Shortlist revealed for the IGD Awards 2018

Date : 12 July 2018

The shortlist has been unveiled for the IGD Awards 2018, the annual event celebrating the best of the food and grocery industry.

Celebrating nearly three decades, over 540 winners, 10,000 entries, 3,400 hours of judging, 15,000 attendees and 1,800 judges, the awards ceremony is a historic event that will take place in London on 2rd October, where more than 600 senior executives will gather to raise a toast to the industry’s achievements over the last 12 months.

Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD Chief Executive, said:We have a lot to celebrate in our industry, whether it’s the exciting innovations and advancements we see in stores or creative new products that are inspiring shoppers to cutting-edge supply chains using the latest technology, it gives me great pride to be a part of a sector that achieves so much.

“It’s for this reason that the IGD Awards has been bringing businesses together for 27 years to reward the accomplishments that stand out. Congratulations to all of our finalists and we wish you the best of luck on 2nd October!”

Just under 100 companies of all sizes from across the industry have been shortlisted for the prestigious awards. The full shortlist is as follows:

IGD Business Transformation Award

  • Aldi: Project Fresh
  • CHEP UK: Transformation
  • Greencore: Manufacturing Excellence programme
  • Halewood Wines & Spirits
  • KP Snacks – Creating more happy snacking moments

IGD Digital Commerce Award

  • Foodmaestro
  • Ocado: Regulars
  • RNF: Customer Engagement Platform
  • Unilever: “Simple” Chat Bot
  • Whisk

IGD Employability Award

  • Nestlé’s Academy Campus Team Initiative
  • Tesco: Future Farmer Foundation
  • Thatchers Cider Future Talent

IGD Employee Wellbeing Award

  • Heineken: Race to the Tower
  • Boost Wellbeing Programme
  • Musgrave’s Be Well Work Well
  • The Cake Crew Ltd – Multi Lingual Environment

IGD Food-to-Go Operator of the Year – voted for by shoppers

  • Burger King
  • Caffè Nero
  • Costa
  • Greggs
  • KFC
  • McDonald’s
  • Pret A Manger
  • Starbucks
  • Subway

IGD Health and Wellness Award

  • Centra: Live well
  • Nestlé UK and Ireland: Contributing to a healthier future
  • Sweetpea Pantry: Feel Good Range
  • The Walt Disney Company: Healthy Living

IGD Leading Edge Award

  • Carl Murphy: Healthcare FSDU, Changing Healthcare in Convenience
  • Kate Vliestra: Successful creation and implementation of ecommerce strategy
  • Marta Lopes’ Media Success in FMCG

IGD Learning and Development Award

  • The Line Manager Framework and Grow with Greencore
  • New ERA PR: Women in Wholesale
  • SuperValu Food Leadership & Service Excellence Programme
  • Tesco’s Supplier Representative Forum

IGD Online Retailer of the Year Award – voted for by shoppers


IGD Retailer of the Year – voted for by shoppers

  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • Co-op
  • Iceland
  • Lidl
  • M&S
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

IGD Shopper Activation Excellence Award

  • Colgate: 123 Smile
  • Graze: Supporting Race for Life in Tesco
  • You Beauty! Sainsbury’s Beauty Awards 2017
  • Nestlé: Nescafe Original Cheeky Mug Asda
  • Godiva Activation in Sainsbury’s
  • Persil: Powergems in Asda

IGD Shopper Insight Award

  • Coca-Cola European Partners: Morrisons Soft Drinks Reset
  • Diageo: Winning in Shoppable Content
  • Mars Wrigley Confectionery & Lobster
  • Musgrave: Centra Shoppers & Redefining Convenience
  • SlimFast: Advanced Vitality
  • Midcounties Co-operative Food

IGD Small Business Award

  • Boka Food: Cereal Bars
  • Hana Group
  • Kiddylicious
  • Mr Lee’s Pure Foods Co: Healthier Convenience Food Solutions
  • Childs Farm
  • WOW Food & Drinks

IGD Small Store of the Year Award

  • Amazon Go, USA
  • Battersea General Store, UK
  • FamilyMart, Japan
  • Fresh the Good Food Market, Ireland
  • SPAR, Netherlands

IGD Store of the Year Award

  • Albert Heijn, Netherlands
  • Morrisons, St Ives, UK
  • Target, Minneapolis, USA
  • Walmart Omnichannel, Tlalnepantla, Mexico
  • Alibaba’s Hema Fresh, China

IGD Supply Chain Excellence Award

  • Heineken: Weather impact on demand of cider and beer
  • Lactalis Mclelland: Distribution Network
  • Metro AG Supplier Collaboration Tool
  • P&G: UK customer-centric synchronization programme
  • SPAR China & Coca-Cola: Modernizing the Supply Chain
  • Unilever: Invest for Success in Brilliant Execution

IGD Sustainable Futures Award

  • Coca-Cola European Partners’ Sustainability Action Plan & trial with the University of Reading
  • Arla: R500 Programme
  • Co-op: Project Closed Loop
  • East of England Co-op: Guide to Dating
  • Aldi: Sustainable Futures
  • Tideford Organics: Turning the Tide with the UK’s first organic vegan range

To be a part of this exciting event book your table now:


Notes to editors:

  1. IGD is a training and research charity for the food and grocery industry. Our in-depth understanding of shoppers, retailing and supply chains is supported by our knowledge of broader topics affecting the industry – health, nutrition, sustainability and economics among them. Our reach is global, with experts based in the UK, Singapore and North America. We invest the money we make from selling our expertise into our charitable activities
  2. For a full list of the 2018 finalists, please visit:
  3. Three awards are voted for by British shoppers: the IGD Food-to-Go Operator of the Year, the IGD Online Retailer of the Year and IGD Retailer of the Year. This is done through IGD’s ShopperVista service, the drumbeat of the British grocery shopper.
  4. The IGD Awards will take place on 2nd October 2018 at Park plaza Westminster Bridge in London
  5. For a full list of the winners of the IGD Awards 2017, please visit:
  6. Follow IGD’s comms team on Twitter @Comms_IGD

For more information, contact:

Alexandra Crisp on [email protected] or 01923 857 924

2 October 2018, London
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