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:
Multiple Beer Retailer of the Year
Multiple Champagne Retailer of the Year
Multiple Cider Retailer of the Year
Multiple Spirits Retailer of the Year
Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year
Drinks Buying Team of the Year
Innovative Retailer of the Year
Best Retailer Promotion of the Year
Spar Wine Festival
Corporate Responsibility Retailer of the Year
Supermarket of the Year
Multiple Specialist Retailer of the Year
Convenience Drinks Retailer of the Year
Independent Beer Retailer of the Year
Independent Champagne Retailer of the Year
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
Newcomer of the Year
Carnegie Whisky Cellars
Small Chain of the Year
Luxury Retailer of the Year
Online Retailer of the Year
Virgin Wines / The Whisky Exchange (joint winners)
Drinks Wholesaler of the Year