The Australian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) has celebrated its annual awards last week in the Grand Ballroom of the ICC in Sydney.

The AACS awards are a celebration of excellence within the convenience industry and showcase the very best in terms of performance for both suppliers and retailers throughout the industry. The Retailer and Suppler awards are evaluated through the CMA Convenience Pulse program, which benchmarks supplier and retailer performance over the entire 12-month period, a very detailed and exhaustive process. The Store of the year awards and Excellence awards are judged by a selected panel of eight industry leaders, which recognises best in class retail operations.

The major winners included 7-Eleven as Retailer of the Year, Patties Foods as Supplier of the Year, and the Store of the Year award was a tie between APCO Wangaratta and Urbanista Colyton – the first time in our history.

Two new awards were introduced in a series of six new awards over the next three years. In 2022, Excellence in Retail format development was awarded to OTR Linden Park, whilst the Excellence in Community Engagement was awarded to The Station Grocer Lennox Head.

While he was unfortunately unable to attend due to falling ill, AACS CEO Theo Foukkare passed on his congratulations to all of the AACS Award winners.

“These awards recognise the significant achievements, innovation in retail and best in class performance by both retail and supplier members.

“To all our supplier winners and finalists – keep up the amazing work. The results continue to get closer each ear as you all strive for excellence in customer management. You are all very deserved of having your company names up in lights.

“To our retail winners, what can I say – more competition that ever in both the corporate and independent categories. The level of investment going into store development, coffee, food to go and food for later; healthier choices, digitisation and customer experience is greater than we have seen in some years.

“Congratulations to bp Australia on winning Corporate Store of the Year, an amazing retail offer with a curated range driven by technological innovation with the customer at the heart of the offer.

“The Independent Store of the Year category was the best we have ever seen. These retailers have the ability to be very nimble and experiment with so many ideas. It was so close that we had joint winners – we simply couldn’t split them. Congratulations to the teams at APCO and Urbanista Cafe & Convenience – well done,” said Foukkare.

Here are all the winners:

Retailer of the Year

Winner: 7-Eleven

Finalist: bp Australia

Finalist: Chevron

The 7-Eleven team

Supplier of the Year

Winner: Patties Foods

Finalist: PepsiCo

Finalist: Coca-Cola

The Patties Foods team

Store of the Year + Independent Store of the Year

Tied winners: APCO Café 24/7 Wangaratta and Urbanista Café and Convenience Colyton Park

Finalist: The Station Grocer, Lennox Head

Urbanista Café and Convenience Colyton Park and APCO Café 24/7 Wangaratta were tied winners for Store of the Year

Corporate Store of the Year

Winner: bp Gateway Bayside

Finalist: Ampol Foodary Blacksoil

Finalist: Ampol Woolworths Metro Kew

bp Gateway Bayside

Food On The Go

Winner: Patties

Finalist: Mrs Macs

Finalist: Handmade Food Co

Grocery and General Merchandise

Winner: Pacific Optics

Finalist: Repco

The Pacific Optics team

Beverages

Winner:  Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Finalist: Asahi Beverages

Finalist: Red Bull

The Coca-Cola Europacific Partners team

Snacking

Winner:  PepsiCo

Finalist: Peter’s

Finalist: Snackbrands

The PepsiCo team

Confectionery

Winner: Mondelēz

Finalist: Nestle

Finalist: Mars Wrigley

The Mondelēz team

Telecommunications

Winner: Telstra

Finalist: Optus

Finalist: Vodafone

The Telstra team

Distributors

Winner: The Distributors

Finalist: Metcash

Finalist: PFD

The Distributors accept their award

Tobacco

Winner: Philip Morris International

Finalist: Richland Express

Finalist: Imperial Tobacco

The Philip Morris International team

Peter Jowett Awards

Retailer winner: Joshua Cooper, bp

Supplier winner: Matt Gronow, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Matt Gronow, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and Joshua Cooper, bp

Excellence Award for Retail Offer Development

Winner: OTR Linden Park

OTR Linden Park won the Excellence in Retail Development

Excellence Award for Community Engagement

Winner: The Station Grocer Lennox Head

The Station Grocer Lennox Head won the inaugural Excellence Award for Community Engagement

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