Independent Cider Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Aston Manor Cider
Aston Manor Cider is the UK’s largest independent cidermaker. Dedicated exclusively to producing cider, Aston Manor has a broad portfolio covering every occasion and every consumer.
Spanning the breadth of the cider category, the products range from mainstream ciders like Kingstone Press, Crumpton Oaks and Frosty Jack’s to award-winning, premium ciders, Knights and Friels First Press Vintage.
Aston Manor also produces an extensive range of retailer exclusive and own-label cider brands for many of the UK’s leading retailers.
The cider maker regularly wins awards for product quality, support for customers and business performance. It won six medals at the International Cider Challenge 2016 including gold for its craft cider, Friels First Press Vintage.
Independent Beer Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Budweiser Budvar
Founded in 1895 in České Budějovice (or Budweis, to use the German name) in the southern Czech Republic, Budweiser Budvar brewery is known as one of the pre-eminent centres of lager brewing in the world with beer writer Adrian Tierney Jones describing a visit to its cellars as “the closest thing to a religious experience”.
Celebrated as one of Europe’s last true lagers, Budvar continue to use some of the most premium ingredients to achieve the perfectly balanced taste of Budvar Original including whole cone Saaz hops, carefully chosen Moravian Malts and natural soft water combined with a maturation time nearly 7 times longer than most brewers.
As a fiercely independent brewery, Budweiser Budvar are proud to sponsor “Independent Drinks Retailer of the Year” and to continue to support the Drinks Retailing Awards.
Multiple Beer Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Carlsberg
Carlsberg UK is one of the countrys largest beer and beverage companies and our vision is to be the best in the UK by delighting our customers through great service and great brands. We continually strive to put our customers and consumers at the heart of everything we do.
We produce and sell some of the UK’s best known and most loved brands including Carlsberg, Carlsberg Export, Tetleys, San Miguel, Mahou and Brooklyn.
We are proud to support the Drinks Retailing Awards and work with customers to grow their business.
Online Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Glengoyne
Independent Wine Retailer of the Year - Sponsored by Hatch Mansfield
As an independent business Hatch Mansfield is an advocate of the independently minded. Established in 1994 we are UK specialists in premium wine made by independent, family- owned wine companies.
With charismatic personalities heading up all of our 15 award winning wine producers, each owns a significant vineyard base, first-class winemaking facilities and cellars giving them quality control from grape to bottle. They all have a rich story to tell about heritage, provenance and authenticity and their impressive international distribution gives them enviable consumer recognition. With our 'can do approach' in the UK together we strive to provide a unique combination for our customers.
Multiple Specialist Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by i heart wines
Established in 2005, Copestick Murray manages a wide portfolio of branded wines, spirits, and mixers, as well as managing large private label supply agreements. We boast a diverse customer base ranging from leading supermarkets and national specialist chains to independent retailers, national on-trade, wholesalers, and restaurants and private clients.
Working closely with suppliers and customers we develop high-quality products and brands with innovative and impactful designs. In 2011, Copestick Murray identified a consumer need and devised and launched i heart wines – a great tasting, reasonably priced range of wines that are easy for the consumer to shop. A top 20 wine brand, i heart wines’ success has been extremely impressive.
Multiple Cider Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Kopparberg
Built back in 1882, the Kopparberg Bryggeri, with its traditional red timber falu walls, remains independent and is owned by the Bronsman family. The brewery is the home of our uniquely refreshing fruit cider and fruit lager. A pioneer in premium fruit refreshment, Kopparberg was the first fruit cider in the UK and is today the bestselling fruit cider brand in the UK. Every drop of Kopparberg is imported from Kopparberg town, Sweden
Drinks Wholesaler of the Year – Sponsored by Marston's Beer Company
Brewers of the legendary Hobgoblin, Pedigree, Wainwright, McEwans and Bombardier, Marston’s are the UK’s leading brewer of bottled ales, operating six breweries, producing over 70 of the country's best loved ales at our sites in: Burton on Trent (Marston’s), Oxfordshire (Wychwood & Brakspear), Cumbria (Jennings), Hampshire (Ringwood), Bedford (Eagle) and the West Midlands (Banks’s).
We also manage Estrella Damm, Erdinger, Shipyard, Warsteiner, Kirin and Founders in the UK, giving us an unrivalled portfolio of ales and premium world beers.
As sponsors of the Drinks Wholesaler of the Year category, Marston’s are proud to be supporting these awards and share in our passion for growing our customers business.
Supermarket of the Year – Sponsored by Shepherd Name
Britain’s oldest brewer, the independent family business is based in Faversham, Kent. The company brews the best-selling traditional Kentish ales Spitfire and Bishops Finger, plus modern beers such as the Whitstable Bay Collection. In 2017 Shepherd Neame restored its Victorian brewhouse, which included the installation of new mash tuns. It also launched Cinque Premium Lager, a five grain brew, plus its first cider, Orchard View.
Current chief executive, Jonathan Neame is the fifth generation of his family to lead the business and the company operates 335 pubs and hotels across the south east.
Convenience Drinks Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Thatchers Cider Company
We are a family run cidermaker with our home in Sandford, Somerset. Our ciders, all full of natural apple character, are crafted here at Myrtle Farm. Pride in our heritage– we’ve been making cider for four generations - is at the heart of everything we do. Our knowledge and passion for apples is reflected in our ciders: authentic, full of flavour and with a distinct character that reflects Somerset cidermaking at its best.
We craft a range of ciders – including Thatchers Gold, Thatchers Haze, Thatchers Vintage and Thatchers Katy, but whichever you choose, you can be sure they have all been made with the same care, attention and hands-on experience.
Best Retailer Promotion of the Year – Sponsored by Warner Edwards
Motivated by a passion for nature and a love of the land and all it gives us, husband and wife team Tom & Tina Warner had one ambition; to save the world from mediocre gin by creating an epic product that was farm-made and steeped in authenticity.
All of our gins are hand-crafted on Falls Farm in Northamptonshire using our pure natural spring water and using hedgerow botanicals and herbs from our garden wherever possible. We take inspiration from the landscape on the farm to create our award winning gins Harrington Dry, Victoria’s Rhubarb, Elderflower, Sloe, Melissa Lemon Balm and our latest edition Honeybee.
At Warner Edwards, we are not focused on being the biggest, it’s about being the world’s best while nurturing the nature around us and giving back to the environment which gives us so much. Our bottles are not only filled with gin, they are filled with our passion, heart and soul. Crafted with Nature on Falls Farm.
Multiple Spirits Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by William Grant & Sons
William Grant & Sons UK is a leader in the UK spirits industry with a portfolio of premium and iconic brands. Founded in 1887, we are a fifth generation family-owned company with a passion and commitment to creating and building acclaimed brands of unrivalled quality for the long term.
Within our portfolio we’re proud to count our own William Grant & Sons spirits, including Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, The Balvenie, Grant’s, Hendrick’s Gin,Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Three Barrels brandy.
We also successfully represent brands owned by other premium drinks businesses including Roust’s Russian Standard Vodka and Zubrowka, Illva Saronno’s Disaronno and Tia Maria, EPI's Piper-Heidsieck, and De Kuyper Cocktail Liqueurs.
Sponsoring an award category at the Drinks Retailing Awards gives huge prominence to your brand in front of an audience of your industry peers.
The awards have categories covering all aspects of drinks retailing and the DRA's are undeniably the most respected competition in the UK for all the supermarkets, wine merchants, independent specialists, off-licence-led convenience stores and wholesalers who enter.
In sponsoring an award category you will be synonymous with and have exclusivity to a specific retail channel. The Drinks Retailing Awards offer major benefits - connect with a target sector in the market, heighten brand and company profile and building relationships with the key buyers in the drinks industry. The awards are purely retail led, and the buyers are the stars of the event with the awards recognising their excellence in drinks retailing.
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