<strong>Foodstuffs NI celebrates team success at annual Excellence Awards</strong>

Foodstuffs NI celebrates team success at annual Excellence Awards

After an incredible effort by so many of the Foodstuffs North Island teams to respond to the devastating impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle and the Auckland Anniversary floods, last week the co-operative took a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate the talents and dedication of their people at the Foodstuffs North Island Annual Excellence Awards.

The Excellence Awards are a longstanding event on the Foodstuffs calendar that provides recognition for the top graduates of Foodstuffs internal training programmes, as well as the winners of individual categories such as the Women in Retail Award and Checker of the Year. 

Held at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland, this year’s event was Foodstuffs largest yet with 69 finalists competing for the top prize across 21 categories. 

(L to R) Cindy Chaimowitz, General Manager Wholesale and Customer Services, Foodstuffs North Island; Wendy Self – Bakery Manager, PAK’nSAVE Hawera 1st winner Baker of the Year; Erin Potter – Bakery 2IC New World Dannevirke, 2nd winner Baker of the Year; Angela Elliot, Bakery Supervisor, PAK’nSAVE Mill Street 3rd winner of Baker of the Year.

Among the winners were Wendy Self, a PAK’nSAVE Hāwera employee who took home the Baker of the Year Award, Victoria Tupou, a PAK’nSAVE Pukekohe check-out operator who was awarded the Checker of the Year trophy, and Nicola Hallett – a PAK’nSAVE Whanganui team member who received the prestigious Women in Retail award and was awarded 1st place for Store Mastery Programme.

Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris Quin says the awards are a great example of how the 100% locally owned and operated co-operative acknowledges the dedicated work put in by its teams each year. 

“This event is always a highlight for me as I get to see the skills and talent of our teams get recognised, as well as acknowledging the effort of our people.     

“Our people are our business, and their success is our success, so to celebrate the brilliant work they do across all aspects of the business from our merchandisers through to our butchers, is extremely special for everyone involved.”   

A full list of winners is below:

Programme Award Name Store 
FSNI Bakery Apprentice of the Year 1st Place Poppy Keane  New World Long Bay 
FSNI Butcher Apprentice of the Year 1st Place Christopher Sridhar New World Waitara 
FSNI Retail Apprentice of the Year 1st Place Tayah Kaipo  Four Square Waipu 
Supervisory Excellence 2020/2021 1st Place Adam Collins PAK’nSAVE New Plymouth 
Leadership Essentials 2021 1st Place Pieter Kruger Foodstuffs Support Centre 
Retail Essentials for Department Managers 1st Place Sacha Hita New World Hillcrest 
Buying Excellence 1st Place Michael Lim PAK’nSAVE Royal Oak 
Women in Retail 1st Place Nicola Hallett  PAK’nSAVE Whanganui 
Management Development Programme 1st Place James Crawshaw Four Square Hokowhitu 
Store Mastery Programme 1st Place Nicola Hallett PAK’nSAVE Whanganui 
Leadership in Action Best Individual Participant  Mac Courtney New World Brookfield 
Baker of the Year 1st Place Wendy Self PAK’nSAVE Hāwera 
Checker of the Year 1st Place Victoria Tupou PAK’nSAVE Pukekohe 
Machine Operator of the Year – Reach Truck Winner – Reach Truck Wesley Kahu Landing Drive Distribution Centre 
Machine Operator of the Year – Counterbalance Winner – Counterbalance James Suka Pavilion Drive Distribution Centre 
Newly Approved operators TOP Damian Langley New World Kawerau 
Newly Approved operators TOP Claire Blair New World Aokautere 
Newly Approved operators TOP Matthew Harris New World Otaki 
Newly Approved operators TOP Dalvinder Sandhu New World Taihape 
Newly Approved operators TOP Joe Dodd New World Kaikohe 
Newly Approved operators TOP Fletcher Bellamy New World Pahiatua 
Newly Approved operators TOP Regan Arnott New World Te Kauwhata 
Newly Approved operators TOP Calum Jamieson New World Hillcrest 
Team values champion – 2021/2022 WINNER Safety & Wellbeing | HR – Jo Van Den Berg / Melissa Brown People & Capability  
Value Awards Champion: Think Customer – 2021 / 2022 WINNER Jon Coates   Information Technology  
Value Awards Champion: In It Together –  2021/2022 WINNER Aaron Broadbent  Four Square Coopers Beach  
Value Awards Champion: Courageous – 2021/2022 WINNER Emily Rubin  People & Capability  
Value Awards Champion: Above The Line – 2021/2022 WINNER Valu Tu’ungafasi  Landing Drive Distribution Centre 
Value Awards Champion: Overall Award – 2021/2022 WINNER Morgan McCann  Membership & Property 
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