Country Range Group last week recognised a host of suppliers that go the extra mile for their customers at its annual supplier awards, held this year at the Tower of London.
Around 200 suppliers and representatives from the buying group’s 16 member wholesalers from across the UK and the Channel Islands attended the event and were treated to a private view of the Crown Jewels and tour of the Tower.
Nestle Professional won Branded Supplier of the Year and Finlays, Own Brand of the Year, while Unilever Food Solutions also had a successful night, picking up not one, but two accolades; Marketing Excellence for executing a creative, dynamic marketing programme in support of its brands to drive category growth within the group, and Business Relationship for its proactive attitude, ability to make key decisions and resolve queries and issues.
The Service Performance Award, recognising a supplier who has shown the best service performance measured on delivery and admin accuracy, went to potato specialist Clarebout, while Newcomer of the Year was Kings Quality Foods for making the most impact since introduction to the group in terms of creativity, sales, category or price benefits. Frozen Supplier of the Year went to Whitby Seafoods.
A Special Award for longstanding service to Country Range Group was also awarded to Bill Powell, a company stalwart who has played a key role in the expansion of the group.
Coral Rose, managing director of Country Range Group, said the supplier awards focused on performance over key business areas over the last 12 months and were voted for by all of the group’s independent wholesale members.
“It is hugely important to make a truly positive statement about the great work being done by our suppliers, while pinpointing weaknesses so they can offer an improved service,” she said. “We had a great night celebrating the efforts of suppliers in foodservice, while we were also delighted to report double digit growth for 2014, reinforcing our strategy of delivering to the independent caterer and meeting their needs with a range of products and tailored services.”
The raffle in aid of the Royal British Legion raised £3,820.