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Retail awards chosen by you

As 2019 draws to a close, we invite you to have your say on which suppliers have gone above and beyond for the convenience sector this year.

As well as acknowledging the good work of the best suppliers and wholesalers, voting in the awards also helps us paint a picture for other retailers of where to turn for their needs.

This year, for example, we’re introducing a new category for supplier website of the year, looking at who has the best online platform for retailer engagement.

The results of this vote will undoubtedly help others make decisions on where they can go for the crucial information for their stores. The other eight categories cover established key issues for independents, from the product launches to the symbol groups of the year. Again, as well as rewarding the best of the best, the votes will help other retailers learn where the strongest opportunities lie for their businesses.

Below you can find the nominations for each of the nine categories. Make your voice heard today! Voting closes on 10 December.

Ad campaign of the year

New products are one thing, but support from an ad campaign is key to driving sales and awareness. Which of these really stood out for you?

‘i Blu do you?’ by Blu

‘Where everyone plays’ by Coca-Cola

‘Original by tradition’ by The Glenlivet

‘Made to move’ by Lucozade Ribena Suntory

‘Let’s talk’ by Pladis

Newsstand performer of the year

News and mags are still pivotal to many independents and newsagents, and these five have helped retailers get the most from the category

Daily Mail

Fun to Learn Favourites

News UK



Launch of the year

A strong product launch can really benefit independent convenience stores – which do you think was the most important in 2019?

Beefeater Blood Orange

Costa Canned Coffee

Cadbury Freddo Treasures


KitKat Ruby

Logic Epiq

Lucozade Watermelon & Strawberry Cooler

Orange Twirl

Ribena Frusion

Vape Dinner Lady Disposables

Profit driver of the year

For independents, a strong point of difference is key to making a success of their business. Which of these five profit drivers do you think is having the biggest impact?

Chicago Town Pizza Stand

Delice de France Bakery



Tango Ice Blast

Salesforce of the year

Much has been written in betterRetailing this year about the decline of rep visits in independent stores. Here, we recognise five of the companies who are still investing

Coca-Cola European Partners



Lucozade Ribena Suntory


Symbol group of the year

Symbol groups are doing more than ever, helping retailers with everything from customer data to store layouts. These five regularly go above and beyond




One Stop


Trend of the year

Getting ahead of the trends is the key to being a successful retailer, but which trend mattered most in 2019?


Delivery apps

Food-to-go concessions

Slush drinks

Vaping and e-cigarettes

Website of the year

As the world goes digital, and rep visits decline, supplier websites have become crucial platforms for independents to get category advice and insight – but which company’s site is the best?

The National Lottery Retailer Hub by Camelot

Your Perfect Store by Ferrero

JTI Advance

Mondelez Delicious Display

News Retail Plus by News UK

Wholesale partner of the year

Roles and expectations of wholesalers have changed massively, but who has done the best job of meeting those challenges?


Cotswold Fayre



Rayburn Trading