Now in its 26th year, this prestigious event was attended by over 400 representatives from the local grocery, food, drink and marketing sectors with £45K raised on the night.
Photo: Ken McCracken from award sponsor Power NI and Miss Northern Ireland Meagan Green present the top award for Ulster Grocer's Green Retailer of the Year to Pat Leneghan, Nisa's Sales Manager for Northern Ireland. A dozen local food businesses and retailers walked away with Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards last weekend, during a glittering gala evening held at the Culloden Hotel to raise funds for grocers’ benevolent fund, GroceryAid. Now in its 26th year, this prestigious event was attended by over 400 representatives from the local grocery, food, drink and marketing sectors with £45K raised on the night. Winners and highly commended trophies were awarded in each of the six categories, presented by Ulster Grocer publisher James Greer, UTV presenter and host for the evening Paul Clark, and Miss Northern Ireland Meagan Green, as well as individual award sponsors. “This year’s awards attracted a record number of entries, with the judges impressed by their quality,” said James Greer. “The Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards are well established and continue to grow in stature year-on-year, with competing businesses recognising the positive contribution winning can make to their reputation and place within the buoyant local agri-food sector. “The grocery trade, and wider agri-food sector, has adapted and survived admirably throughout the economic downturn and entries to the Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards reflect a willingness to invest in building brands now that things are looking up again.” Nisa were announced winners of ‘Green Retailer of the Year’, proudly sponsored by Power NI, closely followed by highly commended runners-up, Henderson Retail. Alan Egner, Commercial Sales & Marketing Manager at Power NI commented: “Power NI is delighted to again sponsor 'Green Retailer of the Year' at this year's Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards. We would like to congratulate both the winner, Nisa, and highly commended runner-up, Henderson Retail, on receiving this award, both showcasing energy excellence in the local retail sector. "Power NI pioneered 'green' energy in Northern Ireland and has been offering green energy options to local businesses since 1999. We continue to provide a full range of products and services including discounted fixed and variable price contracts, paperless billing with Energy Online, plus energy saving equipment and renewables to help our customers cut their energy costs." For a full list of winners from the evening, check out the May issue of Ulster Grocer magazine.