This week we launch The Grocer Gold Awards 2005, sponsored by KPMG, Geac and Lawson Software.
We are inviting entries for best own label range development, best consumer initiative and best business initiative.
In best own label, we will look for strong concepts with a clear understanding of developments in the market.
The best consumer initiative could be any customer-facing activity, from store formats to advertising.
The best business initiative could be a supply chain project, technology or any wholesaler scheme designed to get retail customers to spend more.
Those independents who feature in The Grocer Top 50 ranking, published in February,
can enter for best independent chain. And we will launch a new award for best wholesaler, open to companies in a new ranking unveiled early next year.
There will be awards for brand and own label suppliers based on exclusive research by The Grocer. And we will look for the year’s best new product development by a brand.
Independent and highly qualified judges will decide the winners of the awards. The panel for best independent and best wholesaler will be chaired by Roger Pedder, chairman of Clarks Shoes and Silentnight; the panel for best own label and best npd by a brand will be chaired by Rita Clifton, chair of Interbrand; the panel for best business initiative will be led by Chris Poole, logistics director of P& G and co-chair of ECR UK; and our panel for best consumer initiative will be headed by Keith Weed, chairman of Lever Fabergé.
The awards will be presented at a dinner in London on June 15, where we will also unveil the winners of The Grocer 33 awards (including a new award for online retailer of the year); reveal the country’s favourite supermarket; and name The Grocer of the Year.
To find out more, please call Emma Wiles on 01293 610282.