FWD award winners announced

29 November, 2013

Russian Standard Vodka beat Stella Artois and Carlsberg’s Somersby Cider to be crowned Drinks Brand of the Year at last night’s Federation of Wholesale Distributors Gold Medal Awards.

Walkers Crisps topped the wholesalers’ vote as Grocery Brand of the Year and Britvic won gold for innovation for a Mountain Dew campaign.

JW Filshill won the Wholesaler Service to Retail award, with judges praising its strong support structure and investing in technology.
FWD chairman Guy Farrant reminded the 700-strong audience that SMEs account two-thirds of private sector jobs and half of private sector income and said that with the support of the FWD’s members they can play a major part in Britain’s economic revival.

He added: “There is a new belief in local services and ambitious, adaptable entrepreneurs like the small businesses we work with.

“These are businesses that want to sell your products for you, and you can reach them through the members of the FWD. As you have seen tonight, we are in very good shape to help you grow your business along with theirs.”
 

Here is the full list of winners and nominees, along with judges’ comments:

 
 
Medals for Wholesalers


Gold Medal Wholesaler Service to Retail sponsored by Kinder.
 
Winner:
JW Filshill  
 
Shortlisted:
DeeBee
Savage + Whitten
 
What the judges said:
A focus on its retailer network, support structure and IT investment has seen Filshill build strong relationships with its customers and help them develop their own businesses, while offering excellent compliance to suppliers. The judges were impressed by its successful combination of old-style customer care and the latest digital tools.
 
 
Wholesaler service to foodservice sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions.
 
Winner:
MJ Baker Foodservice

Shortlisted:
P&H Direct;
Total Foodservice
 
What the judges said:
In a highly competitive sector, MJB achieves high levels of customer satisfaction through outstanding service, while increasing its customer base by 26% in the last year. It has invested in new technologies  and increased its stock holding capacity as part of a programme of continual innovation.
 

Environmental Initiative in the Wholesale Channel sponsored by Little Miracles
 
 
Winner:
Booker  

Shortlisted:
East End Foods
3663
 
What the judges said:
Launched in 2012, this scheme allows customers to return their cardboard and plastic to any Booker branch, free of charge – reducing their costs and preventing waste going to landfill. With over 3000 tonnes per year recycled it is clearly having an very positive impact and the judges praised the closed loop aspect - customers take goods away in cardboard boxes and bring the cardboard boxes back next time they collect goods.

 
Green Wholesaler of the Year sponsored by Wholesale News
 
Winner:
3663
 
Shortlisted:
Booker;
JW Filshill
Sutherland Brothers
 

What the judges said:
A very impressive record of environmental awareness gives 3663 the edge in a tight contest, particularly its systematic engagement processes with suppliers through Sustainable Futures Partnerships, and with its own staff via its Sustainability Conference. These initiatives are driven and resourced right from the top through the Sustainability Executive.
 
 
Cash and Carry Manager (Independent) sponsored by Boost Drinks.
 
Winner
Altaf Khanjra, Khanjra International Foods
 
Shortlisted:
Sony Bihal, Time C&C
Fukhera Khalid, Elbrook C&C
 
What the judges said:
Innovation and customer needs are the focus of the team at Blackburn with Altaf at the helm. Despite having to move depot twice in five years, he has driven growth in all mainstream categories, doubled the sales area and increased customer numbers by an astonishing 150%.


Cash and Carry Manager (Multiple) sponsored by Pepsico UK and Ireland
 
Winner:
Alan Evans, Blakemore Newport
 
Shortlisted:
Rob Butler, Booker Swansea
Steve MacDonald, Costco Farnborough
 
What the judges said:
With profitability up and costs down, Newport has had a tremendous year thanks to general manager Alan. He works exceptionally closely with customers new and old, and he’s known for looking after his staff with great care and affection. His gap checking initiative has brought the depot 99.85% availability and is being shared throughout the group as a model of best practice.

Cash and Carry Depot Team, sponsored by AG Barr.
 
Winner:
Bestway Nuneaton

 Shortlisted:
Alfa Wholesale, Glasgow
Gold Star Cash & Carry, Harrow
 
What the judges said:
Despite facing competition form nearby rivals, the Nuneaton team under Naveed Saqib has grown sales and profit in each of the last three years by offering the highest standard of customer experience from the car park to the checkout. Every member of the team is committed to adding value through initiatives like family days for customers, retailer forums, help setting customers up online and a ‘pick & deliver’ service.



Gold Medal Shop Floor Worker sponsored by Cott Beverages.


Winner:
Dan Brown, Booker Watford
 
Shortlisted:
Nazaqat Ali,  Blakemore Birmingham
Mehul Patel, Dhamecha Wembley
 
What the judges said:
Over the last 18 months Dan has revealed great skill and enthusiasm, taking over the fruit and veg department and building close relationships with his top customers, visiting their premises to remerchandise and calling them every day. His success has seen him invited to regional meetings to explain to area managers just how he does it, and other branches consider Watford’s fruit and veg department as their benchmark.
 
Gold Medal for Delivered Depot Manager, sponsored by HIM.

Winner:
Graham Barton, P&H Hemel Hempstead :
 
Shortlisted:
Steve Jones, 3663 Manchester
Sud Patel, Turner & Wrights Bolton
 
What the judges said:
After nearly 28 years with Palmer and Harvey, Graham was selected to run the 180,000 square foot Hemel Hempstead Distribution Centre and he’s done it in style, introducing a plan that has energised and engaged the staff by helping individuals achieve their own goals. He’s improved product availability and brought customers into the DC to meet the team. He’s known for being approachable, professional and passionate and loyal to his team.

Delivered Wholesale Driver supported by Imperial Tobacco.
 
Winner:
Anthony Beardsall, Creed Foodservice Ilkeston
 
Shortlisted:
Keith Ball, P&H Saltash
Rob Hughes, P&H Birtley
Shane Weaver, 3663 Swansea

What the judges said:
Tony’s contribution doesn’t stop behind the wheel – he’s in charge of a driver training programme which has saves the company an estimated £250,000 a year in fuel costs due to more efficient driving. He is passionate about the vehicle fleet and often does repairs himself, even out of hours. He’s the ‘go to’ man for depot maintenance, and his manager says he’s an ambassador for the company and always has a smile on his face.

Young Wholesaler of the Year supported by JTI

Winner:
Muhammad Asad, Bestway
 
Shortlisted:
Nichola Bryce, Creed Foodservice
Chris Gallaher, Booker
 
What the judges said:
Joining Bestway while a student in 1999, Muhammad has become one of the hottest properties in the group, working his way up to management of a branch in one of the most challenging and competitive trading areas. His Barking depot has shown 15% growth year on year and developed its online sales. Muhammad has been a key founder of the Xtra Local Club customer support group and he’s involved in re-merchandising the non-food departments across the Bestway group, developing layout and category management techniques which have been rolled out across the business.
 
 
 
 
Medals for Suppliers

Gold Medal Grocery Brand sponsored by Parfetts

Winner:
Walkers Crisps, Pepsico UK and Ireland
 
Shortlisted:
Cadbury Marvellous Creations, Mondelez International
Rockstar, AG Barr
 
 
Drinks Brand of the year sponsored by Bestway
 
Winner:
Russian Standard Vodka Whyte & Mackay;
 
Shortlisted:
Stella Artois, AB Inbev UK
Somersby Cider Carlsberg UK
 
 
Foodservice Brand sponsored by Blakemore Wholesale

Winner:
Bisto, Premier Foods
 
Shortlisted:
Heinz Range, HJ Heinz Company;
Knorr, Unilever Food Solutions.
 
 
Gold Medal Service to Retail sponsored by Sugro UK
 
Winner:
Tate & Lyle
 
Shortlisted:
Nestle UK
Mondelez International
 
 
Gold Medal for Service to Foodservice sponsored by Booker,
 
Winner:
Unilever Food Solutions
 
Shortlisted:
Heinz Foodservice
Nestle Professional

 
Gold Medal for Innovation in Retail sponsored by
Landmark Wholesale
 
Winner:
Britvic Soft Drinks for the Mountain Dew AMP
 
Gold Medal for Innovation in Foodservice, sponsored by 3663
Winner:
Unilever Food Solutions for the Create More Range
 
Gold Medal for Actionable Insight sponsored by SalesOut

Winner:
GSK Consumer Health


Shortlisted:
Britvic Soft Drinks
PepsiCo UK & Ireland

 
 

Medals for Wholesalers
Gold Medal Wholesaler Service to Retail sponsored by Kinder.
Winner: JW Filshill  
Shortlisted: DeeBee, Savage + Whitten
What the judges said:
A focus on its retailer network, support structure and IT investment has seen Filshill build strong relationships with its customers and help them develop their own businesses, while offering excellent compliance to suppliers. The judges were impressed by its successful combination of old-style customer care and the latest digital tools.
Wholesaler service to foodservice sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions.
Winner:
MJ Baker Foodservice
Shortlisted: P&H Direct; Total Foodservice
What the judges said:
In a highly competitive sector, MJB achieves high levels of customer satisfaction through outstanding service, while increasing its customer base by 26% in the last year. It has invested in new technologies  and increased its stock holding capacity as part of a programme of continual innovation.
 
Environmental Initiative in the Wholesale Channel sponsored by Little Miracles
Winner: Booker
Shortlisted: East End Foods, 3663
What the judges said:
Launched in 2012, this scheme allows customers to return their cardboard and plastic to any Booker branch, free of charge – reducing their costs and preventing waste going to landfill.  With over 3000 tonnes per year recycled it is clearly having an very positive impact and the judges praised the closed loop aspect - customers take goods away in cardboard boxes and bring the cardboard boxes back next time they collect goods.
 
Green Wholesaler of the Year sponsored by Wholesale News
Winner:3663
Shortlisted: Booker; JW Filshill Sutherland Brothers
What the judges said:
A very impressive record of environmental awareness gives 3663 the edge in a tight contest, particularly its systematic engagement processes with suppliers through Sustainable Futures Partnerships, and with its own staff via its Sustainability Conference. These initiatives are driven and resourced right from the top through the Sustainability Executive.
 
Cash and Carry Manager (Independent) sponsored by Boost Drinks.
Winner Altaf Khanjra, Khanjra International Foods
Shortlisted: Sony Bihal, Time C&C; Fukhera Khalid, Elbrook C&C
What the judges said:
Innovation and customer needs are the focus of the team at Blackburn with Altaf at the helm. Despite having to move depot twice in five years, he has driven growth in all mainstream categories, doubled the sales area and increased customer numbers by an astonishing 150%.
 
Cash and Carry Manager (Multiple) sponsored by Pepsico UK and Ireland
Winner: Alan Evans, Blakemore Newport
Shortlisted: Rob Butler, Booker Swansea, Steve MacDonald, Costco Farnborough
What the judges said:
With profitability up and costs down, Newport has had a tremendous year thanks to general manager Alan. He works exceptionally closely with customers new and old, and he’s known for looking after his staff with great care and affection. His gap checking initiative has brought the depot 99.85% availability and is being shared throughout the group as a model of best practice.
 
Cash and Carry Depot Team, sponsored by AG Barr.
Winner: Bestway Nuneaton
Shortlisted: Alfa Wholesale, Glasgow, Gold Star Cash & Carry, Harrow
What the judges said:
Despite facing competition form nearby rivals, the Nuneaton team under Naveed Saqib has grown sales and profit in each of the last three years by offering the highest standard of customer experience from the car park to the checkout. Every member of the team is committed to adding value through initiatives like family days for customers, retailer forums, help setting customers up online and a ‘pick & deliver’ service.
 
Gold Medal Shop Floor Worker sponsored by Cott Beverages.
Winner: Dan Brown, Booker Watford
Shortlisted: Nazaqat Ali,  Blakemore Birmingham, Mehul Patel, Dhamecha Wembley
What the judges said:
Over the last 18 months Dan has revealed great skill and enthusiasm, taking over the fruit and veg department and building close relationships with his top customers, visiting their premises to remerchandise and calling them every day. His success has seen him invited to regional meetings to explain to area managers just how he does it, and other branches consider Watford’s fruit and veg department as their benchmark.
 
Gold Medal for Delivered Depot Manager, sponsored by HIM.
Winner: Graham Barton, P&H Hemel Hempstead :
Shortlisted: Steve Jones, 3663 Manchester Sud Patel, Turner & Wrights Bolton
What the judges said:
After nearly 28 years with Palmer and Harvey, Graham was selected to run the 180,000 square foot Hemel Hempstead Distribution Centre and he’s done it in style, introducing a plan that has energised and engaged the staff by helping individuals achieve their own goals. He’s improved product availability and brought customers into the DC to meet the team. He’s known for being approachable, professional and passionate and loyal to his team.
 
Delivered Wholesale Driver supported by Imperial Tobacco.
Winner: Anthony Beardsall, Creed Foodservice Ilkeston
Shortlisted: Keith Ball, P&H Saltash, Rob Hughes, P&H Birtley, Shane Weaver, 3663 Swansea
What the judges said:
Tony’s contribution doesn’t stop behind the wheel – he’s in charge of a driver training programme which has saves the company an estimated £250,000 a year in fuel costs due to more efficient driving. He is passionate about the vehicle fleet and often does repairs himself, even out of hours. He’s the ‘go to’ man for depot maintenance, and his manager says he’s an ambassador for the company and always has a smile on his face.
 
Young Wholesaler of the Year supported by JTI

Winner: Muhammad Asad, Bestway
Shortlisted: Nichola Bryce, Creed Foodservice, Chris Gallaher, Booker
What the judges said:
Joining Bestway while a student in 1999, Muhammad has become one of the hottest properties in the group, working his way up to management of a branch in one of the most challenging and competitive trading areas. His Barking depot has shown 15% growth year on year and developed its online sales. Muhammad has been a key founder of the Xtra Local Club customer support group and he’s involved in re-merchandising the non-food departments across the Bestway group, developing layout and category management techniques which have been rolled out across the business.
 
Medals for Suppliers

Gold Medal Grocery Brand sponsored by Parfetts
Winner: Walkers Crisps, Pepsico UK and Ireland
Shortlisted: Cadbury Marvellous Creations, Mondelez International
Rockstar, AG Barr
 
Drinks Brand of the year sponsored by Bestway
Winner: Russian Standard Vodka Whyte & Mackay;
Shortlisted: Stella Artois, AB Inbev UK Somersby Cider Carlsberg UK
 
Foodservice Brand sponsored by Blakemore Wholesale
Winner: Bisto, Premier Foods
Shortlisted: Heinz Range, HJ Heinz Company;
Knorr, Unilever Food Solutions.
 
Gold Medal Service to Retail sponsored by Sugro UK
Winner: Tate & Lyle
Shortlisted: Nestle UK Mondelez International
 
Gold Medal for Service to Foodservice sponsored by Booker
Winner: Unilever Food Solutions
Shortlisted: Heinz Foodservice Nestle Professional
 
Gold Medal for Innovation in Retail sponsored by Landmark Wholesale
Winner: Britvic Soft Drinks for the Mountain Dew AMP
 
Gold Medal for Innovation in Foodservice, sponsored by 3663
Winner: Unilever Food Solutions for the Create More Range
 
Gold Medal for Actionable Insight sponsored by SalesOut
Winner: GSK Consumer Health
Shortlisted: Britvic Soft Drinks, PepsiCo UK & Ireland




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