The Dad’s Pies team receive their award from Countdown.

Countdown has announced the winners of its annual supplier awards, held this month to recognise excellence and innovation across the New Zealand food and grocery industry.

After what has been an extraordinary year for the industry, the supplier awards were an opportunity for Countdown to celebrate the successes of their supply partners despite the challenges that have been thrown in the way. 

For the first time, the awards were also broadcast through a dedicated live stream so that all Countdown’s supply partners and team could join in from across the country.

For their incredible efforts in the wake of COVID-19’s panic-buying and lockdown, ABC Tissue was recognised as Grocery Non-Foods Supplier of the Year, and CDC Pharmaceuticals received the Pharmacy, Health and Body Supplier of the Year award.

Steve Mills, Countdown’s General Manager Merchandise and Buying, says: “March and April 2020 saw some of the hardest retail conditions the world has ever seen, and certainly here in New Zealand the pressure on products like toilet paper, wipes, vitamins and hand sanitiser was unparalleled.”

“ABC Tissue and CDC Pharmaceuticals are fantastic examples of Kiwis working together to help make things happen, even under the most difficult circumstances,” says Mills.

Taking out the Supreme Supplier of the Year Award was DB Breweries who stood out for being a leader in innovation and collaboration. 

“DB Breweries is an exceptional supply partner,” says Mills. “They are committed to partnering with Countdown to achieve shared goals and priorities, and this approach has seen some fantastic joint successes over the last year including implementing Zero Zone fridges in our stores to make it easier for customers to find zero alcohol products.

“It’s critical that we take a moment out of the busy retail environment to spend time with our supply partners and acknowledge the incredible work that happens every day in our industry. We want to thank all of our partners for their ongoing dedication and support of our business,” says Mills.

The full list of winners is below: 

Supreme Supplier of the YearDB Breweries 
The New Zealand Sustainability AwardNZ Hothouse 
Integrated Supply Planner of the YearKerry French – Asahi
Account Manager of the YearCarl Freimond- RB Hygiene 
Small Supplier of the YearDad’s Pies
Produce Supplier of the YearSouthern Paprika 
Bakery Supplier of the YearLahmajou Company Ltd
Meat & Seafood Supplier of the YearHellers
Perishables & Delicatessen Supplier of the YearDairy Works
Liquor Supplier of the YearDB Breweries
Grocery Beverages & Snacking Supplier of the YearMondelez 
Grocery Cooking, Baking, Breakfast & Health Supplier of the YearWalter & Wild
Grocery Non-Food Supplier of the YearABC Tissue 
Pharmacy, Health & Body Supplier of the YearCDC Pharmaceuticals
FoodCo New Zealand Supplier of the YearSpeirs Foods Limited

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