has been awarded to an outstanding leader for their work in the industry over the past 12 months. Take a look at our 2018 shortlist of contenders. Who gets your vote?

Voting for The Grocer Cup 2018 has now closed

The winner will be announced at the IGD Awards ceremony in London on 2 October, one of 20 categories at the 25th IGD Awards.


Mike Coupe

Job title: CEO

Company: Sainsbury’s

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“If the past four years have proven anything, it’s that Coupe isn’t afraid to stick his neck out”

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Dave Lewis

Job title: CEO 

Company: Tesco 

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“With Jack’s, Carrefour and Booker to integrate, Lewis has unfinished business to attend to at Tesco”

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David Potts

Job title: Chief executive

Company: Morrisons

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“Potts has transformed Morrisons by embracing principles Sir Ken would have appreciated”

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Andrew Selley

Job title: Chief executive 

Company: Bidfood UK

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“Throughout Bidfood’s turnaround, Selley has hardly appeared to break into a sweat”

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Tim Steiner

Job title: Founder and CEO 

Company: Ocado

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“One of the army of newly converted analysts has dubbed Ocado the ‘Microsoft of retail’”

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Kate Swann

Job title: Chief executive officer 

Company: SSP

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“Swann has a rich spread of experience combined with an innate understanding of what customers want”

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Martin Thatcher

Job title: Managing director 

Company: Thatchers

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“Thatcher has managed to grow Thatchers into an fmcg heavyweight”

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Emma Walmsley

Job title: CEO 

Company: GSK

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“She’s bought a new sense of stability to the business, bolstered by the results she’s delivered”

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Jason Warner

Job title: President for Northern Europe 

Company: AB InBev

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“Warner has taken mid-tier lager brands and seeded each into distinct niches”

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Barry Williams

Job title: Managing director 

Company: Poundland

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“While his demeanour is cheerful and positive, he shows a steely lack of sympathy to fallen rivals”

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