The judges have sat and deliberated, the votes have been cast, and we can reveal the shortlists for this year’s FWD Gold Medals – the “Oscars” of wholesaling.
This time round the Golds (now in their 27th year) include two brand new categories, Digital Innovation (for best use of new technology by a wholesaler); and Young Supplier of the Year Award, sponsored by Costco. The latter, a companion to the existing Young Wholesaler Award, aims to recognise anyone under 35 working for a supplier or brand owner in co-operation with wholesalers and their customers. They will be judged on their contribution to understanding and efficiency in the supply chain, and better service to the customer base.
Winners of both new awards will be revealed on the night. Further categories – including supplier service to wholesale awards (voted by FWD members); and the Green Wholesaler – will also be revealed at the ceremony.
Chair of the judges, FWD communications director David Visick, said: “The quality of entries gets better every year and we’ve clearly got some very talented people coming though wholesale’s ranks.
“Judging the individual awards is always a great pleasure because you really appreciate the contribution of people who don’t always get the attention they deserve. From telesales to depot staff, from drivers to customer service teams, the Gold Medals reward the dedication and ingenuity of all those who commit to success in the wholesale sector. We hope all our shortlisted finalists can join us on November 24, along with 800 industry colleagues, to see how much their efforts are appreciated.”
The FWD Gold Medals are being held this year at Old Billingsgate in London on the evening of Thursday, November 24. The event is almost sold out, so please email Nikki at FWD (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book your place!
The shortlists are as follows (all listed in alphabetical order)
Gold Medal Wholesale Service to Retail – sponsored by Ferrero
Bestway Wholesale; Palmer & Harvey; United Wholesale
Gold Medal Wholesale Service to Caterers – sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions
Independent – Birchall Foodservice; Creed Foodservice; Robinson’s
Multiple – Bestway Wholesale; Bidvest Foodservice; JJ Foodservice
Gold Medal Customer Support – sponsored by Boost Drinks
Lesley Dale, SOS Wholesale; Rory Janiak, Booker, Northampton; Rob Owen, Creed Foodservice
Gold Medal Cash & Carry Depot Team – sponsored by AG Barr
Bestway Wholesale, Tottenham; Crown Cash & Carry, Ruislip; Time Wholesale Services, Barking
Gold Medal Cash & Carry Depot Team Member – sponsored by Cott Beverages
Peter Davis, Creed Foodservice, Cheltenham; Gita Patel, Gilsons Foods, Leicester; Jim Sayers, Palmer & Harvey, Birtley
Gold Medal Cash & Carry Manager – sponsored by PepsiCo UK
Eugene Mulroy, Batleys, Liverpool; Brett Vigelskas, Costco Wholesale, Leeds; Steve Wilkie, Batleys, Glasgow
Gold Medal Delivered Depot Manager – sponsored by him!
John Attwater, Batleys, Coventry; Ketih Knott, Palmer & Harvey, Haydock; Derek Moore, Bidvest Foodservice, Tonbridge
Gold Medal Telesales Executive – sponsored by Pritchitts
Sharon Brice, Creed Foodservice, Cheltenham; Maxine Brown, Lomond Fine Foods, Glasgow; Tracy Douglas, Bidvest Foodservice, Lakeside
Gold Medal Delivered Wholesale Driver – sonsored by Bolt Learning
Perry Cordell, Bidvest Foodservice, Wakefield; Paul Croxall, First Choice Wholesale Foods, Burton on Trent; John Leith, Lomand Fine Foods, Glasgow; Mark Mabon, Booker Galashiels
Gold Medal Young Wholesaler – sponsored by JTI
Gavin Brown, AF Blakemore & Son; Gavin Jones, Jones Food Solutions; Sarah Whiddett, Bidvest Foodservice