The supreme supplier to the convenience industry this year has been named as Frucor Beverages. The company topped the list in the supplier awards made at last month’s NZ Association of Convenience Stores (NZACS) conference held in Auckland. The other finalists were Frucor Beverages and Unilever (Streets Icecream).
Frucor also took out the Best Service to Stores category from Coca-Cola Amatil and Fonterra Brands (Tip Top Icecream).
The best new product offered to the convenience trade during the year was also from Frucor, its Jono & Ben line.
The best key account manager for the past year was named as Daryl Webster of Bluebird Foods and the best category manager of the year was Briony Newton of Z Energy.
The best overall retail group title this year went to Dunedin-based Night’nDay Foodstores who now have 51 outlets nationally and growing. And the best retailer for store compliance in the past 12 months was BPConnect stores.
Bluebird Foods and Signature Marketing respectively took out the best head office large and medium supplier titles.