And this year's winners are ...
Published:  24 January, 2008

The Drinks Retailing Awards are set for Feb 5 at London's Dorchester Hotel

The finalists in this year's Drinks Retailing Awards have been revealed following a rigorous judging process. The winners will be unveiled in front of a packed ballroom at London's Dorchester Hotel on Feb 5.

Judging was carried out by the OLN Academy, a group of leading industry figures who spent many weeks considering the entries before voting for their first, second and third choices in each category. In the independent categories, a shortlist was drawn up and the three highest scoring entrants were visited by a judge. A final round of judging based on that report then took place and a winner was chosen.

Independent finalists, who will attend the glittering ceremony as guests of OLN, will also get a paid-for overnight stay at a London hotel. The independent winners will receive £500.

This year there are two new categories: best customer magazine or website, and an award for sales excellence, which recognises shop managers, supermarket BWS advisers and sales assistants who go beyond the call of duty in their jobs.

The winner of the lifetime achievement prize will be kept tightly under wraps until the end of the ceremony. Last year, shopkeeper John Mitchell became the first independent to be honoured with the prestigious trophy.

A full list of winners will be printed in OLN's Feb 8 issue.

OLN Drinks Retailing Awards 2008 shortlist

Community Off-licence

Sponsor: Beverage Brands

Goblets Off-licence, Moston

The Jug & Bottle, Bubwith

Rock Bottom, Cowbridge

Convenience Store

Sponsor: British American Tobacco

J Robarts & Son, Codicote

Burgess Stores, Goudhurst

Bargain Booze, Oswaldtwistle

Independent Beer Retailer

The Offie, Leicester

Bacchanalia, Cambridge

Scatchards of Chester, Hoole

Independent Spirits Retailer

Sponsor: Global Brands

Corks Out, Stockton Heath

Cadenheads Whisky Shop, Edinburgh

Gordon & MacPhail, Elgin

Independent Wine Retailer

Sponsor: Viña Santa Rita)

Badger's Wines, Worksop

Hoults Wine Merchants, Huddersfield

Cellar Door Wines,

St Albans

Drinks Buying Team

Sponsor: Cider of Sweden

Majestic

Waitrose

Tesco

Drinks Wholesaler

Sponsor: Refresh UK

Playford Ros

Parfetts Cash and Carry

Booker

High Street Chain

Sponsor: PepsiCo UK

Wine Rack

Bargain Booze

Majestic

Multiple Beer Retailer

Sponsor: Carlsberg

Booths

Tesco

Waitrose

Multiple Spirits Retailer

Sponsor: First Drinks Brands

Waitrose

Tesco

Booths

Multiple Wine Retailer

Sponsor: Concha & Toro

Majestic

Waitrose

Tesco

Online/Direct Sales Retailer

Sponsor: Raisin Social

The Drinks Shop.com

Waitrose

Tesco

Supermarket

Sponsor: Shepherd Neame

Sainsbury's

Waitrose

Tesco

Best Customer Magazine/ Website

Sponsor: Wines of Argentina

Adnams

Waitrose

Tesco

Award for Sales Excellence

Goblets Off-licence, Moston -

Janet Crowley, manager

Wine Rack -

Jimmy Smith, branch manager,

north Ealing

Rodney Densem Wines,

Nantwich - Chris Riley, retail manager

Innovation

Sponsor: Chamarré

Adnams

Thresher Group

Barrels & Bottles, Sheepbridge




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