FWD announces Gold Medals and names Coral Rose as new chairman

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.

The new chairman of the FWD will be Coral Rose.

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.

The Wholesale Awards winners:

Mevalco CEO David Menendez (second on right) collected the award for Smaller Wholesaler. Commenting on the win, he said: “We are beyond delighted. This award is for the whole team and is testament to everyone’s incredible commitment and hard work over the past year. Mevalco is right at the beginning of a journey that we hope will see us developing into a major force across both foodservice and retail, working closely with supply partners to offer chefs and retailers something that is that little bit different.”

Depot Manager

Atif Raza, Bestway Wholesale, Leeds

Wholesale Service to Retail

Bestway Wholesale

Wholesale Service to Caterers


Depot Star

Richard Stimpson, Creed Foodservice

Telesales Star

Lynda Hayes, Bidfood

Star Driver

James Vincent, Bidfood

Digital Innovation

JJ Food Service

Customer Business Development

Martyn Parkinson, Booker

Best Use of Data and Insight

JW Filshill

Smaller Wholesaler


Young Wholesaler

Salih Sheikh, Bestway Wholesale

Green Wholesaler of the Year



The Supplier Awards winners:

Retail Brand

Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola European Partners

Licensed Brand

Peroni, Asahi UK

Foodservice Brand

Walkers, PepsiCo UK

Best Use of Data & Insight

Coca-Cola European Partners

Service Level Supplier

Silver Spoon Company

Best New Product (Retail)

Coke Energy, Coca-Cola European Partners

Best New Product (Foodservice)

Robinsons, Britvic Soft Drinks

Process Innovation

Britvic Soft Drinks

Digital Innovation

Unilever Food Solutions

Young Supplier of the Year

Tom Jackson, Carlsberg UK

Green Supplier

KP Snacks


Tel: FWD (01323) 724952

Published Date: November 29, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News