SPAR Australia celebrates the achievements of independent SPAR retailers during its annual Gala Awards Dinner

SPAR Australia celebrates the achievements of independent SPAR retailers during its annual Gala Awards Dinner

Australia, 2017-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s been another outstanding year for the SPAR Australia network; over 300 guests came together at the annual Gala Awards Dinner to celebrate the achievements of independent SPAR retailers over the last year.

Reflecting on another year of excellence, SPAR Australia Managing Director, Lou Jardin, said: “We will continue to provide competition at the wholesale level, ensuring independent retailers are able to source deals that allow them to compete in the market and guarantee the survival of family businesses in the grocery industry.”

SPAR would like to congratulate the following retailers on their success in their respective categories:

  • SPAR Store of the Year 2017 – SPAR Maclean
  • SPAR Express Store of the Year 2017 – SPAR Express Terrigal

The department awards were presented to the following stores, for not only outshining their competitors in their local communities with their fresh and high-quality products, but for ensuring their offer is consistently at a high level for their customers:

  • SPAR Grocery / General Merchandise Award – SPAR Jandowae
  • SPAR Express Grocery / General Merchandise Award – SPAR Express Withcott
  • SPAR Dairy / Freezer Award – SPAR Malanda
  • SPAR Express Dairy / Freezer Award – SPAR Express Terrigal
  • SPAR Fresh Food Award – SPAR Maclean
  • SPAR Express Fresh Food Award – SPAR Express Terrigal
  • Food-to-Go Award – SPAR Express Oxenford

The Special Awards were highly contended this year and congratulations goes to the following successful retailers:

  • Brand Ambassador of the Year Award 2017 – Dimitri Spyrakis – SPAR Sussex Inlet, who will be featured in our next issue of Contact International. Watch a testimonial video of Dmitri, also available on our website.
  • Store Investment Excellence Award 2017 –
    • SPAR Chevron
    • SPAR Chirn Park
    • SPAR Express Edens Landing
    • SPAR Express Morpetho SPAR Express Port Macquarie
    • SPAR Express Proston
    • SPAR Jacaranda Avenue
    • SPAR Suffolk Park
    • SPAR Warren

Two suppliers were also recognised for their stands at the Trade Show. SPAR Australia congratulated the following suppliers on their success in the stand awards and thank them for the effort they put into the event:

    • Small Supplier Stand 2017 – JT’s Coconut Essence
    • Large Supplier Stand 2017 – Frucor Suntory

* Pictured with all the award winners is John Costanzo, SPAR Australia General Manager Retail Operations & Business Development


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Source: Spar International


SPAR Australia presents its annual Supplier of the Year Awards

The 2016 SPAR Australia Supplier of the Year, Mondelēz Confectionery

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Australia has once again recognised the support of key suppliers across various categories, presenting the coveted annual SPAR Supplier of the Year Awards at a dinner hosted by Australian Olympic Gold Medallist, Duncan Armstrong, earlier this month.

In a night designed to acknowledge the suppliers who partner with SPAR Australia to drive growth, SPAR would like to congratulate the following suppliers on their success in their respective categories:

  • 2016 Supplier of the Year – Mondelēz Confectionery
  • 2016 Grocery Supplier of the Year – Coca-Cola Amatil
  • 2016 Non-Food Supplier of the Year – McPherson’s Consumer Products
  • 2016 Perishable Supplier of the Year – Grove Juice
  • 2016 Promotional Support of the Year – Don KRC
  • 2016 Private Label Supplier of the Year – Grove Juice
  • 2016 Direct Supplier of the Year – Independent Produce Professionals
  • 2016 New Product Launch of the Year – Cadbury Oreo Chocolate
  • 2016 Account Manager of the Year – Tony Wyber Asaleo Care

2016 Supplier of the Year:

Mondelēz Confectionery achieved a standout 2016, narrowly edging out other great performing suppliers in each of the Award’s criteria. The supplier showed terrific growth in 2016 of 18% over the previous year. The change in performance was largely due to a change in account management and a renewed focus on the SPAR business.

During the evening’s presentation sessions, SPAR Australia’s Managing Director, Lou Jardin, spoke about the critical role SPAR’s suppliers play in the success of the business. From supporting the merchandising team in category reviews and consolidating the range, to promotional support. He shared SPAR’s five key strategies: presenting a value statement, implementing a focused range, clearing the clutter, merchandising for sales and keeping it clean and fresh.

Niels Dekkers, International Marketing & Strategic Projects Manager for SPAR International travelled from Amsterdam for the event. Niels shared some of SPAR’s key international growth, sales and store figures, as well as international innovations and expansions. The growth and supplier opportunities in Asia were demonstrated by the impressive results coming out of SPAR China, India, Indonesia and Thailand. Focusing on the newest developments in Thailand, Niels shared impressive details of the store concepts, layouts and branding opportunities. The key strategies for SPAR’s success in Thailand demonstrate international convenience best practice and focus on areas such as health, Food-to-Go, locally sourced products, freshness and passionate teamwork.

The support of SPAR Australia’s suppliers over the last year has contributed to its growth and development. The partner continues to build its business and the 2017 theme, Inspiring Excellence, is a fitting next step to ensure the continued success of this great independent network.

SOURCE: SPAR International

SPAR International
Penny van der Kaars
Communication Manager