Distributor consortium honours suppliers

Catering equipment supplier Nevilles came out on top as Caterbar — a consortium of independent catering equipment and janitorial distributors with a combined turnover of £85m — hosted its inaugural supplier awards ceremony recently.

Nevilles was named the overall winner, while Beaumont and Wrap Film Systems scooped the top awards in the ‘Tabletop & Bar’ and ‘Cleaning & Disposables’ categories respectively.

The winning companies were selected by distributor members from across the country, which were allocated a maximum of two votes each, giving scores on criteria including service, range and innovation.

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Caterbar was set up in 1995 to allow successful catering equipment and janitorial distributors to use their combined purchasing power to obtain the best possible prices from manufacturers and importers.

Members are then able to offer their customers the best deals on the market from the likes of Artis, Churchill & SCA to name a few.

Richard Agnew, Caterbar’s chairman and Galgorm Group of Ireland’s purchasing director, commented: “The awards ceremony was a fantastic opportunity to recognise some of the exceptional suppliers that we have as partners to Caterbar.”

He said of the overall winner: “Neville UK PLC has set itself apart this year through its industry leading delivery service and provision of affordable innovation. We are delighted to have been able to thank Andrew Neville and the company for their efforts.

Caterbar operates a stringent membership policy. All new candidates have to be approved by current members, have a turnover in excess of £2m and fill a gap geographically.

Full list of award winners

Overall winner
Neville UK PLC

Tabletop & Bar category
Winner – Beaumont
Commended – DPS Tableware
Commended – John Artis
Innovation – Churchill China

Cleaning & Disposables category
Winner – Wrap Film Systems
Commended – Greyland
Commended – Robert Scott & Sons
Innovation – SCA Hygiene Products

Special Recognition
TableCraft Products Co.

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