FWD Gold Medals: Supplier winners

The year’s top suppliers are recognised at FWD Gold Medals bash

The industry’s top-performing suppliers were recognised by their wholesalers, as FWD’s Gold Medals kicked off with the supplier awards.

Maltesers Buttons from Mars Wrigley Confectionery proved to be the toast of the industry, as the brand scooped two awards – winning the titles in Grocery Brand and Product Innovation for Retail categories.

Nestle UK also took a pair of awards, with Azera Nitro taking the Product Innovation for Foodservice and Foodservice Brand Gold Medals.

There were a host of other awards for brands, including Premier Foods, Unilever UK and Red Bull, while FWD’s very own Nikki Connor was given a special award for her ongoing commitment to the industry.

The full list of the supplier winners is:

Grocery Brand

Winner – Maltesers Buttons, Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Runners up – Pepsi Max, Britvic Soft Drinks and Yorkshire Tea, Taylor’s of Harrogate

Drinks Brand

Winner – JJ Whitley Gin, Halewood Wines & Spirits

Runners up – Casillero Del Diablo, Concha y Toro and Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin, Diageo GB

Foodservice Brand

Winner – Nescafe, Nestle Professional

Runners up – Knorr, Unilever Food Solutions and Coke Zero, Coca-Cola European Partners

Service to Retail

Winner – Red Bull

Runners up – KP Snacks and Mondelez International

Service to Caterers

Winner – Aimia Foods

Runners up – Nestle Professional and Premier Foods

Actionable Insight

Winner – Unilever UK

Runners up – KP Snacks and PepsiCo UK 

Product Innovation Retail

Winner – Maltesers Buttons, Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Runners up – Azera Nitro, Nestle UK and 19 Crimes Wine, Treasury Wine Estates

Product Innovation Foodservice

Winner – Azera Nitro, Nestle UK

Runners up – Signatures Range, McCain Foods and Carte d’Or, Unilever Food Solutions

Process Innovation

Winner – Premier Foods

Runners up – Lakeland Dairies and Unilever Food Solutions

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