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AACS Gala Awards winners announced

The Gala Awards dinner was held in the Sydney Town Hall. Image: Andrew Marrett

The Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) held its Gala and Awards dinner, announcing the winners of awards such as Retailer of the Year, Supplier of the Year and a range of awards dedicated to women in convenience.

AACS CEO Jeff Rogut said the Gala Awards had taken on an increased significance this year as the convenience industry had some major issues.

“In the future, when we look back on 2017 with the benefit of hindsight, it could well prove to be a bellwether year for the convenience industry in Australia,” Mr Rogut said.

“We’ve seen the Red Tape Committee recommend packaged alcohol be able to be sold through our channel, we’ve seen a major political party announce its intention to criminalise petrol theft, and politicians and the public alike are waking up to the enormity of the illicit tobacco market in Australia.

“These issues are not new to those of us in the industry, but the fact they are growing in importance in the public consciousness demonstrates that the voice of small business can still be heard.

“The AACS Convenience Industry Leadership Summit reinforced the importance for us to maintain our focus on innovation, of advocating for a more level playing field in retail, and working more collaboratively in a supplier-retailer sense.

“And our Gala Awards enabled us to acknowledge the important contributions and achievements of our industry’s leading lights, and have some fun in the process,” he said.

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up:

Retailer of the Year

Finalists:                             

AA Petroleum

BP

7-Eleven

Winner: AA Petroleum

 

Supplier of the Year

Finalists:                             

Pacific Optics

The Distributors

Coca Cola

Winner: Pacific Optics

 

Beverage & Dairy Supplier of the Year

Finalists:                             

Schweppes

Coca Cola

Parmalat

Winner: Coca Cola

 

Snacking Supplier of the Year

Finalists:                             

PepsiCo

Peters Ice Cream

Unilever Streets

Winner: PepsiCo

 

Confectionery Supplier of the Year

Finalists:                             

Nestle

Mars

Mondelez

Winner: Mondelez

 

Food on the Go Supplier of the Year

Finalists:                             

Mrs Macs

PFD

Patties

Winner: Mrs Macs

 

Tobacco Supplier of the Year

Finalists:                             

Imperial Tobacco

Philip Morris

Richland Express

Winner: Philip Morris

 

Service Provider of the Year

Finalists:                                                             

IRI

ShopperTracker

Advantage

Winner: IRI

 

Grocery & General Merchandise

Finalists:                                                             

Pacific Optics

Repco

Winner: Pacific Optics

 

Distributor of the Year

Finalists:                                                             

Metcash

The Distributors

Winner: The Distributors

 

Telecommunications Provider of the Year

Finalists:                                                             

Optus

Vodafone

Winner: Optus

 

Company Operated Store

Finalists:                                                             

BP Ringwood

Caltex Foodary Concord

BP Marsden Park

Winner: BP Ringwood

 

Franchised/Independent Store

Finalists:                                                             

7-Eleven Harristown

BP Smeaton Grange

Westoil Petroleum Bundanoon

Winner: BP Smeaton Grange

 

AACS Women in Convenience Awards

Woman of the Year:                       Alyssa Milton (7-Eleven)

Store Operator of the Year:        Joanne Hodgson (7-Eleven)

Rising Star of the Year:                 Sara Cockman (Morris Corp)

 

AACS Peter Jowett Convenience Industry Award 2017

 

Retail winner                    Karen Alarcorn (BP)

Supplier winner               Joseph Addamo (Philip Morris)

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