Countdown Celebrates the Extraordinary

Countdown has announced the winners of its annual supplier awards which were held this week to recognise excellence and innovation across the New Zealand food and grocery industry.

After what has been an extraordinary year for the industry, the supplier awards were an opportunity for Countdown to celebrate the successes of their supply partners despite the challenges that have been thrown in the way.  For the first time, the awards were also broadcast through a dedicated live stream so that all Countdown’s supply partners and team could join in from across the country.

For their incredible efforts in the wake of COVID-19’s panic-buying and lockdown, ABC Tissue was recognised as Grocery Non-Foods Supplier of the Year, and CDC Pharmaceuticals received the Pharmacy, Health and Body Supplier of the Year award.

“March and April 2020 saw some of the hardest retail conditions the world has ever seen, and certainly here in New Zealand the pressure on products like toilet paper, wipes, vitamins and hand sanitiser was unparalleled," said Steve Mills, Countdown’s General Manager Merchandise and Buying.

“ABC Tissue and CDC Pharmaceuticals are fantastic examples of Kiwis working together to help make things happen, even under the most difficult circumstances,” said Mills.

Taking out the Supreme Supplier of the Year Award was DB Breweries who stood out for being a leader in innovation and collaboration.

“DB Breweries is an exceptional supply partner,” says Steve Mills. “They are committed to partnering with Countdown to achieve shared goals and priorities, and this approach has seen some fantastic joint successes over the last year including implementing Zero Zone fridges in our stores to make it easier for customers to find zero alcohol products.

“It’s critical that we take a moment out of the busy retail environment to spend time with our supply partners and acknowledge the incredible work that happens every day in our industry. We want to thank all of our partners for their ongoing dedication and support of our business."

The full list of winners is below:

Supreme Supplier of the Year

DB Breweries

The New Zealand Sustainability Award

NZ Hothouse

Integrated Supply Planner of the Year

Kerry French- Asahi

Account Manager of the Year

Carl Freimond- RB Hygeine

Small Supplier of the Year

Dad’s Pies

Produce Supplier of the Year

Southern Paprika

Bakery Supplier of the Year

Lahmajou Company Ltd

Meat & Seafood Supplier of the Year

Hellers

Perishables & Delicatessen Supplier of the Year

Dairy Works

Liquor Supplier of the Year

DB Breweries

Grocery Beverages & Snacking Supplier of the Year

Mondelez

Grocery Cooking, Baking, Breakfast & Health Supplier of the Year

Walter & Wild

Grocery Non-Food Supplier of the Year

ABC Tissue

Pharmacy, Health & Body Supplier of the Year

CDC Pharmaceuticals

FoodCo New Zealand Supplier of the Year

Speirs Foods Limited