FWD director general Alan Toft capped off his final month before retirement with a special prize at Britvic’s Food Drink Journalists Awards.
Toft was presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award by former editor of the Daily Mirror Piers Morgan.
In addition to founding and developing the FWD’s own title, ProWholesaler, Toft also set up Independent Grocer (now IRN). The judges said that Toft founded a strong campaigning style that was now taken for granted by the readers of the trade press.
Earlier in the month Toft presided over his last Annual Conference as director general. FWD chairman Rodney Hunt told the conference Toft had “put wholesalers on the map” during his 16 years in office.
He added: The industry has so much to thank Alan for what has been achieved on their behalf and with what has seemed like boundless energy and enthusiasm.”
Toft was presented with a barometer and timepiece as a retirement present.