It’s that time of year again - when we start looking for worthy winners for The Grocer Gold Awards 2006. Here’s a look back at the top performers who walked away with gold in 2005

We have started the search for the best in the business, with the official launch of The Grocer Gold Awards 2006, which this year are sponsored by GS1, Headcount and Deloitte.
As in previous years, many of the awards are based on exclusive research carried out by The Grocer. However, multiples, independents, symbol groups and wholesalers are all eligible to enter the awards for best own label range development, best consumer initiative and best business initiative.
Entering could not be easier. And it’s free! Log on to for full details of the event and to download entry forms, which are really simple to fill in, or you can call Emma Wiles on 01293 867630 to find out more about the awards.
In the category for best own label range development, we will be looking to reward a family of products that have either been launched or relaunched, rather than individual product innovations. This category will look to reward strong concepts that show a clear understanding of developments in the market.
Best consumer initiative could be any customer-facing activity from new store formats to marketing initiatives or advertising campaigns. The best business initiative could be a supply chain project, new technology or a staff training project.
Last year, Budgens and Newitt jointly won the award for best business initiative, while Landmark Cash and Carry won the prize for best own label range development and Tesco won best consumer initiative.
There will also be awards for best branded and own label suppliers - won by Coca-Cola Enterprises and Arla Foods last year - as well as the year’s best NPD by a brand, which in 2005 was Cadbury Snaps.
In addition, the retailers who feature in The Grocer Top 50 ranking can enter the award for best independent retail chain and the wholesalers who feature on our Big 30 listing can enter the award for best wholesaler.
Frozen food chain Cook was named independent retail chain of the year in 2005, while foodservice specialist Brakes scooped the first wholesaler of the year award.
Tesco was the star of the show last year. As well as winning the award for consumer initiative of the year, it picked up the awards for grocer of the year, which was voted for by analysts, business journalists, non-grocery retailers and suppliers, and Britain’s favourite supermarket, after coming top in a poll of more than 10,000 consumers who said it was best for price, range, quality, service and availability.
Chief executive Sir Terry Leahy said at last year’s event that he was “delighted” to have picked up three awards, particularly the accolade of Britain’s favourite supermarket. “It’s a great honour for all our staff and recognition of the fantastic work they do.”
Other winners last year included Asda, which won The Grocer 33 award for best for price, and Morrisons, which won The Grocer 33 awards for availability and customer service. Ocado was presented with the award for best online retailer.
These accolades are all up for grabs again in this year’s awards.
The winners will be announced at a special awards dinner at The Dorchester Hotel in London on June 14.
Julian Hunt, editor of The Grocer, says: “Our awards night has become one of the must-attend events for everybody in the trade.
“We think this popularity is due to the fact that our awards live up to their name and really do set a gold standard.”
He adds: “Last year’s winners came from across the industry and this is a great opportunity for everybody to prove they have got what it takes to go for gold.”