Drinks Retailing Awards 2018: winners announced

The UK’s leading supermarkets, multiple specialists, independent stores and ecommerce sites were honoured at the 2018 Drinks Retailing Awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday evening.

The DRAs are the drinks trade’s biggest annual highlight, bringing together the leading lights in retail and rewarding the greatest innovators. Competition was fierce as the awards received a record number of entries, but a rigorous judging process eventually named 24 overall winners.

Waitrose was among the big winners as it walked off with Supermarket of the Year, Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year and Multiple Spirits Retailer of the Year. It has continued to grow sales in a competitive market by hunting out a wonderful array of interesting drinks that spark excitement among its shoppers.

There were further awards for Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, while Majestic claimed the Multiple Specialist of the Year award after enjoying a strong turnaround in fortunes in the past year.

Virgin Wines and The Whisky Exchange were both named winners in the Online Retailer of the Year award as judges ultimately could not split these successful but different retailers.

Spar was rewarded for its in-store wine festivals and Costcutter in Kielty was named Convenience Store of the Year.

Hedonism, Selfridges and The Whisky Exchange were among the large independent retailers to emerge successful, along with indies spanning the length and breadth of the country.

The drinks retailing sector is enjoying strong growth and contributes billions of pounds to the UK economy each year, and the retailers proved what a buoyant, dynamic sector their fantastic approaches to buying, ranging, education and customer service.

The winners displayed fantastic levels of flair, dynamism and diligence to thrive in a challenging market.

Here is the full list of winners:

Category

Store Name

Multiple Beer Retailer of the Year

Morrisons

Multiple Champagne Retailer of the Year

Tesco

Multiple Cider Retailer of the Year

Morrisons

Multiple Spirits Retailer of the Year

Waitrose

Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year

Waitrose

Drinks Buying Team of the Year

Co-op

Innovative Retailer of the Year

Asda

Best Retailer Promotion of the Year

Spar Wine Festival

Corporate Responsibility Retailer of the Year

Sainsbury’s

Supermarket of the Year

Waitrose

Multiple Specialist Retailer of the Year

Majestic

Convenience Drinks Retailer of the Year

Costcutter Kielty

Independent Beer Retailer of the Year

Hop Hideout

Independent Champagne Retailer of the Year

Selfridges

Independent Cider Retailer of the Year

Bristol Cider Shop

Independent Drinks Retailer of the Year

Borough Wines & Beers

Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year

The Whisky Exchange

Independent Wine Retailer of the Year

Vino Vero

Newcomer of the Year

Carnegie Whisky Cellars

Small Chain of the Year

Jeroboams

Luxury Retailer of the Year

Hedonism Wines

Online Retailer of the Year

Virgin Wines / The Whisky Exchange (joint winners)

Drinks Wholesaler of the Year

HT Drinks

Lifetime Achievement

David Cox

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