Winner Testimonials

See what some of our 2023 winners had to say about The Grocer Gold Awards below.

“Winning The Grocer of the Year Award for the first time in our history was fantastic recognition of the entire M&S Food team’s hard work.

From our brilliant store teams, serving our customers day in day out to our support centre, which keeps the M&S magic alive with constant innovation and a relentless focus on quality - and of course our incredible suppliers. Our priority is always to deliver trusted value – delivering the best possible quality at the best possible price – and I’m incredibly proud that the judges recognised our commitment to do just that and the extra steps we took to support customers through the cost of living.

The award is a huge source of pride for the whole team and is a reminder that while there’s lots we’ve done, there’s still lots more to do.”

Alex Freudmann Managing Director M&S Food

“Winning Drinks Brand Of The Year was one of the biggest highlights for us in 2023. The Grocer Gold Awards has always been the gold standard in grocery, and I was incredibly proud of the recognition for our whole team at Lucky Saint. The award takes pride of place in our pub The Lucky Saint in Marylebone.

A big thank you to the team at The Grocer and the judges for the award, and to the retailers who have backed us and the alcohol-free category over the last 5 years.

Good luck to everyone entering this year.”

Emma Heal Managing Director Lucky Saint

"We were absolutely delighted with our success at the 2023 Grocer Awards, where we were honoured with the prestigious SME Brand of the Year award. This accolade is not just an award; it is a testament to the dedication, innovation, and hard work of our entire team.

Securing the award for the first time has had a real positive impact our business, elevating our brand's visibility, strengthened customer trust, and opened doors to new partnerships. The Grocer Awards have recognised our commitment to excellence, our passion for quality, and our drive for innovation.

We would like to thank The Grocer for this esteemed honour. We're also incredibly thankful to our loyal customers and partners whose unwavering support has fuelled our journey. And above all, we are very proud of our dedicated team, their amazing efforts have made this possible.

The future is bright! We're thrilled to be a part of the 2024 Grocer Awards and excited to once again, showcase our passion, dedication, and innovative spirit. Here's to hopefully celebrating another win!"

Thomas Ryder CEO Applied Nutrition

“I cannot explain how proud Zena and I were, collecting the award for Independent Retail Chain of The Year at Grocer Gold. We felt so honoured to be included in such a prestigious event at the Royal Albert Hall, sharing a stage with the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Asda and Lidl was a huge moment for the family and the whole team.

Winning this award is a testament to all our amazing people across the business. Our store teams, who work so hard to create a brilliant and happy shopping experience for our customers, and also to the guys behind the scenes in our customer care, trading and marketing departments, who all provide their support and expertise.

Every single team member at TOUT’S has made a difference and contributed to us winning Independent Retail Chain of The Year. We still can’t believe it.”

Jon Tout CEO TOUT'S Group

"Albert Bartlett were delighted to win Own Label Supplier of the Year in 2023, particularly given the quality of the other finalists and general depth of the sector.

It was great to have a spread of our team from across our business functions at the amazing Royal Albert Hall to enjoy the night and celebrate the award. More importantly, it was fantastic recognition for everyone in our business for all their hard work and commitment.

Thank you to the Grocer team for hosting the event and particularly for their coverage of the finalists and winners, we have proudly displayed the award logo on our business communications since winning last year.

Good luck to everyone who enters in 2024, really is a fantastic showcase for the UK’s food and drink industry."

John Hicks Brand & Marketing Director Albert Bartlett

“Cotswold Fayre has picked up many awards over the past few years, but winning the Grocer Gold Award for Specialist Wholesaler of the Year in 2023 was the pinnacle of our award-winning!

To be judged by peers and experts within the world of FMCG, which we love, was very pleasing as they know the challenges and opportunities we have grown through.

On our communications this award is the one we talk about most as Grocer Gold Awards have a prestige within the food and drink sector that is really worthwhile.”

Paul Hargreaves Chief Empowerment Officer Cotswold Fayre

"Winning The Grocer Gold for Start Up of The Year really put us on the map for the big British Grocers.

Sharing our vision and our work to date with hundreds of the most influential people in the industry is the sort of brand awareness money can't buy at this stage of a challenger brand's journey."

Amelia Christie-Miller Founder Bold Bean Co