The Country Range Group celebrated the work of its members and suppliers at its annual ‘An Evening With’ event, held at the Barbican Centre, London.
Compered by comedian Russell Kane, the event incorporated the annual Country Range Group awards.
Country Range managing director Coral Rose said: “It’s definitely been a difficult 18 months for our members, staff and suppliers so to reunite together in a venue as stunning as the Barbican Conservatory was a fitting celebration of everyone’s hard work and success. It was fantastic to see so many friendly faces again and a huge congratulations must go to all those who picked up awards on the night.”
The winners of the 2021 Member Awards were:
• Best Branded Supporter: Creed Foodservice
• Best Own Brand Supporter: Birchall Foodservice
• Best Digital Activation: Turner Price
• Group Member of the Year: Turner Price
The winners of the 2021 Supplier Awards were:
• Marketing Excellence: Unilever Food Solutions
• Business Relationship: Premier Foods
• Service Performance: D’Arta
• Insight Data Champion: Nestle Professional
• Own Brand Supplier of the Year: Rich Sauces
• Frozen Supplier of the Year: Lamb Weston
• Branded Supplier of the Year: Unilever Food Solutions
There was also a charity raffle on the night which raised £5,360 for Hospitality Action.
Although the past year has been one of the most challenging for Country Range members and their customers, the group has still managed to increase turnover year-on-year.
As well as running a series of live sales webinar events with suppliers, more than 20 new products were added to the Country Range own-brand portfolio to help chefs and caterers stay at the forefront of the latest food and drink trends. The brand’s sponsorship of the Student Chef Challenge, which is run in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, has also been maintained to help nurture the next generation of chefs.
Country Range chairman Ton Christiaanse, who began his role in June this year, said: “I’m delighted to be part of such a successful organisation with a great reputation and look forward to further growth as we enter our 30th anniversary year in 2022. The event was a fantastic celebration of everyone’s successes during an extremely tough year for the foodservice sector, so huge congratulations to all who won awards.”
Tel: Country Range Group (0845) 209 3777
Published Date: December 3, 2021