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26 January, 2007

Record entry in 2007 Drinks Retailing Awards means tough competition

The shortlist for this year's Drinks Retailing Awards has been announced following a record number of entries in the 2007 competition.

The winners will be unveiled at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Feb 6, where the cream of British drinks retailing will gather for the ceremony.

Most of the categories open to multiple retailers were judged by the OLN Academy, a collection of 30 leading industry figures who spent many weeks poring over the entries. Judges voted for their first, second and third choices in each category to decide the winners and runners-up, with the three highest scoring entrants invited to the ceremony.

In the independent categories, a shortlist was drawn up last year and all finalists have been visited by a judge. A final round of judging based on that report then took place and a winner was chosen.

OLN editor Graham Holter said: "We received well over 100 entries this year from retailers of all shapes and sizes, and the standard had risen yet again.

"It hasn't been the easiest 12 months for many drinks retailers but they've been working harder than ever on their ranges, store formats and brand extensions."

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement prize, will be a closely-guarded secret until the end of the ceremony.

Don't miss our Feb 9 edition for confirmation of this year's winners.

OLN DRINKS RETAILING AWARDS 2007 SHORTLIST

Independent beer retailer (Sponsor: Corona)

Beer Essentials, Horsham

The Bottle Stop, Bramhall

Open All Hours, Keswick

Independent spirits retailer (Sponsor: Beam Global)

Arthur Rackham, Guildford

The Vintage House, London

The Whisky Shop

Independent wine retailer (Sponsor: Berkmann Wine Cellars)

Berry Bros & Rudd

Cooden Cellars, Eastbourne

Corks Out, Warrington

Oxford Wine Co

Convenience store

(Sponsor: British American Tobacco UK)

Celebrations, Stockport

J&H Market, Bradford

Londis, Greenford, Middx

Community off-licence (Sponsor: Beverage Brands)

Gap Wines, Belfast

John Scott & Miller, Orkney

Simply Food & Drink

Drinks buying team

(Sponsor: Pernod Ricard)

Majestic

Sainsbury's

Waitrose

High street chain

(Sponsor: Global Brands)

Bargain Booze

Majestic

Thresher

Multiple beer retailer (Sponsor: Carlsberg)

Booths

Tesco

Waitrose

Multiple spirits retailer (Sponsor: First Drinks)

Bargain Booze

Sainsburys

Tesco

Multiple wine retailer (Sponsor: Concha y Toro)

Majestic

Tesco

Waitrose

Own-label range

Co-op Fairtrade

Marks & Spencer

Sainsbury's

Supermarket

(Sponsor: Bishops Finger)

Sainsbury's

Tesco

Waitrose

Online/direct sales retailer (Sponsor: Miller Brands UK)

Majestic

Tesco

Waitrose

Drinks wholesaler

(Sponsor: Refresh UK)

Booker

Drinks Inc

Innovation

(Sponsor: Pepsico)

Majestic Gift Solutions

Tesco Fine Wine Collection

The Whisky Shop




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