The FWD Gold Medal awards dinner, held last night (30 November) at Old Billingsgate, London, attracted a record number of guests.
The audience of 900 people gathered to celebrate the outstanding achievements of wholesaler and supplier businesses and talented people across the industry.
A total of 25 Gold Medals were awarded. Parfetts won the Retail Wholesaler accolade, Adams Foodservice was presented with the Foodservice Wholesaler award, Small Beer won On Trade Wholesaler, and Dunsters Farm was recognised as the top Wholesaler with a turnover of up to £50 million.
Among the individual wholesaler awards, Parfetts’ Holly Pennington was presented with the Emerging Talent award; Amanda Casey of JW Filshill was named Wholesale Star; Patrick Nayler of Creed Foodservice was crowned Wholesale Manager, and Kevin Peacock of JJ Foodservice won Star Driver after his heroic actions while out on his delivery route saved the life of a woman who had suffered a brain haemorrhage.
Introducing the awards, FWD chairman Dawood Pervez said: “We have so many talented people and progressive businesses within our sector who have been nominated for an award and whom we are proud to be recognising. All our judges have been inspired by the commitment, dedication, and sheer passion for excellence that has shone through.
“Our industry is all about its people and tonight we honour you, the individuals in the sector who make wholesale such an inspiring and valuable place to work. We have faced challenges and embraced successes to ensure our industry is a sector that continues to thrive.”
Diversity in Wholesale: Creed Foodservice
Best Use of Data & Insight: Henderson Foodservice
Sustainable Wholesaler: Sysco GB
Telesales Star: Gail Davidson, Henderson Foodservice
Star Driver: Kevin Peacock, JJ Foodservice
Wholesale Manager: Patrick Nayler, Creed Foodservice
Customer Development: Kane Pearce, JJ Foodservice
Wholesale Star: Amanda Casey, JW Filshill
Emerging Talent: Holly Pennington, Parfetts
Wholesaler with a turnover of up to £50m: Dunsters Farm
On Trade Wholesaler: Small Beer
Foodservice Wholesaler: Adams Foodservice
Retail Wholesaler: Parfetts
Use of Data & Insight: Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
Service Provider: Lumina Intelligence
Service to Wholesale: Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
New Retail Product: Red Bull Juneberry
New Foodservice Product: Bisto Southern Fried Gravy, Premier Foods
Marketing & Promotional Activation: Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
Sustainable Supplier: Budweiser Brewing Group
Emerging Talent: Issy Blatherwick, Budweiser Brewing Group
Licensed Brand: Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Asahi UK
Foodservice Brand: Bisto, Premier Foods
Grocery Brand: Lucozade, Suntory Beverage & Food
Diversity in Wholesale: Heineken UK
Published Date: December 1, 2023