Country Range Group Honours Members and Suppliers at Annual Awards Evening
The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich was the setting for this year’s annual ‘An Evening with The Country Range Group’ and took place on Thursday 5th December, with over 300 guests in attendance to celebrate a successful previous year and honour the winners of the supplier and member awards.
The spectacular evening was hosted by comedian Josh Widdicombe who oversaw the ceremony and was on hand to give out the eleven awards up for grabs. A charity raffle was also held for Breast Cancer Now and raised a fantastic £4,530 on the evening.
Guests attending the evening at the World Heritage Site, which was originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren, were treated to a champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner of Dorset Crab and Crayfish, Roasted Lamb Rump and a Chocolate Delice in the Painted Hall.
Coral Rose, Country Range Group Managing Director, said:
“Our annual awards are a fantastic way for the Group to get together and celebrate our successes over the past year, while paying homage to our member and supplier award winners. It’s always brilliant to see so many friends and colleagues all under one roof and a huge congratulations to all who picked up awards on the night. The Group continues to perform magnificently with turnover up over the past year so it was fantastic to celebrate the success in such a stunning and historical venue.”
The 2019 Member Award Winners were as follows:
- Best Brand Performance of the Year – Creed Foodservice
- Best Own Brand Performance of the Year – Harvest Fine Foods
- Telesales Focus Team of the Year – Turner Price
- Best Group Support of the Year – Birchall Foodservice
The 2019 Supplier Award Winners were as follows:
- Marketing Excellence of the Year – Unilever Food Solutions
- Business Relationship of the Year – Aimia Foods Ltd.
- Service Performance of the Year – Suncream Dairies
- Newcomer of the Year – Essential Cuisine Ltd
- Own Brand Supplier of the Year – D’Arta
- Frozen Supplier of the Year – The Handmade Cake Company
- Branded Supplier of the Year – Unilever Food Solutions
It has once again been a busy year for the Country Range Group with Blakemore Foodservice joining as a member in June. The Group’s annual exhibition also generated a record £3million in orders for visiting suppliers, while the Country Range brand has kept at the forefront of caterers and chefs’ minds by adding a further 42 products to its vibrant and extensive portfolio over the year. The brand’s sponsorship of the Student Chef Challenge has been maintained and continues to support, nurture and develop the next generation of student chefs.
Martin Ward, Trading Director at the Country Range Group, said:
“Our annual supplier awards help to highlight and reward the companies, brands and people driving innovation, quality and improving service and their support and hard work is vital to the success we have seen this year. It’s access to the Country Range brand and extensive marketing support, along with the professional customer service, that sets our members apart in the foodservice market and enables them to provide the full package to chefs and caterers.”
About the Country Range Group
With over 25 years of heritage servicing the UK and Ireland’s innovative foodservice sector, the Country Range Group is made up of 13 independent wholesalers – Birchall Foodservice, Blakemore Foodservice, Caterite Foodservice, Creed Foodservice, Dunns Food and Drinks, EFG Foodservice, Harvest Fine Foods, Henderson Foodservice, Savona Foodservice, Savona Foodservice South West, Thomas Ridley Foodservice, Trevors Foodservice and Turner Price.
In addition to offering the leading brands from around the globe, the Group also provides over 800 products, all developed exclusively for professional caterers under the Country Range brand. Covering grocery, chilled, frozen and non-food, Country Range is widely recognised by caterers as a trusted and reliable brand delivering consistent quality and value for money without compromising on taste and flavour.