CJ Lang picks up three awards as Scottish wholesale celebrates SWA Achievers

CJ Lang was the evening’s biggest winner at the annual SWA Awards in Edinburgh, as the Spar Scotland wholesaler picked up three awards including Best Delivered Operation.

United Wholesale (Scotland) and Faílte Foods were also double winners at the event, alongside the likes of Brakes, Bidfood, Booker, and Costco, who each won one gong.

The SWA Achievers, now in its 21st year highlights excellence across all sectors of the wholesale industry and the achievements that have made a difference to individuals, communities and businesses over the last year.

Some 520 guests attended the Achievers gala dinner and awards presentation, hosted by TV sports presenter Amy Irons, at the O2 Academy Edinburgh.

SWA chief executive Colin Smith said: “Achievers has evolved since its launch 21 years ago and I am proud that it remains one of the premier wholesale industry events in the UK – so a huge thank you to all the wholesalers who took time out of their busy schedules to enter the awards and meet the judges.

“We stand out because Achievers has retained its clear point of difference as the only awards scheme for the wholesale industry which has an independent judging panel. It is this transparency, and our willingness to listen to feedback from wholesalers and our supporting suppliers alike, that gives us a high standing in our sector.

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“Of course, without our suppliers there would be no Achievers and that is why this prestigious event is as much for them as it is our wholesalers. It’s all about people and collaboration – and Scotland’s wholesale industry thrives on relationships.

“I’ve spoken before about how resilient wholesale is and you don’t need me to remind you of the challenges we have faced in recent years – and more recent issues that certainly don’t make running a wholesale business any easier.

“So, it’s only right that we celebrate our industry – whether it’s retail, hospitality, tourism, sustainability, economic transformation, or health and wellbeing – with the SWA’s wholesale and supplier members but also our colleagues and partners from across industry, and from within the Scottish Government.”

Full list of winners
Great Place to Work, sponsored by Red Bull


Runner-up: Brakes Scotland

Highly Commended: Faílte Foods and United Wholesale (Scotland)

Best Innovation, sponsored by TWC


Joint Runners-up: Faílte Foods and Lynas Foodservice

Highly Commended: United Wholesale (Scotland)

Best Cash & Carry, sponsored by JUUL

United Wholesale (Scotland), Queenslie

Runner-up: Bestway Glasgow Sher

Highly Commended: Booker Galashiels

Best Delivered Operation – Retail, sponsored by JTI

CJ Lang & Son

Runner-up: JW Filshill

Highly Commended: United Wholesale (Scotland)

Best Symbol Group, sponsored by Philip Morris International

SPAR, CJ Lang & Son

Runner-up: KeyStore, JW Filshill

Highly Commended: Day-Today, United Wholesale (Scotland)

Community Service Award, sponsored Pernod Ricard

CJ Lang & Son

Runner-up: Brakes

Joint Highly Commended are: Costco and Mark Murphy Dole

Best Delivered Operation – Foodservice, sponsored by Premier Foods

Faílte Foods

Runner-up: Bidfood Edinburgh

Highly Commended: Bidfood Glasgow

Best Licensed Wholesaler, sponsored by AB InBev

United Wholesale (Scotland)

Runner-up: JW Filshill

Highly Commended: Sutherland Brothers

Best Marketing Initiative, sponsored by Britvic


Runner-up: United Wholesale (Scotland)

Highly Commended: Bidfood

Employee of the Year, sponsored by AG Barr

Paul Ellwood, senior buyer, Faílte Foods

Runner-up: Tracy Pate, business manager, Allsons

Highly Commended: Andrew Allison, business improvement manager, JW Filshill

Sustainable Wholesaler of the Year, sponsored by Suntory Beverage & Food


Runner-up: Bidfood

Highly Commended: Mark Murphy Dole

Best Advertising Campaign, sponsored by SWA


‘Raised in Scotland – OOOFT’

Local Supplier of the Year, sponsored by CJ Lang & Son

Clootie McToot

Runner-up: Mrs Tilly’s

Highly Commended: Taza Bake

Wholesale Local Food Champion, sponsored by Scotland Food & Drink

Mark Don, Braehead Foods

Runner-up: Mark Morrison, T Quality

Joint Highly Commended: Fernanda De Souza, CJ Lang and James Stewart, Mark Murphy Dole

Project Wholesale, sponsored by Bestway

AG Barr for the launch of PWR-BRU big can energy range

Runner-up: Days Brewing Co for its work with Dunns Food & Drinks to boost sales and distribution of its alcohol-free beer

Highly Commended: Red Star Brands for its introduction of Four Loko White

Best Overall Service, sponsored by SWA


Runner-up: AG Barr

Highly Commended: Imperial Tobacco

Best Foodservice Supplier, sponsored by SWA

Mrs Tilly’s

Runner-up: Unilever Food Solutions

Highly Commended: AG Barr

Supplier Sales Executive of the Year, sponsored by Unitas Wholesale

Tiffany Emmett, Budweiser Brewing Group

Runner-up: Craig Barr, AG Barr

Highly Commended: Zoe Stephens, KP Snacks

Rising Star of Wholesale, sponsored by KP Snacks

Kelsey Brannan, area sales manager, Brakes

Runner-up: Charlotte Richards, technical administrator, Braehead Foods

Highly Commended: Marc Watson, driver, Bidfood Paisley


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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 07960935659.


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