A cash and carry business that proves the "independent spirit can win against the odds" scooped a gold medal in the Federation of Wholesale Distributors' annual awards. Amir Kapadia, md of Landmark member Lam C&C, won the management prize for the independent sector. He was praised for running an excellent business in the face of intense competition . Kapadia also has to cope with tough operational issues, not least the limited car parking at his depot. Cash and carry manager of the year in the multiple sector was Booker's Graham Sills. Delivered managers of the year were Harry Jones who runs P&H's Haydock depot and Viv Lewis, md of Luther Lewis (Drefach). Two Scottish wholesalers won gold medals for service to retailers. Colin Sangster, sales and marketing director of Sutherland Bros in Wick, was praised for demonstrating "best practice at its best". Ronnie Hannah, md of JW Filshill in Glasgow, won his medal in recognition of running a business showing 25% year on year growth. The award for service to caterers went to Peter Saunders of Blakemore Food Service. Gold medals for young wholesaler of the year went to Liam Taylor of 3663 in the multiple category, and Stephen John, manager of Bestway's Claremont depot, in the independent category. KitKat Chunky was grocery brand of the year, while Smirnoff Ice won the gold medal for best drinks brand. The gold medal for best service in retail went to Kellogg. {{NEWS }}