William Reed Publishing's magazines and journalists carried off four of the six awards in the inaugural Business Food and Drink Journalist Awards, sponsored by Britvic in association with the Periodical Publishers' Association in London last week. The Grocer was highly commended in the publication of the year category. It was hailed by the judges as "the one-stop shop title in the grocery market, with a commitment to quality journalism, appealing to a broad audience for almost 150 years." PPA chief executive Ian Locks commented:"Arguably, The Grocer is always going to be the one to beat for its biblical quality." Another William Reed title, Morning Advertiser, was also a finalist, and described by the judges as "having the sense of a good debate at the pub bar". But the group's greatest success came in the features writer category where The Grocer's Elaine Watson, who joined the magazine's news team in 2000 from an internet trading exchange, won the main award. Her work was described by Locks as "unfailingly well written, with a style that was edgy but not cynical" Tracey West, from our sister publication Convenience Store, was highly commended and The Grocer journalists Julian Hunt and Helen Gregory were finalists. David Rees of Convenience Store won the news writer of the year category, with Tom Stainer of Morning Advertiser highly commended and Julian Hunt a finalist. Andrew Pring of Morning Advertiser won the editor of the year category, with Sonia Young of Convenience Store a finalist. The Britvic lifetime achievement award, nominated by leading publishers, was won by The Grocer's editor Clive Beddall, who this year completes 44 years in journalism. Locks told the audience: "He is an outstanding editor, promoting the industry he loves, leading an excellent team and delivering an outstanding product." {{NEWS }}