Waitrose scoops IGD Retailer of the Year Award and President’s Cup

Leading figures from the food and grocery industry last night toasted their successes of the last 12 months at the annual IGD Awards ceremony in London.

The IGD Awards were attended by nearly 600 people and celebrated business excellence, people development, sustainability and individual success in the grocery industry.

Commenting on the IGD Awards, Nick Downing, commercial director at IGD, said: “Since 1991 the IGD Awards have celebrated the achievements of over 540 winners across the food and grocery industry. Every year the entries somehow manage to top the last with this year being no exception, raising the bar even higher. Yet again we received a very large number of entries from companies of all sizes, demonstrating the innovative, high-quality work taking place across our industry.

“Our industry continues to face some challenging times, yet never fails to impress with inventive ways to keep surprising and delighting shoppers with fresh ideas and great service. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.”

The majority of IGD Award winners were selected by judges from across the food and grocery supply chain, with the exception of three shopper-voted categories, voted entirely independently by British shoppers through IGD’s ShopperVista service – the drumbeat of the British grocery shopper. They were announced at last night’s glittering ceremony, which was hosted by newscaster and presenter Katie Derham.

Winners of the IGD Awards and sponsors

  • The IGD Leading Edge Award was won by Kate Vlietstra, Dairy Crest
  • The IGD Employability Award was won by Thatchers
  • The IGD John Sainsbury’s Learning and Development Award, sponsored by Sainsbury’s, was won by Greencore
  • The IGD Health and Wellness Award was won by The Walt Disney Company
  • The IGD Sustainable Futures Award, sponsored by Pladis, was won by East of England Co-op
  • The IGD Supply Chain Excellence Award, sponsored by Newton, was won by Heineken
  • The IGD Digital Commerce Award sponsored by E Fundamentals, was won by Ubamarket.com
  • The IGD Small Business Award, sponsored by Co-op, was won by Childs Farm
  • The IGD Business Transformation Award, sponsored by KPMG, was won by KP Snacks
  • The IGD Small Store of the Year Award, sponsored by ESM, was won by Fresh: The Good Food Market’s Camden Street store
  • The IGD Store of the Year Award, sponsored by McCurrach was won by Alibaba’s Hema, China
  • The IGD Shopper Insight Award, was won by Musgrave
  • The IGD Shopper Activation Excellence Award, sponsored by Savvy, was won by Nestlé
  • The IGD Employee Wellbeing Award was won by Mondelēz International
  • The IGD Food-to-Go Operator of the Year, sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners, was won by Subway
  • The IGD Online Retailer of the Year Award was won by Ocado
  • The IGD Retailer of the Year Award was won by Waitrose
  • The Grocer Cup was won by Andrew Selley, Bidfood
  • The IGD Lifetime Achievement Award was won by Eddie Power
  • The IGD President’s Cup was won by John Lewis with Waitrose