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Best in Fresh Awards

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The Checkout Best In Fresh Awards reward and promote excellence in fresh food retailing in Ireland, with retailers of all sizes and formats honoured.

Taking place each year in the early summer, the categories cover everything from fruit and veg offerings, to fresh meat and fish, as well as food-to-go.

The 2016 edition of Best In Fresh saw more than 250 retailers attend a gala ceremony at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.

Among the big winners at the 2016 event were Garvey’s SuperValu Dingle, which took the award for Best Large Supermarket, while Best Medium Supermarket went to Tesco Park Pointe and Rushe’s SuperValu Killiney won the Best Small Supermarket Award.

The Best Forecourt honour went to Topaz City Avenue in Citywest, while Best Convenience Store was presented to Centra O’Connell St in Limerick.

“The stores acknowledged at the Checkout Best in Fresh Awards are the real standard bearers when it comes to excellence in fresh produce retailing,” said Checkout editor in chief Stephen Wynne-Jones.

“When it comes to fresh produce, the bar continues to be raised, and those retailers rewarded here today can truly be said to be amongst the best in Ireland, as well as in Europe.”

Other award winners at this year’s event included Applegreen, which was presented with the Best Multiple/Group Retailer award following its strongest annual performance to date; Lidl, which was named the Best Discount Retailer; and GS1 Ireland, which was awarded the Checkout Best in Fresh Industry Innovator award for its work on food traceability.

In addition, six supplier awards were presented, as voted for by the industry, with Glanbia Consumer Foods, Carroll’s, K&K Produce and Aryzta Food Solutions among the winners.

To learn more about the Checkout Best In Fresh Awards, and find out about entering the 2017 awards, contact Jenny Whelan, editor, at 01 2365 832, or editorial@checkout.ie