Countdown Annual Awards Gala and Trade Expo Results 2018

This week Countdown’s team has celebrated its annual Trade Show, Supplier Update and announced their Annual Awards winners.

The annual event is a chance for team to get together and learn about upcoming products and initiatives, network and meet suppliers, as well as visit the trade expo to sample the latest products about to hit stores.

Scott Davidson, Countdown’s General Manager Merchandise, says this year’s Trade Show has been a huge success and was a great opportunity to meet with suppliers and congratulate excellence within the industry.

“It’s great to take a moment out to meet and talk with suppliers about how we can work even closer and bring even more value to our customers,” says Scott Davidson.  “We’ve got some exciting plans in place as we head into the busiest time of the year and it’s important that we recognise and reward excellence within our business.”

The complete list of winners is below:

Supreme Supplier of the Year

Patoa Farms

Patoa Farms is a long term supplier to Countdown and has been integral in supplying free farmed pork to our Kiwi customers.  Steve Sterne and the Patoa Farms team are collaborative, flexible, responsive to the market, and the changing needs of our customers.

 

Store Manager of the Year

Tanya Lawrence, Countdown Dinsdale

 

Countdown Category Manager of the Year

Nogo Falanitule, Liquor

 

Checkout Operator of the Year

Morsal Darwesh, Countdown Northlands

 

Online Personal Shopper of the Year

Kim Nicol, Countdown Bethlehem

 

Online Driver of the Year

Shakti Naravan, Countdown Grey Lynn

 

Forklift Driver of the Year

Shane Mohi, Palmerston North DC

 

Truck Driver of the Year

Aaron Mora, Halls Group Ltd

 

Produce Manager of the Year

Harvinder Singh

 

Produce Supplier of the Year

A S Wilcox

 

Fresh Meat & Seafood Supplier of the Year

Patoa Farms

 

Perishables & Delicatessen Supplier of the Year

Frucor Suntory

 

Bakery Supplier of the Year

George Weston Foods

 

Grocery – Cooking & Baking Supplier of the Year

Hutchinson Newco

 

Grocery – Breakfast & Snacking Supplier of the Year

Nestle

 

Grocery – Beverages Supplier of the Year

Coca Cola

 

Liquor Supplier of the Year

Villa Maria

 

Grocery Non Food & General Merchandise Supplier of the Year

Unilever

 

Own Brand Supplier of the Year

Mauri ANZ

 

New Product Development of the Year

Real Foods, for Remedy Kombucha

 

Account Manager of the Year 2018

Wade Knowles, NZ Bakels

 

 

Integrated Supplier Planner of the Year

Sarah Banbury, Kimberly Clark

 

ENDS

 

 

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