Wanis International Foods has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Excellence in Enterprise for International Trade, following the wholesaler’s five years of uninterrupted growth after recently passing £100m.
The London-based wholesaler was also commended for its commitment to equality and diversity as well as a strong record of charitable and philanthropic work.
Employing 165 team members from upwards of 30 international backgrounds, Wanis was founded in 1964 and served the UK’s first wave of independent African, Asian and Caribbean food stores.
Commercial director George Phillips said: “On behalf of all of the team here at Wanis, we are absolutely thrilled to receive this award, particularly in the year of Her Majesty’s platinum jubilee and of course, the Commonwealth Games, especially as we have significant trade partnerships with many Commonwealth countries. We all worked hard during the pandemic to keep the shelves of UK retailers stocked, so this accolade means a lot to the whole team.”