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Shortlist Announced For Annual IGD Awards

IGD has announced the shortlist for the annual IGD Awards 2018, taking place in London on 2 October, with just under 100 retailers and FMCG firms from across Europe set to compete across 17 different categories.

Included for the first time this year is the IGD Small Store of the Year Award category, which will be sponsored by ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

In the running for this coveted award are Amazon Go, USA; Battersea General Store, UK; FamilyMart, Japan; Fresh the Good Food Market, Ireland and Spar Netherlands.

Elsewhere, the IGD Store of the Year Award will see Albert Heijn, Netherlands; Morrisons, St Ives, UK; Target, Minneapolis, USA; Walmart Omnichannel, Tlalnepantla, Mexico and Alibaba's Hema Fresh, China, battle it out for the top honour.

Major Event

The IGD Awards has been running for more than three decades, and this year's event is set to welcome more than 600 senior executives from across the industry.

Commenting on this year's list of competitors, Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD chief executive said, “We have a lot to celebrate in our industry, whether it’s the exciting innovations and advancements we see in stores or creative new products that are inspiring shoppers to cutting-edge supply chains using the latest technology, it gives me great pride to be a part of a sector that achieves so much.

“It’s for this reason that the IGD Awards has been bringing businesses together for 27 years to reward the accomplishments that stand out. Congratulations to all of our finalists and we wish you the best of luck on 2 October!”

To reserve your place at this must-attend event, visit

The full shortlist is as follows:

IGD Business Transformation Award

* Aldi: Project Fresh
* CHEP UK: Transformation
* Greencore: Manufacturing Excellence programme
* Halewood Wines & Spirits
* KP Snacks – Creating more happy snacking moments
* Tulip: Turnaround

IGD Digital Commerce Award

* Foodmaestro
* Ocado: Regulars
* RNF: Customer Engagement Platform
* Unilever: “Simple” Chat Bot
* Whisk

IGD Employability Award

* Nestlé’s Academy Campus Team Initiative
* Future Farmer Foundation
* Thatchers Cider Future Talent

IGD Employee Wellbeing Award

* Heineken: Race to the Tower
* Boost Wellbeing Programme
* Musgrave’s Be Well Work Well
* The Cake Crew Ltd – Multi Lingual Environment

IGD Food-to-Go Operator of the Year

* Burger King
* Caffè Nero
* Costa
* Greggs
* McDonald’s
* Pret A Manger
* Starbucks
* Subway

IGD Health and Wellness Award

* Centra: Live well
* Nestlé UK and Ireland: Contributing to a healthier future
* Sweetpea Pantry: Feel Good Range
* The Walt Disney Company: Healthy Living

IGD Leading Edge Award

* Carl Murphy: Healthcare FSDU, Changing Healthcare in Convenience
* Kate Vlietstra: Successful creation and implementation of ecommerce strategy
* Marta Lopes: Media Success in FMCG

IGD Learning and Development Award

* The Line Manager Framework and Grow with Greencore
* New ERA PR: Women in Wholesale
* SuperValu Food Leadership & Service Excellence Programme
* Tesco: Supplier Representative Forum

IGD Online Retailer of the Year Award


IGD Retailer of the Year 

* Aldi
* Asda
* Co-op
* Iceland
* Lidl
* M&S
* Morrisons
* Sainsbury’s
* Tesco
* Waitrose

IGD Shopper Activation Excellence Award

* Colgate: 123 Smile
* Graze, Tesco and Race for Life
* You Beauty! Sainsbury’s Beauty Awards 2017
* Nestlé: Nescafe Original Cheeky Mug Asda
* Godiva Activation in Sainsbury’s
* Persil: Powergems in Asda

IGD Shopper Insight Award

* Coca-Cola European Partners: Morrisons Soft Drinks Reset
* Diageo: Winning in Shoppable Content
* Mars Wrigley Confectionery & Lobster
* Musgrave: Centra Shoppers & Redefining Convenience
* SlimFast: Advanced Vitality
* Midcounties Co-operative Food

IGD Small Business Award

* Boka Food: Cereal Bars
* Hana Group
* Kiddylicious
* Mr Lee’s Pure Foods Co: Healthier Convenience Food Solutions
* Childs Farm
* WOW Food & Drinks

IGD Small Store of the Year Award

* Amazon Go, USA
* Battersea General Store, UK
* FamilyMart, Japan
* Fresh the Good Food Market, Ireland
* SPAR, Netherlands

IGD Store of the Year Award

* Albert Heijn, Netherlands
* Morrisons, St Ives, UK
* Target, Minneapolis, USA
* Walmart Omnichannel, Tlalnepantla, Mexico
* Alibaba's Hema Fresh, China

IGD Supply Chain Excellence Award

* Heineken: Weather impact on demand of cider and beer
* Lactalis Mclelland: Distribution Network
* Metro AG Supplier Collaboration Tool
* P&G: UK customer-centric synchronization programme
* SPAR China & Coca-Cola: Modernizing the Supply Chain
* Unilever: Invest for Success in Brilliant Execution

IGD Sustainable Futures Award

* Coca-Cola European Partners’ Sustainability Action Plan & trial with the University of Reading
* Arla: R500 Programme
* Co-op: Project Closed Loop
* Easter of England Co-op: Guide to Dating
* Aldi: Sustainable Futures
* Tideford Organics: Turning the Tide with the UK’s first organic vegan range

About The IGD Awards

The IGD Awards have a long and respected history of celebrating outstanding achievements across the food and grocery industry.

The 2018 edition of the awards takes place on Tuesday 2 October at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, overlooking the superb surroundings of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, overlooking the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. For more information, click here.

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