Countdown’s team celebrated its annual Trade Show, Supplier Update and announced their Annual Awards winners last week.

The annual event is a chance for 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, says 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,” says Scott 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 New co

Grocery – Breakfast & Snacking Supplier of the Year
Nestle

Grocery – Beverages Supplier of the Year
Coca Cola

Liquor Supplier of the Year
Villa Maria

Grocery Non Food & General Merchandise Supplier of the Year
Unilever

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

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