db Awards winners revealed22nd May, 2013 by Patrick Schmitt
Retail Buying Team of the Year
Described as one of the last supermarkets who recruit wine professionals rather than pure retailers, Waitrose was praised for the quality of its buyers, the breadth of its range, and its impressive results in the last 12 months.
In fact, despite an average price for wine of £6.90 – almost £2 more than the national average – Waitrose still saw its wine sales rise over 14% in 2012.
Innovations by the team, which contains four MWs (and two in training), included the addition of a new own-label range under £10, as well as new parcels from India, China, Montenegro and Romania and wines from more obscure grapes such as Negroamaro, Mencia and Godello.
As one judge commented, “I enjoy doing business with Waitrose.”
Special commendation: Tesco
Praised for their strong own-label range, wine fairs and forays into fine wine retailing, the judges felt Tesco’s buying team should be commended in this year’s awards, with wine buyer Laura Jewell MW held in particularly high regard.