There was a fantastic turn out for the 2015 Peter Jowett Scholarship and Industry Awards event held on 13th August 2015 at the Crowne Plaza with almost all the NZACS member companies being represented.

The Peter Jowett Scholarship session showcased the 6 finalists all presenting their interpretation of the global topic, “Convenience store consumers are seeking product options that are better or healthier for them. How should C-store retailers approach the sale of these products without losing their core customers?”

The finalists were Bonnie Howes (BP Oil), Tejal Tailor (Imperial Tobacco), Kate Mitchell (Goodman Fielder), Fran Drager (Z Energy), Rachel Williams (British American Tobacco) and Bashar Basheer (Nielsen).

The audience voted, the scores collated and the winning presentations were Fran Drager (Z Energy) and Rachel Williams (British American Tobacco). Congratulations on your success and all the best for representing New Zealand in the Global Competition at the NACS Show in Las Vegas from 11-14th October.

The evening session included the Industry Awards. The finalists and winners are as follows:

1. Best New Product Launched in 2014 Finalists

Frucor Beverages - V Kaboom
Coca-Cola Amatil NZ - Colour Your Summer cans
Mondelez - Sour Patch Kids
Fonterra Brands - FruJu Tropical Snow
The Hub - Moki
The Better Drinks Co - Charlie’s Straight Up Cola
The Better Drinks Co - Charlie’s Honest Fizz
The Wrigley Company - Extra White Bubblemint

WINNER: Frucor Beverages - V Kaboom

2. 2015 Best Retailer for Store Compliance


3. 2015 Best Category Manager

Nominations were:
Ben Paterson (Number 8 Retail Group)
Scott Bell (Number 8 Retail Group)
Briony Newton (Z Energy)
Paul Gilbert (Z Energy)
Russell Bryant (Z Energy)
Wendy Swann (BP Oil)
Wendy Earle (BP Oil)

WINNER: Scott Bell (Number 8 Retail Group)

4. Best Key Account Manager

Nominations were:
Rob Haydon (Goodman Fielder)
Kalv Hayer (Fonterra Brands)
Richard Kirby (Twin Agencies)
Matt Cope (Frucor Beverages)
Matt Phillips (Coca-Cola)
Katherine Ledger (Coca-Cola)
Annabel Harris (Unilever NZ)
Daryl Webster (Bluebird Foods)

WINNER: Annabel Harris (Unilever NZ)

5. Best Direct Infield Category Finalists

Coca-Cola Amatil
Frucor Beverages
Fonterra Brands (Tip Top Ice Cream)
Unilever (Streets Ice Cream)

WINNER: Coca-Cola Amatil

6. Best Indirect Infield Category Finalists

Imperial Tobacco NZ Ltd
Cerebos Foodservice
Nestle NZ

WINNER: Cerebos Foodservice (Robert Harris)

7. Best Head Office Large Supplier Finalists

Bluebird Foods
Imperial Tobacco NZ Ltd
Fonterra Brands (Tip Top Ice Cream)
Frucor Beverages

WINNER: Bluebird Foods Ltd

8. Best Head Office Medium Supplier Finalists

Cerebos Foodservice
The Hub
Signature Marketing
Twin Agencies

WINNER: Signature Marketing

9. Supreme Supplier Finalists

Bluebird Foods
Frucor Beverages
Fonterra Brands (Tip Top Ice Cream)
Coca-Cola Amatil NZ

WINNER: Frucor Beverages

Congratulations to all those companies and individuals who continue to strive for excellence within the Convenience Industry.

Please ensure that we always have the relevant email addresses and check the website ( for information and updates. Our next events to put in your diary are:

NZACS Golf Day 17th March 2016
Convenience Leaders Summit 10th November 2016

We look forward to seeing you at our next event.