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02/12/2013

Today’s Wholesalers win three FWD Gold Medals

The annual FWD Dinner and Gold Medal Awards was held on the 28th November at the historic HAC, home of the oldest regiment in the British Army. And what a night it turned out to be for Today’s Group members!

These awards are the highlight of the wholesaling year and are specifically designed to recognise the best of the best in the sector. Today’s Group wholesalers dominated the shortlist with an astonishing TEN nominations and triumphed with THREE Gold Medal Winners on the night! No other organisation – national, independent or buying group did better on the night.

Blue bird on speech bubble

Today’s Group managing director Bill Laird joined over 700 wholesalers, suppliers and representatives from the industry at the glittering event at the HAC Royal Artillery Gardens in the City of London.

Sweeping the board in ‘Services to Retailers’ and ‘Services to Caterers’

“Our members don’t covet awards,” Bill said. “But they’ve invested so much in developing their businesses, in the last 12 months in particular, that it’s only fitting they have been so widely recognised by our industry.

“For our members to make up over a third of the entire shortlisted nominations on the night and in a number of instances we had 2 of the 3 wholesalers in a category, was outstanding! Even more so when ALL THREE nominations in the critically important category ‘Service To Retail’ were Today’s Group wholesalers – Savage & Whitten, Dee Bees and JW Filshill. It doesn’t get any better than that!”

Hard on the heels of this came MJ Baker and Total Foodservice, dominating the ‘Services to Caterers’ category.

And the winners are……….

Simon Hannah

Simon Hannah receiving his FWD Gold Medal Award

FWD GOLD MEDAL WINNER: ‘SERVICES TO RETAILERS’

JW FILSHILL Simon Hannah, owner/MD

JW Filshill in Glasgow is the longest established wholesaler in the Today’s family of businesses and possibly the oldest wholesaler of its type in the UK – in 2015 it celebrates 140 years in business. Three years ago Simon Hannah took over as managing director from his father Ronnie. Filshill’s support structure engenders huge loyalty from their Keystore network of retailers and suppliers regard the team as the ‘go to’ business for new product development and consumer strategies.

Read the JW Filshill story >>>>

malcolm baker

Malcolm Baker receiving his FWD Gold Medal Award

WINNER: ‘SERVICES TO CATERERS’

MJ Baker Foodservice, Malcolm Baker, owner

If any company epitomises the essence of understanding customers, it’s MJ Baker of Newton Abbot, Devon. In just 14 years Malcolm Baker and his team have built a strong customer base- from high end restaurants to snack bars -and is now a major regional player in the highly competitive foodservice sector. Nothing is taken for granted and continual investment and innovation keeps this progressive company totally relevant to its customers.

Read the MJ Baker story >>>>

altaf khanjra

Collected on Altaf’s his behalf by Today’s Managing Director Bill Laird

FWD GOLD MEDAL WINNER: ‘CASH & CARRY MANAGER’

Altaf Khanjra, Khanjra International Foods, Altaf Khanjra, independents director/owner

Altaf Khanjra is the latest generation of his family to be entrusted with the evolution of the highly respected business Khanjra International Foods in Blackburn. The team supplies independent retailers and the catering trade and specialises in ethnic foods and spices. By focusing on the customer, Altaf has grown the business by 30% despite the economic climate. How many wholesalers have been required to move depots twice in 5 years to keep pace with their own success?

Read the Khanjra story >>>>

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR HUGE SHORTLIST OF BRILLIANT WHOLESALERS………

SHORTLISTED: DEPOT TEAM
• Alfa Wholesale, Atif Rashid, director/owner
• Gold Star Cash & Carry, Vijay Thanwani, owner

SHORTLISTED: SERVICES TO RETAILERS
• Savage & Whitten (Northern Ireland), Mark Windebank, owner/MD
• Dee Bee Wholesale, Nick Ramsden, MD

SHORTLISTED: DEPOT MANAGER
• Sud Patel, Turner & Wright

SHORTLISTED: SERVICES TO CATERERS
• Total Foodservice, Jason Sheard, owner

SHORTLISTED: GREEN WHOLESALER
• JW Filshill, Simon Hannah, owner/MD

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