Leading IGA stores in New South Wales and South Australia are celebrating after winning at each state’s annual IGA Awards of Excellence.

The IGA awards represent the highest example of retail excellence and demonstrate the store’s ability to grow in challenging competition driven environments

Keenly contested between the stores in each state, the awards are a chance to formally recognise and celebrate the achievements of independent retailers.

Not only the IGA stores but also the team who work in the stores who put the heart and soul back into supermarkets, and set the benchmark for other IGA supermarkets across the retail network.

In New South Wales, where 16 department awards were presented, three exemplary stores, IGA Ainslie, Ashcroft’s SUPA IGA Summer Centre and IGA X-press Circular Quay Plus Liquor, were recognised after taking out the key awards for IGA Store of the Year, SUPA IGA Store of the Year and IGA X-press Store of the Year, respectively.

New South Wales general manager of Metcash Food and Grocery, Mark Garwood, said: “We’re proud to support independent supermarkets across the state that deliver a great retail experience to our local community. We acknowledge the hard work and commitment our stores have demonstrated throughout the year across all categories awarded tonight.

“Congratulations to IGA Ainslie, Ashcroft’s SUPA IGA Summer Centre and IGA X-press Circular Quay Plus Liquor for being recognised as leaders in independent retailing. These stores and their teams represent retail excellence – going above and beyond to demonstrate excellence in teamwork, customer service and quality in their respective store offerings.”

Fifteen department awards were presented in South Australia, with Mt Barker IGA Fresh and Frewville Foodland IGA recognised after taking out the key awards for IGA Store of the Year and Foodland IGA Store of the Year, respectively and were presented their awards by the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Industry Innovation and Science; Leader of the House and Federal Member for Sturt.

South Australian merchandise and marketing manager, Metcash Food and Grocery, Justin Walls, said: “We’re proud to support independent supermarkets across the State that deliver a great retail experience to our local community. We acknowledge the hard work and commitment our stores have demonstrated throughout the year across all categories awarded tonight.

“Congratulations to Mt Barker IGA Fresh and Frewville Foodland IGA for being recognised as leaders in independent retailing. These stores and their teams represent retail excellence for going above and beyond to demonstrate excellence in teamwork, customer service and quality in their respective store offerings.”

The state-based winners in both NSW and South Australia now go on to compete against IGA stores across the country in the IGA National Awards to be announced in July 2016 in Queensland.

Full list of winners in South Australia:

Frewville Foodland IGA
• Foodland IGA Delicatessen Department of the Year Award
• Foodland IGA Bakery Department of the Year Award
• Foodland IGA Fresh Produce Department of the Year Award

Victor Harbor IGA Fresh
• IGA Delicatessen Department of the Year Award
• IGA Bakery Department of the Year Award

Mt Barker IGA Fresh
• IGA Fresh Produce Department of the Year Award
• IGA Grocery & General Merchandise Department of the Year Award

Mannum Green IGA Fresh
• IGA Meat Department of the Year Award
• IGA Dairy/Freezer Department of the Year Award

Other winners announced during the evening:
• Brighton Foodland IGA: Foodland IGA Meat Department of the Year Award
• Wallaroo Foodland IGA: Foodland IGA Grocery & General Merchandise Department of the Year Award
• Port Adelaide Foodland IGA: Foodland IGA Dairy/Freezer Department of the Year Award
• Minlaton IGA Fresh: IGA Service Award of the Year
• Naracoorte Foodland IGA: Foodland IGA Retail Transformation & Innovation Award and
• Richard Hidden from Frewville Foodland IGA and Pasadena Foodland IGA was awarded IGA Team Member/Rising Star Award

Full list of winners in NSW

Ashcroft’s SUPA IGA Summer Centre
• SUPA IGA Delicatessen Department of the Year Award
• SUPA IGA Bakery Department of the Year Award
• SUPA IGA Grocery & General Merchandise Department of the Year Award
• IGA Community Award

IGA Ainslie
• IGA Bakery Department of the Year Award
• IGA Delicatessen Department of the Year Award
• IGA Meat Department of the Year Award

Other winners announced during the evening:
• Donges SUPA IGA Plus Liquor Young: SUPA IGA Meat Department of the Year Award
• SUPA IGA Blaxland: SUPA IGA Fresh Produce Department of the Year Award
• Romeo’s IGA Oxford St: IGA Fresh Produce Department of the Year Award
• IGA Thirroul: IGA Grocery & General Merchandise Department of the Year Award
• SUPA IGA Pyrmont: SUPA IGA Dairy/Freezer Department of the Year Award
• St Georges Basin IGA Plus Liquor: IGA Dairy/Freezer Department of the Year Award
• IGA Bellingen: Service Award of the Year
• IGA Toongabbie: Retail Transformation & Innovation Award
• Kaela Sweeny SUPA IGA Menai: Team Member/Rising Star

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