Achievers rewards Scotland’s wholesalers, suppliers and people in 20th year

Scotland’s most forward-thinking, resilient and innovative wholesalers have been recognised and rewarded by the industry at the annual Scottish Wholesale Achievers Awards

Achievers, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2023 and organised by the Scottish Wholesale Association, highlights excellence across all sectors of the wholesale industry and the achievements that have made a difference to individuals, communities and businesses over the last year.

A record number of guests attended the Achievers gala dinner and awards presentation, hosted by TV sports presenter Amy Irons, at the event’s new venue, the O2 Academy Edinburgh, on Thursday, 23 February.

Multiple winners on the night included CJ Lang & Son – picking up Best Delivered Operation – Retail, Best Symbol Group and Best Marketing Initiative – while Failte Foods also won three categories: Community Service Award, Best Delivered Operation – Foodservice and Rising Star of Wholesale for Bethany Kennedy.

United Wholesale (Scotland) won three awards: Best Cash & Carry for its depot in Queenslie, Glasgow, Best Licensed Wholesaler and Best Technology Initiative.

Two categories were claimed by Lomond: The Wholesale Co – Sustainable Wholesaler of the Year and Great Place to Work.

Colin Smith, chief executive of Scottish Wholesale Association, said: “This is our 20th year of these prestigious awards and we have a lot to celebrate, from the remarkable individuals who go above and beyond in their day-to-day duties to make a real difference in our industry and in their communities, to the wholesalers and suppliers that go the extra mile to provide exceptional customer service to get food and drink delivered the length and breadth of Scotland.”


Full list of winners

Great Place to Work, sponsored by Pernod Ricard

Lomond: The Wholesale Co

Runner-up: Booker Dundee

Highly Commended: United Wholesale (Scotland)


Best Cash & Carry, sponsored by Philip Morris

United Wholesale (Scotland), Queenslie

Runner-up: Batleys Sher Glasgow

Highly Commended: Booker A1 Edinburgh


Best Delivered Operation – Retail, sponsored by Juul

CJ Lang & Son

Runner-up: JW Filshill

Highly Commended: United Wholesale (Scotland)


Best Symbol Group, sponsored by Budweiser

SPAR, CJ Lang & Son

Runner-up: KeyStore, JW Filshill

Highly Commended: Day-Today, United Wholesale (Scotland)


Best Technology Initiative, sponsored by TWC

United Wholesale (Scotland)

Runner-up: Lomond: The Wholesale Co


Community Service Award, sponsored by AG Barr

Failte Foods

Runner-up: CJ Lang & Son


Best Delivered Operation – Foodservice, sponsored by Premier Foods

Failte Foods

Runner-up: Lomond: The Wholesale Co

Highly Commended: Brakes Scotland and Dunns Food & Drinks


Best Licensed Wholesaler, sponsored by Halewood

United Wholesale (Scotland)

Runner-up: Alison Wholesale

Highly Commended: Gordon & MacPhail


Best Marketing Initiative, sponsored by Suntory

CJ Lang & Son

Runner-up: Brakes Scotland

Highly Commended: United Wholesale (Scotland)


Employee of the Year, sponsored by Red Bull

David Hadden, Booker Edinburgh A1

Runner-up: Karen Clark, Brakes Scotland

Highly Commended: Scott Robertson, Booker Galashiels


Best Advertising Campaign, sponsored by SWA


‘Let’s Just Agree It Tastes…’ (Prom)


Local Supplier of the Year, sponsored by Dunns Food & Drinks

Summer House Drinks

Runner-up: Millers Larder

Highly Commended: Toll House Spirits


Project Wholesale, sponsored by Bestway Wholesale

Four Loko, Red Star Brands

Runners-up: Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I and Swizzels

Highly Commended: Juul Labs


Best Overall Service, sponsored by SWA

AG Barr

Runner-up: JTI

Highly Commended: Juul Labs


Best Foodservice Supplier, sponsored by SWA

Unilever Food Solutions

Runner-up: Highland Fine Cheeses

Highly Commended: Premier Foods


Supplier Sales Executive of the Year, sponsored by Unitas Wholesale

Mark Violet, Kepak

Runner-up: David Walker, Heineken UK

Highly Commended: Richard Garden, BrewDog


Rising Star of Wholesale, sponsored by KP Snacks

Bethany Kennedy, Failte Foods

Runner-up: Calum Brown, Brakes Scotland

Highly Commended: Jordan Mclay, United Wholesale (Scotland)


Sustainable Wholesaler of the Year, sponsored by JTI

Lomond: The Wholesale Co

Runner-up: Booker

Highly Commended: Brakes Scotland

AG Barr Booker Kepak Lomond: The Wholesale Co Scottish Wholesale Achievers Awards Scottish Wholesale Association Unitas Wholesale