UK Drinks Retailing Awards announced

UK multiple retailers Morrisons, The Co-op, Waitrose, Tesco and specialist retailer Hedonism, were among the big winners at the 2019 Drinks Retailing Awards, held by Drinks Retailing News at The Dorchester hotel on Wednesday evening (February 5).

Morrisons was named Multiple Beer Retailer of the Year and Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year, and it then walked off with Supermarket of the Year.

The Co-op was named Convenience Chain of the Year and Innovative Retailer of the Year following another solid 12 months of trading.

Waitrose took home awards for Multiple Cider Retailer of the Year and Multiple Sparkling Wine and Champagne Retailer of the Year, while Asda was named Multiple Spirits Retailer of the Year.

Tesco scooped Drinks Buying Team of the Year and Retailer Promotion of the Year.

It was a double victory for Tatiana Fokina, who led London store Hedonism to Luxury Retailer of the Year and Independent Sparkling Wine and Champagne Retailer of the Year.

A number of independents were celebrated at the awards. House of the Trembling Madness took home the Independent Beer award, Pilango Cider Vault was named Independent Cider Retailer of the Year and Lea & Sandeman was named Independent Wine Retailer of the Year.

Oxford Wine Co got  Regional Chain of the Year in a competitive category that also featured Cambridge Wine Merchants, Jeroboams and Vagabond.

Gwin Llyn Wines was named Independent Drinks Retailer of the Year for its all-round offering, while Loki was named Hybrid Retailer of the Year for fusing off-trade and on-trade elements.

The Whisky Exchange won Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year in another fiercely competitive category, while Master of Malt was named Online Retailer of the Year.

Dike & Son was given the award for Convenience Store of the Year and Block & Bottle won Newcomer of the Year, while Imperial Cash & Carry took home the Wholesaler of the Year trophy.

DRN editor Martin Green said: “Retail standards have arguably never been higher when it comes to BWS and that has ensured that our readers have largely remained profitable in an era of increasing moderation among consumers.

“Analysing this broad and dynamic industry and devising a shortlist of the very best retailers in the business in each category is a mammoth task, particuarly as we received a record number of entries this year, and we have dedicated a great deal of resource to it in order to get it right. We feel our judging process is robust and therefore the shortlist is truly representative of the best in the business, said Green.

  • Drinks Retailing News is a sister publication to Drinks International.