Honouring the best of the trade

01 February, 2011

The industry is gearing up for the glittering Drinks Retailing Awards tonight, which celebrates the great and the good in the trade.

Off Licence News editor Rosie Davenport and broadcaster Olly Smith will present the industry’s leading lights at a glittering ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel.

Here are the finalists hoping to pick up a prestigious gong.

Innovation of the Year: Majestic, Naked Wines, Sainsbury’s; Drinks Wholesaler of the Year: Booker, Gordon & MacPhail; Drinks Buying Team of the Year: Majestic, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose; Convenience Store of the Year: Broadway Convenience Store, Mo’s Convenience Store, Premier Shieldhill; Multiple Beer Retailer: Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose; Independent Beer Retailer of the Year: Beer Essentials, Chester Beer & Wine, Jug & Bottle; Multiple Cider Retailer of the Year: Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose; Online/Direct Mail Retailer of the Year: Naked Wines, Virgin Wines, The Whisky Exchange; Independent Cider Retailer of the Year: Beers of Europe, Jug & Bottle; Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year: Cambridge Wine Merchants, Latitude Wine & Spirits Merchant, The Whisky Exchange; Multiple Spirits Retailer of the Year: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s; Independent Wine Retailer of the Year: Corks Out, Handford Wines, Hanging Ditch, The Vineking; Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year: Majestic, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose; Independent Drinks Retailer of the Year: Cambridge Wine Merchants, Corks Out, Latitude Wine & Spirits Merchant; Supermarket of the Year: Co-operative, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose; and High Street Chain of the Year: Adnams, Majestic.

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