The best performers in the wholesale sector were highlighted at the top event in the trade’s calendar, the FWD’s Annual Dinner and Gold Medal Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London.
Several leaders within the industry were honoured, and there was recognition for the best depot managers and the young wholesaler of the year.
The Gold Award for Cash and Carry Manager – Independent went to Don Wouhra of East End Foods.
The citation for the award said Wouhra managed a turnover of more than pound;100m and over 100 staff and was one of the most knowledgeable and experienced wholesalers in the business.
A special award was presented to James Hall, Bestway Direct controller, for his service to retail which included inventing the slogan “Local and proud of it” for the My Shop is Your Shop campaign.
Martin Williams, managing director of Landmark Wholesale, received the Gold Medal for Service to Retail – Independent, for the group’s Hot House programme, and the Gold Medal for Service to Retail – Multiple was awarded to Steve Fox, director of retail and Premier development at Booker.
Young Wholesaler of the Year was operations director at Blakemore Food Service Andrew Grinsell.
The Gold Award for Service to Caterers – Independent was awarded to Sterling Supergroup, and was received by chief executive Anne Tomlinson, and the award for Service to Caterers – Multiple went to Musgrave Northern Ireland and was received on its behalf by MBL PR manager Rosie McFarlane.
Karl Minogue of Costco Gateshead was awarded the Gold Medal for Cash and Carry Manager – Multiple, the award for Delivered Depot Manager – Independent went to Mike Lathey of Savona Provisions, Kidlington, and Derek Moore of 3663 in Edenbridge won the Gold Medal for Delivered Depot Manager – Multiple.
l Full coverage of the event will be in the next issue of ProWholesaler