ASDA was crowned ‘Retailer of The Year’ whilst Co-op retained the ‘Convenience Retailer of the Year’ award at this year’s Free From Foods Awards 2023 celebration party.
For the fourth successive year it was a tight contest between free-from heavyweights Tesco and Asda for the Retailer of the Year award, with Asda snatching back the title belt from Tesco, while the Co-op successfully defended their Convenience Retailer of the Year crown.
The Free From Food Awards, is the UK’s only industry awards for ‘free from’ food and drink, and was launched in 2008 to encourage innovation and celebrate excellence in the free from food and drink industry.
Oakland International Co-Founder and Retailers of the Year category sponsor, Sallie Attwell, commented: “As a total supply chain business we have seen first-hand how demand has grown for free from food across all service platforms due to consumer demand, so it was our pleasure to once again support the Free From Food Awards.
“Our congratulations to ASDA, Co-op and to all Free From Food Award category winners and finalists.”
Oakland International is one of the leading D2C/B2C/B2B specialists in contract packing, storage, picking, food distribution and brand development support covering ambient, chilled, and frozen food, and services retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets in the UK and Ireland, with their accredited distress load management (DLM) service helping save up to 85% of product from going to waste.
Awards CEO Cressida Langlands commented: “We were thrilled this year, not only to receive a record number of entries, but also to see new categories, such as Keto, Meal Kits, and International Recognition, perform so well, with innovation galore.”
The full list of winners can be found on the awards website www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk