Last night awards saw the presentation of a number of prestigious industry awards by IGD.

The Grocer Cup for Outstanding Business Achievement was awarded to Luc Vandevelde, chairman of Marks & Spencer, for his contribution to the industry this year in restoring sales growth and pride in Marks & Spencer. Readers of the UK trade publication The Grocer voted for the winner in a telephone poll.

Asda won The Nestlé Award for Social Commitment for its Stores of the Community initiative, which is aimed at integrating stores more with the local community. Individual stores have the flexibility to choose their own involvement, which has ranged from helping old people decorate their homes to working with the local fire brigade.

Meanwhile Helen Zeale of Grampian Country Food Group scooped the Tate & Lyle Young Managers’ Business Challenge Cup and £2,000 (US$3,100). Helen examined the pros and cons of local sourcing and its impact on the supply chain.

Edmund Barton, manufacturer of pickle products, was awarded The Sir Alistair Grant Award for Outstanding Small Businesses for demonstrating excellence across a variety of areas. Its whole philosophy is centred on local sourcing and it has built a strong and loyal network amongst local retailers, manufacturers, farmers and consumers, IGD commented.

Blueheath scooped The Ian MacLaurin Award for Supply Chain Excellence for the introduction of a web based ordering system that has resulted in faster product flow, better use of resources and synchronised production. It worked in partnership with British Bakeries to utilise spare capacity in the supply chain.

The Tetra Pak Packaging Design Award was awarded to Manor Bakeries for the packaging for its biggest seller, Mr Kipling snack-sized apple pies. The individual, easy to open packaging ensures the products remain fresh and the new packaging means three packs can be stacked on top of each other without damage.

Superquinn walked away with The Unilever Award for the second year running. The retailer offers a full packing service for customers, and anticipating the introduction of a plastic bag tax by the government they produced a smaller, more environmentally friendly bag that is easier to pack and carry.