Scotland’s top wholesalers honoured

High spirits at 17th SWA Achievers awards

SWA chief executive Colin Smith welcomes guests to the Achievers awards.

GLASGOW-based wholesaler JW Filshill scooped the top prize at the 17th Scottish Wholesale Association Achievers awards at a gala ceremony held at Sheraton Edinburgh last night (31 January).

The Filshill team picked up the Champion of Champions award at the end of an evening which also saw the firm take home the delivered wholesaler and licensed wholesaler awards,as well as the best symbol group crown for its Keystore fascia.

Staff at Booker Shawfield also had plenty of reason to celebrate after securing the best cash and carry gong — a prize which host Jennifer Reoch described as the most hotly contested category of the night.

Shawfield depot staff member Craig Shand was also named employee of the year, while Linda Fraser of Nestle collected the supplier sales executive award to enthusiastic cheers from the ballroom crowd.

The 2019 SWA Achievers award ceremony marked a changing of the guard for the association, with Colin Smith taking up the mantle of chief executive following the retirement of Kate Salmon, who now serves as a consultant.

SWA president Julie Dunn of Dunns Food and Drink thanked Salmon for her years of dedicated service in a farewell to the outgoing SWA chief executive that brought the audience to their feet.

In his first SWA achievers opening address as chief executive, Colin Smith said: “Success is hard won in challenging times such as these and it’s only right that we sometimes take stock and acknowledge the success of our wholesaler and supplier members.

“Since joining the association I’ve spent at least three months meeting many of you here tonight, listening to the challenges you face and understanding where we as an association can help.”

SWA Achievers 2019

Best Licensed
JW Filshill

Employee of the Year
Craig Shand, Booker Shawfield

Great Place to Work
Bidfood Scotland

Project Scotland
Quorn Foods & Scot Serve

Best Delivered
JW Filshill

Best Delivered Foodservice
Bidfood Scotland; Lomond Foods

Supplier Sales Executive
Linda Fraser, Nestle

Best Marketing Initiative
United Wholesale Scotland

Best Advertising Campaign
Bud Light, Dilly Dilly

Best Cash & Carry
Booker, Shawfield

Best Overall Service
AG Barr

Best Foodservice Supplier
Unilever Food Solutions

Best Symbol Group
Keystore, JW Filshill

Champion of Champions
JW Filshill