Booker is delighted to be sponsoring the newly created Convenience Awards that brings together the very best retailers and operators in the convenience market.
As the UK’s leading food & drink wholesaler, operating branches nationwide and serving Premier, Londis, Budgens and Family Shopper retailers, we are delighted to be supporting the ‘Best Small Convenience Store’ category that celebrates those true independent retailers who are dedicated to serving their shoppers with the personal service only found in the local stores. Booker would like to reward those independent retailers who continue to prosper through their flair, ingenuity and independent spirit. We are pleased to be able to recognise the commitment of those professionals who are making sure independent stores are still at the heart of the community.
Since it launched in 2001, the Boost business has successfully and consistently grown and thrived with a strong challenger brand proposition in a sector of the soft drinks industry that continues to be dominated by global giants such as Red Bull and Coca Cola. Under the continued leadership and entrepreneurial spirit of Simon Gray, Boost has achieved a strong and sustainable position and commercial performance underpinned by a culture that is recognised and celebrated by its staff as much as its customers and consumers.
While Boost has never been in a position to out-spend its competitors when it comes to business strategy it does have the ability and attitude at the core of its culture to simplify what others make complex, to act quickly and decisively when validated opportunities arise and to build a close dialogue with all its customer audiences. Boost has now achieved the position of #3 energy SKU in the independent convenience market (source IRI 09/19) and a rapidly growing international brand footprint.
Through a focused commitment to building trade relationships in the wholesale/cash & carry channel and understanding and delivering upon the needs of both retailers and consumers in that channel, Boost has built up a strong reputation as a business to be reckoned with and under the leadership of Simon Gray, a long term strategy that couples a commitment to its existing markets with an ambition to diversify and grow into new areas of opportunity and possibility.
In Great Britain Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) employs some 3,600 people across England, Scotland and Wales at manufacturing sites, offices and depots. In GB, CCEP makes, sells and delivers products including the following for The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC): Coca-Cola Original Taste, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Fanta, Sprite, Dr Pepper, glacéau smartwater, Costa Coffee RTD, Schweppes and Oasis. CCEP in GB also makes, sells or delivers Monster, Relentless and Capri-Sun. Since 2012 we have launched 63 low or zero sugar soft drinks offering something for every consumer and every occasion presenting huge opportunities for our retail customers.
We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our products and operations, with a particular focus on sustainable packaging, water stewardship and climate protection. In fact, glacéau smartwater bottles are now all made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET) and are 100% recyclable. We also turned Sprite bottles clear last year to make them easier to recycle and all the other plastic bottles we make will move to 50% rPET content in the coming months, whilst maintaining their 100% recyclability.
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Nisa Retail has been working with independent retailers for more than 40 years, helping them to grow their businesses through a comprehensive support package.
Since becoming part of the Co-op in May 2018 we have been well placed to make greater investment in price and promotions and in doing so improving our offer to our retailers.
This brings increased buying power and a broader product range to Nisa’s offer, including more than 2,000 lines from Co-op’s award-winning high-quality own label range, while respecting Nisa’s culture of independence. We believe our tie-up with the Co-op will future-proof the business and provide retailers with a stronger platform to serve the needs of their communities and customers.
We engage in extensive research and insights into upcoming market trends, category management, designs and materials to ensure our modular, state-of-the-art Evolution store format will help retailers to develop their businesses, with those converting to Nisa’s Evolution format enjoying average sales uplifts of 12%.
Nisa also provides a complete retail support package comprising a strong retail focused team, a staff training facility and a comprehensive marketing package incorporating social media and PR support, bespoke leaflets, point of sale material, a personalised Nisa FM radio network and national advertising.
This is all delivered by Nisa’s industry leading supply chain which retailers can trust with an impressive 99.9% of deliveries made on the day and 95% successfully made on time. The average availability rate in 2019 was also market-leading in the sector at 98%, meaning retailers can rely on Nisa to get the goods they want for their customers, when they want them.
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SPAR is the UK’s leading convenience symbol group and SPAR stores play a central role in the life of local communities around the UK. Being a member of SPAR means a lot more than having a well-known name above the door; it is about being part of a sophisticated network of independent entrepreneurs sharing each other’s success.
The structure and range of support services available to retailers who become members is a huge strength of SPAR. But with the strength of the SPAR organisation behind them, independent retailers have every opportunity to not just survive but thrive. Being a member of SPAR is really about getting the best of both worlds, combining the professionalism of a large group with the energy and individuality of independent entrepreneurs.
With SPAR taking care of the buying, branding, marketing and store development, and with a wealth of assistance available from business advisors and fellow store owners, each retail member is free to concentrate on providing the best possible service to the local community and delivering that service each and every day in the way that only independent, truly local convenience retailers can do.
Suntory Beverage & Food Great Britain and Ireland (SBF GB&I) is one the leading soft drinks businesses in the UK and Ireland. SBF GB&I was formed in 2014 as Lucozade Ribena Suntory and is part of Suntory Beverage & Food Europe. Our much-loved soft drinks brands include Lucozade Energy, Lucozade Sport, Lucozade Revive,
Ribena, Orangina and MayTea.
Our business is driven by our “Yatte Minahare” spirit and our role is to have a positive impact on the lives of our consumers by providing them with a responsible choice of great-tasting drinks that people can feel good about while enabling them to lead active lifestyles.