7-Eleven celebrates its 2023 ‘Our Partners Our Futures’ event

7-Eleven gathered in Melbourne recently to celebrate its supplier partners at the 2023 ‘Our Partners Our Futures’ event.

The event was an opportunity to share 7-Eleven’s ambition and the strategic focus areas that are going to be a major part of the company achieving its target of a billion customer moments by 2030.

Attending supplier partners heard from 7-Eleven CEO and Managing Director Angus McKay, Executive General Manager – Product, Matt Keogh, Head of Merchandise Rob Kirby, and Head of Food Emma Metcalf-King, before being given the opportunity to experience interactive zones focused on microformats, sustainability, food, and various elements of supply chain and merchandise management.

Keogh says that the event was an opportunity to connect with supplier partners and share more about the opportunities to grow together.

“It was fantastic to get together in person for the first time in a number of years to share our strategy with suppliers. We appreciated them taking time out of their day so that we could bring to life some of the initiatives we believe are going to provide sustainable benefit across our stores, our business, and for our supplier network in the future,” he said.

“The chance to gather together to connect and say thank you for their contribution was also really important to us.”

The event ended with the 2023 7-Eleven Supplier Awards, which saw a range of supplier partners across merchandise and support services recognised for their extraordinary contribution to the 7-Eleven business.

“Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners. They have made a significant contribution to our success over the past year, and we are pleased to be able to celebrate their efforts.

“On behalf of the business and our entire team, I would like to thank all of our supplier partners. We can’t continue to grow, innovate, and provide an offer that makes our customers’ lives easier without their support.”

2023 7-Eleven Supplier Awards Winners:

Supplier of the Year was won by Frucor Suntory

Supplier of the Year:

Winner: Frucor Suntory

Finalists: Red Bull, Ueshima Coffee Company

Customer Experience Excellence winners were PHD Media

Customer Experience Excellence:

Winner: PHD Media

Finalists: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, The Taboo Group

Sustainability Excellence was won by Our Most Sustainable Coffee Ever – Ueshima Coffee Company, Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand and BioPak

Sustainability Excellence:

Winner: Our Most Sustainable Coffee Ever – Ueshima Coffee Company, Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand and BioPak

Finalists: Simply Cups Program – Closed Loop, 7-Eleven Hot Chockee – Nestlé

Service Provider of the Year was won by Blue Connections IT

Service Provider of the Year:

Winner: Blue Connections IT

Finalists: BCG, Clifford Signs

Fuel Supplier Excellence was won by Monaro Fuel Haulage

Fuel Supplier Excellence:

Winner: Monaro Fuel Haulage

Finalists: Kalibrate, Mobil

Supply Chain Excellence was won by Asahi Lifestyle Beverages

Supply Chain Excellence:

Winner: Asahi Lifestyle Beverages

Finalists: Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Sanitarium

Best New 7-Eleven Product Launch was won by 7-Eleven Puff Pastry Bakes from The Outback Pie Co

Best New 7-Eleven Product Launch:

Winner: 7-Eleven Puff Pastry Bakes from The Outback Pie Co

Finalists: 7-Eleven Smoothies from Fresh Blends Australia, 7-Eleven Sweet Food on the Go from Allied Pinnacle

Account Manager of the Year was won by Stavroula Drakos – Patties Foods

Account Manager of the Year:

Winner: Stavroula Drakos – Patties Foods

Finalists: Derryk Kane – Sanitarium, Lauren Daniels – Red Bull

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