Winners and finalists of last week’s Catering Insight Awards are celebrating their success.
Five catering equipment supplier categories were judged by senior executives from the catering equipment distributor community, giving the awards enormous authority and prestige.
"Nobody knows the suppliers better than the distributor selling their equipment, so the voting by this expert group of professionals gives the awards enormous importance and authority," said Andrew Seymour, editorial director of ITP Promedia.
With over 100 industry executives voting on the awards, these accolades can truly be said to have been chosen by the industry.
Foodservice Equipment Marketing, which triumphed in the Supplier of the Year: Light Equipment category, was delighted with the win. “FEM was pleased to receive the Light Equipment Award, particularly as the award is voted for by our distributor partners,” said sales manager, Martin Shaw.
“It was a well organised event with a good opportunity to catch up with all of our customers. The whole FEM team is delighted to be recognised in this way by the industry.”
In the Supplier of the Year: Heavy Equipment category, sponsored by Hotelympia, the winner, Falcon Foodservice Equipment, was equally pleased. “The evening was terrific, very well thought out and great fun. Obviously it was topped off nicely for us with the award!” commented Lawrence Hughes, sales and marketing director.
“What makes this award all the sweeter is that it’s chosen by our distributors. For them to say we’re the best is a real accolade and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us.”
Gram was celebrating its victory in the Supplier of the Year: Sustainability category sponsored by Commercial Kitchen. The refrigerator manufacturer’s UK MD, Glenn Roberts, said: “We are delighted to have been given the Supplier of the Year, Sustainability Award.
“Sustainability is at the core of everything we do. This award is a real testament to everything we have achieved this year, validating all the great work we do in the factory right through to the sales, marketing and research and development teams – we are all incredibly proud.”
Over at combi oven manufacturer, Rational, it welcomed its accolade as Supplier of the Year: Business Development. Rational UK’s MD, Lee Norton, said: “We are thrilled to bits with winning this award. It is always nice to win an award but it is very special to win an award that is decided by your customers.
“We would like to thank all of our partners and look forward to further building on our joint success next year.”
Meiko’s triumph in the Supplier of the Year: Service & Support category went down well with the warewasher manufacturer too. “It’s great that the industry has recognised Meiko’s commitment to our customers with our 7 day a week service,” said Regional sales director, Peter Nimmo.
Regional sales manager Robin Macaulay emphasised: “I would like the support team in the office to receive some of the accolade – without them we would not achieve total customer satisfaction.”