Reckitt Hygiene was named Woolworths’ Supplier of the Year at last night’s annual awards ceremony, while Cobram Estate Olives was recognized for best practice and innovation in sustainability.
The annual Woolworths Supplier of the Year Awards were held in Sydney yesterday and honored the thousands of suppliers the supermarket works with to provide its customers with high-quality food and basic necessities.
Reckitt Hygiene was named Overall Supplier of the Year for its sustained efforts to meet increased consumer demand for hygiene products and for its ongoing support of Australian communities through a number of mission-driven initiatives. During its recent Can Loneliness & Create Connection campaign, Glen 20 partnered with Meals on Wheels to donate 100,000 cans of Glen 20 to disadvantaged Australians – one for each Pine O Cleen or Glen 20 purchased at Woolworths during the campaign period. The company also won the category for Everyday Needs at the awards.
Paul Harker, chief commercial officer of Woolworths, stated, “Our partnership with Reckitt Benckiser has grown tremendously over the past few years, especially as hygiene became a top priority for the community during the pandemic.
“Over the past three years, the joint business plan we have developed with the Reckitt Hygiene team has demonstrated their dedication to driving growth and innovation across the hygiene category, while keeping up with high levels of demand to ensure that supply reached our shelves as quickly as possible.
“Many of our partners have faced increased demand and difficulties in meeting it over the past few years, but Reckitt Hygiene not only rose to the occasion, but did so without letting up on innovation, new product development, or community engagement. Again, this year, we are pleased to have partnered with them on their Glen 20 Meals on Wheels initiative.”
The Better Tomorrow Award, formerly known as the Sustainability Award, was presented to Cobram Estate Olives for its efforts in sustainable agriculture and the production of extra virgin olive oil. The Cobram Estate Olives Oliv.iQ® proprietary integrated olive oil production system is a best-in-class sustainability initiative that uses 37% less water than industry best practice and 83% less phosphorus fertiliser and 61% less nitrogen fertiliser than the industry average to produce olive oil. Only 0.5% of the company’s operational inputs are disposed of in landfills, as a result of its efforts to reduce waste and repurpose production scraps. It has set aside 500 hectares of land for native vegetation reforestation and conservation and has become “carbon positive” by sequestering more carbon than it emits in the cultivation, processing, and distribution of extra virgin olive oil.
Paul Harker added, “Cobram Estate is a shining example of the level of sustainable transformation that is currently achievable.” It serves as a model for sustainable land management, agriculture, and production. Customers expect brands to make the products they purchase better for the environment and our collective future, so we are thrilled to see this beloved Australian company walking the walk.
Lello, owned and operated by Leonardo and Linda Gelsomino in Melbourne, was awarded Small Supplier of the Year on the night in question. After their Italian restaurant had to close due to COVID-19 lockdowns, Lello expanded its wholesale business. After participating in a trial at Woolworths’ Crows Nest store, their pasta sauce is now sold in multiple stores across the nation.
Paul Harker concluded, “We are proud to champion the businesses that make it possible for us to provide quality food and basic necessities to tens of thousands of communities across the nation.
While this year has continued to present difficulties for our industry, the collaboration and partnership of our suppliers has made us stronger as a whole.
We work with suppliers of all sizes, and as Australia’s largest retailer, we’re pleased to assist them in expanding their businesses, reaching new customers, and implementing sustainable practices.
The Woolworths Supplier of the Year Awards honored partners in a variety of categories, including:
Reckitt Hygiene is the Supplier of the Year
Award for a Brighter Tomorrow: Cobram Estate Olives Ltd
Danielle Clarke is the Category Manager of the Year for Woolworths.
Tom Kippenberger is Account Manager of the Year (Reckitt Hygiene)
Simply Potato & Corn Chips by Pepsico is the Year’s Best New Product Launch.
British Sausage Company was named Meat/Seafood Supplier of the Year.
Fruit & Vegetable Distributor of the Year: Perfection Fresh
GWF is the Chilled & Bakery Supplier of the Year (Tip Top)
Lello is the Small Supplier of the Year
Reckitt Hygiene is the Supplier of the Year for Everyday Needs.
Mutti is the Grocery Food Supplier of the Year.
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners is the Merchandising Team of the Year
Elato is the Metro Supplier of the Year.
Community Champion Supplier of the Year: Barramundi from Humpty Doo
Campaign of the Year in Cartography: Wonder Recycling Rewards (Goodman Fielder)
Northern Meat & Poultry Supplies is Woolworths Food Company’s Supplier of the Year (NMPS)
Sanitarium is Logistics Partner of the Year.
Caroline Manuel – Patties was named Integrated Supply Partner of the Year.