Coles honours top suppliers

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The Coles Supplier Awards were announced at a gala dinner at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 9.

The biggest ever Coles Supplier Awards celebrated excellence in providing merchandise, services and goods not for resale across the business.

Coles Managing Director John Durkan paid tribute to Coles suppliers for their excellent contribution to the retailer over the year.

“We’re immensely grateful to all our suppliers who go to great lengths every day to support Coles and ensure our customers have great products and services at affordable prices,” he said.

Manbulloo Mangoes won the Best In-Store Execution Award following a milestone year for mango sales in 2014-15, driven by its ‘Mangolomania’ campaign.

Tiger Coffee won the Best Product Launch Award in recognition of its work to install coffee machines at all Coles Express stores in Australia.

Simplot won the Community Champion Award for its collaboration with SecondBite to donate 123,000kg of food to people in need during 2014-15.

Littore Family Wines jointly won the Outstanding Service Award in recognition of its commitment to quality, improvement and forecasting techniques.

The other joint winner of this award was NCR, honoured for supporting Coles’ store operations with a range of innovative and leading-edge hardware and software solutions.

Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs received the Rising Star Award for its commitment to quality, innovation and in-store engagement since the company began supplying direct to Coles in October 2014.

Mondelēz International and Parmalat jointly won the Supply Chain Excellence Award for achievements in availability, simplicity and collaboration.

Tassal won the Sustainable and Ethical Excellence Award after achieving Aqua Stewardship Council certification for its salmon farming operation, a world first for salmon aquaculture.

Flavour Makers was named Product Innovation and Quality Supplier of the Year for its collaboration with Coles to launch nine Coles Brand ready-to-eat soups packed in a stand-up microwavable pouch.

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