This week Countdown’s team has celebrated its annual trade show, supplier update and announced their annual awards winners. The annual event is a chance for the team to get together and learn about upcoming products and initiatives, network and meet suppliers, as well as visit the trade expo to sample the latest products about to hit stores.

Scott Davidson, Countdown’s general manager merchandise, said this year’s trade show has been a huge success and was a great opportunity to meet with suppliers and congratulate excellence within the industry.

“It’s great to take a moment out to meet and talk with suppliers about how we can work even closer and bring even more value to our customers,” said Davidson.  “We’ve got some exciting plans in place as we head into the busiest time of the year and it’s important that we recognise and reward excellence within our business.”

The complete list of winners is below:

Supreme Winner of the Year

Patoa Farms

Patoa Farms is a long-term supplier to Countdown and has been integral in supplying free farmed pork to our Kiwi customers.  Steve Sterne and the Patoa Farms team are collaborative, flexible, responsive to the market, and the changing needs of our customers.

Store Manager of the Year

Tanya Lawrence, Countdown Dinsdale

Countdown Category Manager of the Year

Nogo Falanitule, Liquor

Checkout Operator of the Year

Morsal Darwesh, Countdown Northlands

Online Personal Shopper of the Year

Kim Nicol, Countdown Bethlehem

Online Driver of the Year

Shakti Naravan, Countdown Grey Lynn

Forklift Driver of the Year

Shane Mohi, Palmerston North DC

Truck Driver of the Year

Aaron Mora, Halls Group Ltd

Produce Manager of the Year

Harvinder Singh

Produce Supplier of the Year

A. S. Wilcox

Fresh Meat & Seafood Supplier of the Year

Patoa Farms

Perishables & Delicatessen Supplier of the Year

Frucor Suntory

Bakery Supplier of the Year

George Weston Foods

Grocery – Cooking & Baking Supplier of the Year

Hutchinson Newco

Grocery – Breakfast & Snacking Supplier of the Year


Grocery – Beverages Supplier of the Year


Liquor Supplier of the Year

Villa Maria

Grocery Non-Food & General Merchandise Supplier of the Year


Own Brand Supplier of the Year

Mauri ANZ

New Product Development of the Year

Real Foods, for Remedy Kombucha

Account Manager of the Year 2018

Wade Knowles, NZ Bakels

Integrated Supplier Planner of the Year

Sarah Banbury, Kimberly Clark