Bidvest Foodservice received four Gold Medals at a glittering black-tie ceremony held at the Old Billingsgate in London on Thursday evening 25 November. Shortlisted in five categories at the esteemed FWD Gold Medals, Bidvest recieved the awards in all but one of the categories.
Bidvest received Gold Awards for ‘Wholesale Service to Caterers’ and ‘Green Wholesaler of the Year’, as well as awards for individual team members, which included ‘Young Wholesaler of the Year’ (Sarah Whiddett, Head of Insight & Customer Experience) and ‘Delivered Wholesale Driver’ (Perry Cordell, Wakefield depot).
Attended by over 800 industry members, the awards are highly regarded as the pinnacle of achievement in the food and drink wholesale sector, considered as ultimate recognition of the individuals, teams, products and initiatives that make the sector what it is.
Last night marked the second consecutive year that Bidvest Foodservice has received the Gold Award Wholesale Service to Caterers, and the fourth consecutive year it has won the award for Green Wholesaler.
Bidvest Foodservice picked up the Green Wholesaler award for its CSR initiatives, including driving industry collaboration on the topic of sustainability through the website plate2plate.co.uk, reducing food and packaging waste, enabling greater choice of sustainable and healthy products, cutting down on carbon emissions and fuel usage, as well as supporting regional product ranges.
Andrew Selley, Chief Executive at Bidvest Foodservice says: “I’m really proud of our team for their achievements, particularly Perry Cordell and Sarah Whiddett, who are such fantastic ambassadors in our business for championing service excellence to customers, each in their own right. It certainly doesn’t stop here – we’re always working to deliver an even better customer experience in as many ways as we can.”
Sarah Whiddett, Head of Insight & Customer Experience at Bidvest Foodservice, received the hotly anticipated Young Wholesaler of the Year award for her work in transforming the business to a culture of service excellence using marketing insights.
Sarah’s achievements include leading on the business’s service excellence journey, developing real-time tools to improve service levels and tracking progress, driving trends and product innovation, as well as building closer and more collaborative relationships with customers and suppliers.
Sarah says: “It’s a great honour to receive this award. I want to thank my team and colleagues for supporting and driving the key projects that have helped make real change in service levels for our customers, and the business for providing me with the freedom and trust to develop new ideas and take an innovative approach in what is a vital area.”
Praised by judges for living and breathing service excellence, Perry Cordell from Bidvest Foodservice Wakefield, also picked up Wholesale Driver of the Year. Perry has built strong relationships with his 100 customers, often going above and beyond to ensure his deliveries are received on time.
Perry says: “I’m delighted to have won this prestigious award. Thank you to our customers for giving me such fantastic feedback, to the judges for awarding me with this and to Bidvest Foodservice for recognising the time and dedication that goes into my role.”