Honouring the trade’s best

05 February, 2010

Leading retailers and suppliers packed London’s Dorchester Hotel for OLN’s prestigious Drinks Retailing Awards this week.

More than 300 guests were there to applaud the winners in 17 categories, including the Lifetime Achievement Award which went to former Federation of Wholesale Distributors’ chief Alan Toft, the architect of the Blueprint drinks merchandising scheme.

Majestic, Waitrose, Tesco, Booths and Sainsbury’s all won awards in the multiple retailer categories, while triumphant indies included Berry Bros & Rudd, Dolans Liquid World, Cambridge Wine Merchants, the Whisky Exchange, Corks Out, Barrica Wines and the Real Ale Corner.

Booker was named Wholesaler of the Year.

OLN editor Rosie Davenport said: “This year’s awards recognised the businesses that continue to shine in our industry through hard work and flair, despite difficult economic times.”

For a full list of winners and pictures from the night see pages 16-19




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