The judges chose Brakes for the first Grocer Gold Green Wholesaler of the Year award. It was applauded for having "a great story to tell", and its strong "focus on issues specific to its business".

The foodservice giant has been addressing the sustainability issues facing its operation for two years now. Last year it won the overall Gold award for best wholesaler based on its green credentials. It has carried this on with a raft of new green measures, increasing the percentage of its fleet running on biodiesel to 60% and reducing its fuel consumption by 8% through more efficient route planning. It is also making significant progress in reducing the levels of waste it produces and the packaging it uses and is actively encouraging its suppliers to use recycled packaging.