Tesco triumphs at Drinks Retailing Awards
Tesco was a clear winner at last night's Drinks Retailing Awards, picking up five of the 17 awards.
The supermarket chain was voted best multiple wine retailer, best supermarket and online/direct sales retailer of the year at the ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel.
Judges also gave the best customer magazine/website of the year award to the chain for its Wine Club magazine and website and awarded staff in the beers wines and spirits division the drinks buying team of the year title.
Tesco head of BWS Dan Jago praised his 25-strong team for their “incredible hard work”. He said: “To win one or two awards would have been fantastic but to have five across such a broad area is amazing.
"It does go to show helping customers understand the proposition better pays off. We’re facing a much tougher environment in terms of customer spend and you’ve got to offer customers great value and there’s an opportunity to encourage them to understand what value means.”
Co-op's wine development manager, Paul Bastard received a standing ovation after being given the lifetime achievement award.
Bastard, who joined the Co-op in 1989 as beer, wine and spirits buyer was recognised for his work at the Co-op and his contribution to the wine trade.
The awards, now in their seventh year, aim to recognise and commend excellence in drinks retailing and are open to everyone, from small independents to the major multiples.
The winners were:
Innovation of the year: Barrels & Bottles' School of Food, Wine & Dining
Best customer magazine/website of the year: Tesco Wine Club magazine & website
Online/direct sales retailer of the year: Tesco
Drinks wholesaler of the year: Booker
Drinks buying team of the year: Tesco
Award for sales excellence: Chris Riley, retail manager, Rodney Densem Wines
Independent beer retailer of the year: Scatchards of Chester
Multiple beer retailer of the year: Waitrose
Independent spirits retailer of the year: Gordon & MacPhail
Multiple spirits retailer of the year: Booths
Independent wine retailer of the year: Cellar Door Wines
Multiple wine retailer of the year: Tesco
Convenience store of the year: Bargain Booze Select Convenience, Oswaldtwistle
Community off-licence of the year: Rock Bottom
Supermarket of the year: Tesco
High street chain of the year: Majestic
Lifetime achievement award: Paul Bastard
Photos from the 2008 Drinks Retailing Awards are available to purchase online. Visit www.roblawson.com and enter the password 2008 when prompted.