A panel of top industry movers and shakers has decided the shortlist for The Grocer's prestigious annual Gold Awards.
Supermarket operator Filco, Bristol c-store chain Smile and Tates are vying for Independent Retail Chain of the Year. Shortlisted for Wholesaler of the Year are Parfetts, Blueheath, Bestway and Brakes.
Bestway is also shortlisted in Best Own Label Range Development for Best-in. It is up against Sainsbury's So Organic, Asda's Great Stuff, Waitrose's As Good as Going Out and Tesco's Value Electricals.
Best Branded NPD will go to either Unilever UK for Vie Shots, Walkers for Potato Heads, BinFix for its bin liner or Hovis for Invisible Crust.
For Best Business Initiative, the National Federation of Retail Newsagents is shortlisted for NFRN Homelink, Midcounties Co-op for biometric payment and Asda for its local sourcing hubs. Sainsbury's Active Kids, Tesco's Kitchen Ready Meals and the programme removing MSG and artificial colours from own label at The Co-operative Group compete for Best Consumer Initiative.
The panel's experts from across retail and fmcg were led by former PepsiCo president UK & Ireland Martin Glenn, Game CEO Martin Long, Nottingham East Midlands Airport MD Penny Coates and Interlink Foods CEO Paul Griffiths.
The winners of the awards, which are sponsored by GS1 UK, Headcount, Deloitte and Disney Consumer Products/Buena Vista Home Entertainment, will be announced at The Grocer Gold Awards dinner on June 14.
Siân Harrington