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Sponsoring Supermarket of the Year
Sponsoring Independent Drinks Retailer of the Year
Life in our business has never been so tough says our off-trade sales director Jon Whittle. And with 30 years in the business under his belt he should know. He also realises that the people really up at the sharp end are the independent retailers where everyday is like steering a small boat through a storm. The wonderful thing is, says Whittle, is that so many of them are doing it so well often pioneering initiatives that will be taken up by the rest of the business, and that is why Budvar UK is so chipper about once again sponsoring the Independent Drinks Retailer of the Year category.
We flatter ourselves that at Budvar we are the ideal choice for this sponsorship if only because we are the only independent Czech brewer left on the world stage and however tough the going we are still out there ploughing our own furrow whatever the economic weather. That means we know what it's like for the independent retailer. One thing we at Budvar have proved time and again is if you're good whatever the weather you are going to make it and that's what we are celebrating at these awards.
Sponsoring Multiple Beer Retailer of the Year
Carlsberg UK is the best performing of the UK's four largest brewers. Sales in the in the Take Home sector were ahead of the market over the past year, showing value growth of 5.4%, and market-leading volume growth of 2.3%.
Our brewery in Northampton is one of the most modern brewing and packing facilities in the country and we have a network of distribution depots across the country. Carlsberg continues to invest in improving capacity and efficiency to make sure we can continue to provide a dedicated and committed service to our customers.
At Carlsberg UK we pride ourselves on the range and variety of products we offer to our customers, with a combined portfolio of products appealing to every sector of the market
- Carlsberg - A Top 3 standard lager in Total Take Home, and the only one to be growing YoY within Impulse
- Carlsberg Export - A Top 3 premium lager in Total Take Home -
- Carlsberg Special Brew - The number one super strength lager in Total Take Home
- Tetley's Original - the number one standard non draught ale in Total Take Home
- Tetley's Smoothflow - the number 3 standard draught ale in Total Take Home
- Holsten Pils - A Top 10 Premium lager, with strong consumer loyalty
- Holsten Alcohol Free - brewed with the quality of a Holsten Beer, but with all the alcohol removed after the brewing process
- San Miguel - the number one World Beer in Total Take Home
- Mahou - Spain's no. 1 beer brand
- Skol - the number one Commodity Lager in independents
- Skol Super - The number 2 Super Strength lager in Independents
- Tuborg - the number three World Beer in Total Take Home
- Staropramen - The iconic premium Czech lager
Source: AC Nielsen Beer Market to 11th June 2011
Sponsoring Small Chain of the Year
Codorníu Raventós is one of the word's oldest family-owned businesses. Based in Barcelona, the Codorníu family started making wine in 1551 and in 1872 were the first winery to produce sparkling wine by the traditional method - later known as Cava.
Today the group has the largest vineyard holding in Spain and owns 9 wineries across Spain, Argentina and the US. Codorníu Raventós also sells award-winning New Zealand wine Invivo and Australian wine brand Thorn-Clarke in the UK.
Codorníu Raventós is delighted to be the sponsor of the Small Chain of the Year Category. Offering a range of wines exclusive to the independent sector as well as a comprehensive support programme, we have always championed independent retailers and place great importance on supporting this sector.
Our brands include:
Codorníu DO Cava
Bach DO Cava
Viña Pomal DoC Rioja
Scala Dei DoC Priorat
Legaris DO Ribera del Duero/DO Rueda
Nuviana/Veranza IGP Valle del Cinca
Invivo New Zealand
Sponsoring Green / Ethical Retailer of the Year
Free Run Wines
Proud sponsors of Champagne Retailer of the Year for the fourth year running
But we don't just do Champagne...
Flexible, pro-active, innovative - all aspects any good wine supplier should aim to be, and we do. So how do we stand out? Well to start with we're a close-knit team so we know exactly what is going on in every element of the business. This means that from sales, to product development, to logistics we know precisely what is happening at every stage from concept to consumer. We excel within our specialist wine regions such as France, New Zealand and Chile, but we're always on the lookout for new opportunities and we're never afraid of a challenge.
With a strong list of brands and suppliers, we have also developed our own premium wine ranges including Champagne and still wines from some of the classic wine regions. We are completely focused on delivering the very best service to our key customers - the major supermarkets, wholesalers, high street retailers and the on-trade.
A snapshot of our key brands & suppliers include:
- Champagne Charles Mignon
- Selaks Wines
- Les Calades
- Champagne Paul Laurent
- Les Vignerons de Buzet
- Couleurs d'Aquitaine
- Chateau de Jau
- Cellier des Princes
- Domaines Montariol-DeGroote
Sponsoring Independents Spirits Retailer of the Year
Gabriel Boudier is a family-owned micro-distiller based in Dijon, the traditional home of French fruit liqueurs. Their range is based on fresh ingredients, without the use of concentrates or essences, and they have innovated with the use of frozen fruit, so that fresh liqueurs can be produced throughout the year, and ingredients from distant sources can be in perfect condition.
In the UK's leading bars, bartenders are changing to Gabriel Boudier with a general comment that the fresh intensity of these spirits allows them to use a smaller measure of liqueur in their cocktails while gaining more flavour; this same passion for quality is now generating success among the leading wine and spirit merchants.
In 2015 Jean Battault, president of Gabriel Boudier, will host a series of regional masterclasses around the UK to explain in detail through comparative tasting why these liqueurs are so stunning, and have won two consecutive Supreme Champion awards at the International Spirit Challenge.
Sponsoring Online Retailer of the Year
Multi Gold Award-winning Glengoyne is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world and has been distilled at Glengoyne distillery since 1833. The Glengoyne portfolio consists of the 10 Years Old, 12 Years Old, 12 Years Old Cask Strength, 17 Years Old , 21 Years Old and Vintage 1972 as well as other limited edition special bottlings.
Glengoyne Distillery, Scotland's most southerly Highland distillery, is situated in a wooded glen, just 30 minutes from Glasgow, at the start of the stunning West Highland Way and looking out over the Trossachs and Loch Lomond.
Glengoyne Highland Single Malt is distilled slower than any other Scotch whisky. Its high quality and smooth taste is attributed to this slow distillation, which is about one third the normal rate. SLOWLY distilling the spirit allows more contact with our copper pot stills, encouraging the formation of esters which creates Glengoyne's distinctive apple fruitiness.
The same traditional methods and basic ingredients have been used for over 175 years at Glengoyne distillery, handcrafted over the generations. Glengoyne uses only air-dried malted barley, rather than barley dried using harsh peat smoke, allowing the flavours to freely express themselves, the real taste of malt, without being overwhelmed and giving Glengoyne its fresh, subtle taste.
The final character of this unique single malt comes from the specially selected Spanish and American oak casks, seasoned with sherry in Spain. Glengoyne slowly extracts many unique flavours during the ten years or more in which it is maturing in the distillery's traditional dark airy dunnage warehouses. The milder climate of the southern Highlands also affects the maturing whisky over time, resulting in the smoother, lighter, yet complex taste that is firmly associated with Glengoyne.
Only the SLOWEST distillation process, untainted by peat smoke creates Glengoyne.
For more information on Glengoyne visit: www.glengoyne.com
For further details on stocking Glengoyne, please contact Neil Boyd , UK Commercial Director and Alan Wardrop, UK Sales Manager, Ian Macleod Distillers, 01506 852205.
The best way to appreciate the quality of Glengoyne is to drink it SLOWLY. Sit back, relax and savour the subtle flavours. Glengoyne should never be rushed. Always drink responsibly.
As the UK's best-selling wine brand, Hardys is delighted to be working with the Drinks Retailing Awards. Drawing on a proud heritage of winemaking, Hardys has consolidated its position as the leading wine brand in the UK by working in partnership with its customers, and therefore proudly sponsors the Multiple Retailer category.
As a multi award-winning wine brand, Hardys is well-known and trusted by the UK's wine drinkers. Earlier this year Hardys announced its partnership as the Official Wine of England Cricket, a three-year deal that secures extensive exposure for the wines to a wide audience of cricket followers. As the nation's favourite summer sport, choosing cricket, for Hardys, was a natural choice.
Throughout 160 years of winemaking history, Hardys has built a tradition of great endeavour in winemaking. A succession of winemakers have followed in the footsteps of Hardys' founder, Thomas Hardy, whose vision was ‘to produce wines which will be prized in the markets of the world' by showing outstanding innovation and resourcefulness, directed at making wines of quality and character.
i heart wines
Sponsoring Specialist Multiple Retailer of the Year
Established in 2005 Copestick Murray is now one of the leading UK Wine Agency Businesses. Together with its sister company Cornerstone, turnover for 2012/13 will exceed £25,000,000. Exciting agencies such as Vintae, Overhex, Vina Casablanca, Bodegas Paniza, Matahiwi and Follador are complimented by joint ventures in California, Australia and Romania. Additionally Copestick Murray has now become a brand owner and creator. Its own I heart brand is already experiencing national and international success.
As well as a fantastic supply base much of Copestick Murray's can also boast a loyal and diverse customer base. It has numerous listings with many of the leading UK supermarkets, multiple specialists, national brewers, wholesalers, independent retailers, e commerce sites and premium restaurants.
There is a loyal and talented team behind the success and there will be more exciting developments to come.
Watch this space.
International Brands Ltd
Makulu Wines and Broadleaf...Real Discovery
Sponsoring Convenience Store of the Year
MAKULU wines from South Africa are affordable, carefully crafted wines made by winemaker Theunis van Zyl especially for the UK and other European markets. IBL Wines are partners in the 100% sustainable Imbuko Winery which creates the MAKULU range.
An established name which rebranded in attractive contemporary livery earlier this year, MAKULU has managed to stay true to its aim of offering excellent wines at affordable prices.
We are proud to supply multiple and independent stores as part of our retail portfolio. Convenience stores play an important role in our area of business and we commend all the entrants to this year's Convenience Store of the Year Awards.
The winery prides itself on its sustainable farming methods and its ethical employment policies. Sales of MAKULU wines go towards supporting the winery's crèche and education centre, which benefits the children of those who work to produce and distribute the wines.
Over the years, we have continued to invest in the UK market to build an appealing, brand that delivers outstanding consumer value yet strong margins for our customers. In addition to the re-launch of our brand in 2012 we have introduced an additional range called Winemaker's Blend enabling us to broaden our spectrum with this even more affordable introductory range in addition to our varietals.
We are proud of our success and feel well placed to support those retailers selling our products by sponsoring this prestigious award in retail excellence - DRA CONVENIENCE STORE OF THE YEAR. We wish all entrants the best of luck.
*MAKULU PINOTAGE * MAKULU Winemaker's Blend WHITE
*MAKULU CHARDONNAY * MAKULU Winemaker's Blend RED
*MAKULU SHIRAZ * MAKULU Winemaker's Blend ROSE
*MAKULU CHENIN BLANC
*MAKULU PINOTAGE ROSE
*MAKULU SAUVIGNON BLANC - new
For further details on stocking MAKULU, please contact Paul Hinks, Retail Sales Director on 0208 6834565/4345
Sponsoring Multiple Cider Retailer of the Year
Cider is a way of life in Sweden, in fact, it is believed Scandinavia is the original home of cider. In 1882, 36 local brewers in the Swedish town of Kopparberg amalgamated to form Kopparberg's Bryggeri AB. Today the company is led by the Brothers Peter and Dan-Anders Bronsman, while production itself takes place under the strict supervision of our Brew Master Wolfgang and his apprentices - sons Raynhardt and Rickhard. Like all Swedes, they believe in the virtues of simplicity and uncomplicatedness and this is reflected in the cider of which they're so proud.
We're delighted to be sponsoring the Multiple Cider Retailer of the Year at the OLN Awards. Good luck to all the nominees.
Sponsoring Independent Beer Retailer of the Year
Marston's are the UK's largest brewer of British Bottled Ale and with five regional breweries covering six brand families our range of premium beer offers an Ale Trail of Britain that covers a range of exceptional beer styles and flavours.
Our two core brands; Hobgoblin and Marston's Pedigree have driven the British Bottled Ale category for the past two years, and supported with a range of innovative new beers and packs, will continue to deliver profitable growth for our customers in the future.
We would like to thank all of our retail partners for your on-going support and hope that you have a successful and enjoyable night.
Sponsoring Drinks Wholesaler of the Year
Maxxium is one of the country's most dynamic and innovative spirits companies, passionate about creating quality mixed drinks and cocktails. We are a leading sales and marketing, consumer-led business managing a portfolio of iconic brands including The Famous Grouse, The Macallan, Jim Beam, Sourz and Courvoisier.
At the heart of our business is a commitment to building brands in partnership with our customers. This is an unswerving commitment, delivered through the respect, passion and dynamism which pervades the organisation at every level.
We believe relationships with customers are about more than merely distribution and logistics. Deep-rooted relationships have been built by adding value, providing marketing intelligence and helping maximise profitability.
Our customer and consumer insight teams identify trends before they emerge, ensuring our marketing and sales teams deliver the best possible service to our customers. We believe the calibre of our portfolio and the professionalism of our team speaks volumes about our brand-building expertise.
We are delighted to be sponsoring The Wholesaler of the Year award as they provide such a crucial service to all of our on and off trade customers. We wish all of the entrants the very best of luck.
Old Speckled Hen
Sponsoring Drinks Buying Team of the Year
Greene King is a heritage brewer, crafting quality beers at the Westgate Brewery in Bury St Edmunds since 1799 and at Belhaven in Dunbar, Scotland since 1719. With a broad portfolio of well-known, much-loved beers we provide retailers with a combination of trusted and quality brands as well as exciting new products and seasonal ales to keep the consumer engaged in the category.
As the Britain's number one premium ale brewer, our exciting range includes the nation's favourite premium ale, Old Speckled Hen; Greene King IPA; Belhaven Best and Abbot Ale as well as award-winning heritage brands such as Old Bob, Abbot Reserve, Old Crafty Hen, St Edmunds and Olde Trip - there's something for everyone.
Greene King is once again sponsoring the Drinks Retailing Awards and specifically the Drinks Buying Team of the Year category, rewarding retailers for their passion and dedication to the drinks industry.
Providing beer-lovers with a choice of a wide variety of quality, great-tasting ales is at the forefront of our business. We invest heavily in our brands, including TV support and are continually working with retailers to respond to customer requirements and innovate with new beers and formats.
Sponsoring Innovation of the Year
William Grant & Sons
Sponsoring Multiple Spirits Retailer of the Year