Going for gold!

Wholesale celebrated its own in style at the FWD Gold Medal Awards, with record numbers in attendance

Held at Old Billingsgate, London on 24 November 2022, the FWD Gold Medals saw suppliers and wholesalers recognised and rewarded for their continued excellence during another challenging year for the sector. Celebrating innovation, sustainability, customer service, teamwork, commitment and going above and beyond, the black-tie event was a sell out with a record 840 guests in attendance.

Praised for their commitment and support for the wholesale channel, Gold Medal-winning suppliers included Britvic who took home a hat-trick of awards, Molson Coors, Coca-Cola and Radnor Hills while Amy Beirne of Halewood Artisanal Spirits was named as the winner of the Emerging Talent Gold Medal.

For the wholesale awards, Bestway Wholesale took home the coveted Retail Wholesaler of the Year award, while Bidfood scooped top honours for Out of Home Wholesaler. The Gold Medal for Digital Innovation was won by JJ Foodservice, while Blakemore secured the trophy for Best Use of Data and Insight.

Failte Foods won Smaller Wholesaler of the Year, while Direct Seafoods netted the Green Wholesaler of the Year award.

Individual wholesale stars were also recognised for their incredible contributions to their businesses, including:

  • Telesales Star – Denise Collison, Bidfood
  • Star Driver – Peter Taylor, Dunsters Farm
  • Wholesale Manager – Stuart Shaw, Bestway Wholesale
  • Customer Development – Susan Justice, Bidfood
  • Wholesale Star – Matthew Norman, Confex
  • Emerging Talent – Holly Rogers, Bidfood

The Outstanding Contribution Gold Medal was awarded to Andy Kemp – a clearly popular choice.

Watch out for the next issue of Wholesale News to read all about the awards and celebrate the Gold Medal winners and discover why they were chosen as the best of the best.

AF Blakemore Bestway Wholesale Bidfood Britvic Coca-Cola Direct Seafoods Failte Foods FWD FWD Gold Medals Halewood Artisanal Spirits JJ Foodservice Molson Coors Radnor Hills