Prime Minister David Cameron added his voice to the celebrations as food and drink wholesalers and their guests gathered in London for the 2014 FWD Gold Medal Awards, which recognise the sector’s highest achievers of the year.
In a letter to FWD chairman Martin Williams, Mr Cameron praised the “hard work, commitment and success” of wholesale distributors over the last year. “You make an important contribution to the economy, supporting jobs and skills directly and indirectly in the supply chain. It is clear that you play a decisive role in ensuring the competitiveness of the United Kingdom,” he wrote.
Williams told the 730 guests: “Tonight is all about rewarding talent in our sector. We have some amazing people in this industry: brilliant, enthusiastic and ambitious people, from the boardroom to the shop floor. In the vans and trucks, on the telephones, out in the field with the customers and around the negotiating table with suppliers. These people are driving out businesses with their talent and energy, and tonight we recognize the very best of them.”
The evening saw gold medals presented to individuals in the wholesale sector, including delivery drivers, depot managers and business development managers. Teams and companies were also recognised. The Gold Medal Depot Team award went to Bestway Team Valley and the individual award for Young Wholesaler of the Year was won by Marcus Singh of Hyperama. Bidvest 3663 was crowned Green Wholesaler of the Year, with Creed Foodservice picking up the award for service to catering customers.
The awards for suppliers were voted for by FWD members, with the coveted Gold Medal Grocery Brand award going to Pepsi from Britvic Soft Drinks, and Premier Foods taking the Gold Medal Foodservice Brand for Bisto.
For more from the awards don’t miss the December and January issues of Wholesale News.