"Each year NZACS hosts its annual awards and scholarship night. Awards are derived from Coalface consulting face to face and online interviews with suppliers, Retail head offices, Supplier Head Offices, supplier field staff and individual retailers.

 In addition to these awards The Peter Jowett Scholarship competition has always demanded a very high standard from finalists who are required to present on a key issue facing the convenience industry. This year’s competition held at the Crowne Plaza, Auckland on 10th August did not disappoint as NZACS Members were treated to extremely entertaining and informative presentations by five fantastic finalists on the topic of future innovations within convenience retail.

The finalists were:

    • Ella Johnston - CCA
    • Regan Smale – Lion Co
    • Adam Van Dalen – BAT
    • Josh Los’e - BAT
    • James McCracken - CCA

The five Peter Jowett Scholarship finalists receiving their awards.

All five were extremely professional with many compelling ideas presented, but the clear winner as voted for by NZACS members was James McCracken from CCA.

James was followed by Adam Van Dalen from BAT who was voted runner up in the competition. James and Adam will now both head to Chicago next month to the NACS show; 400,000 sq ft of the latest convenience retail products showcased at the industry’s premier event. The NACS show attracts more than 23,500 industry stakeholders from around the world. As winners of the scholarship, James and Adam will be are tasked with reporting back on the show including further future innovations from the ‘cool new products’ room. James and Adam will then both be invited by the NZACS committee to present their findings at the Leader’s Summit on 9th November in Auckland.

Chicago scholarship winners Adam Van Dalen & James McCracken

L to R Dave Hooker Chairman NZACS, Adam Van Dalen (BAT), James McCracken (CCA) ,Peter Glass NZACS Vice Chairman


The annual NZACS Industry Awards were also presented on 10th August. The committee was delighted with the quality of the finalists for each category and is are pleased to announce this year’s winners:

Best Overall Service to Store:                                       Frucor Suntory

Best Management of Administration to Stores:    PepsiCo Bluebird

Best Delivery Service to Stores:                                   Coca Cola Amatil NZ

Best Head Office Support – Large Supplier              Frucor Suntory

Best Head Office Support – Medium Supplier         The Wrigley Company

Best Retail Group for Store Compliance                    BP Connect

Best Overall Retail Group                                               Fix Retail Programme stores

Supreme Supplier Award                                               Frucor Suntory

Best New Product Launch 2016                                               V Pure

Best Key Account Manager 2017                                 Scott Cossey - Mars

Congratulations to all the very deserving winners.

BELOW: Daryl Webster from Frucor Suntory acknowledges support of both customers and their head office team after winning “Best overall service to store”

BELOW: John Alexander – senior brand manager for Energy at Frucor receiving the award for Best New Product Launch 2016 for V Pure


BELOW: Scott Cossey from Mars – winner of the 2017 best key account manager and Sophie Whittington  from the Wrigley Company receiving the award for Best Head Office Support – Medium Supplier


BELOW: Scott Bell from the Number8 group accepting the award for Best Overall Retail Group on behalf of Fix Retail Programme Stores

As well as the excitement of the Peter Jowett Scholarship competition and Industry awards, NZACS Members also enjoyed a delicious four course dinner and some fine wines followed by an inspirational after dinner speech by Mike Allsop - Everest Mountaineer, Marathon Runner, Pilot and all round great Kiwi bloke.

The Peter Jowett & Industry Awards 2017 once again proved to be a successful vehicle for acknowledging the talent within the convenience industry and providing its Members with well-deserved recognition for their hard work and innovation over the last year.

Congratulations to all our winners and finalists and we look forward to seeing you all at next year’s event.

For a full image library from this year’s event

Events Update

AACS Study Tour May 31st                                 Melbourne Australia                          AACS Event

SOI Breakfast       - June 15th                               Auckland                                                   NZACS Event

PJ Awards              - August 10th                          Auckland                                                   NZACS Event

C&I Expo                - August 23rd                        Sydney Australia                                  AACS Event

Have a look at the Expo review here

NZACS members are eligible to attend all of the functions below

NACS Show           - October 16th                       Chicago USA                          NACS Event           (NZ Scholarship)

Leaders’ Summit- November 9th                  Auckland                                 NZACS Event

Registrations for the Leaders’ summit will open shortly – this promises to be an enlightening and motivating afternoon and evening.

-Dave Hooker, NZACS