The FWD Gold Medals 2019 were revealed last night at Old Billingsgate, London. At the same time, it was announced that Coral Rose, managing director of Country Range, will become chairman of the organisation at the beginning of 2020.
Rose will succeed Bidfood chief executive Andrew Selley who spent three years in the role of chairman.
Rose has been a member of the FWD Council since 2014, and has co-chaired its foodservice group. She has presented at FWD conferences and supplier briefings, sharing her passion for encouraging and enabling talented people from all backgrounds to build a career in the wholesale sector.
As the new FWD chairman, she will guide the FWD’s agenda under its three strategic pillars of Representing Wholesale, Promoting Wholesale and Bringing Wholesale Together.
Commenting on her appointment, she said: “The FWD is a unique forum for competitors to come together and demonstrate the strength of this channel and the opportunity it offers, both for brands and for individuals who choose to dedicate themselves to it,” she says. “I’m looking forward to being a part of enhancing and developing the service it provides for the wholesale channel.”
Meanwhile, at the FWD Gold Medals ceremony, Bidfood and Bestway were the top performers, taking three awards each.