The results are in!

After two years, NZACS finally held our PJ Scholarship speech competition and Annual Industry Awards night at the Hilton on Auckland’s Princes Wharf.

Over 100 members came along in the afternoon to support and judge the finalists in the PJ Scholarship. We had 9 fantastic entries this year, with pre-judging reducing the finalists to 6.

The competition question for 2022 was:

You have been given a project involving category, marketing, and operations.
Your task is to take any existing category in convenience other than fuel or tobacco and re-invent or revolutionise it.
Present your proposal summarising your plan.
What is the big idea? What insights have led you to this? What is different? How will it look? How will you justify the return on the capital or expense required?

All finalists prepared and presented well-researched and innovative concepts which were judged by attending companies to select the winner and runner-up.

Fernand Dignadice from Frucor was runner-up, and Kathlyn Lee from BP was our winner this year. They both won a trip to Las Vegas to attend the NACS Industry Trade Show in October.

Peter Jowett Scholarship - Semi-Finalists

Sam Robertson – Mondelez

Simon Ward – Frucor (photo not available)

Mathew Wilson – BP

Peter Jowett Scholarship - Semi-Finalists

Finalists left to right:
Fernand Dignadice – FRUCOR / Hannah-Rose Luskie – BAT NZ / James Gilmour – BAT NZ / Brooke Bennet Hati – BAT NZ / Kathlynn Lee – BP / Martha Hudson – BP (presented via Teams link due to sickness)

Runner Up:
Fernand Dignadice – Frucor

Kathlynn Lee – BP

NZACS Annual Awards

Our annual awards were held later in the evening, with Ben Hurley as our guest MC. It’s been an extremely challenging couple of years for our suppliers and retailers, and our intention was to celebrate being back together, and recognise excellence within the industry.

Ben managed to create a relaxed and humorous atmosphere. It was our largest turnout in years with almost 130 members, and was pleasing to see everyone enjoy the opportunity to network together.

Best Service to Store (Packaged Products)

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners NZ

Best Service to Stores (Chilled/Frozen/Perishable)

Tip Top Ice Cream

Best Administrative Support to Stores

Cookie Time

Best Delivery Service to Stores

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners NZ

Best / Most Consistent Supply to Stores


Best Head Office Support - Large Supplier

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners NZ

Best Head Office Service and Support - Medium Supplier

Alt NZ Ltd

Best Retail Groups for Store Execution (National Retail Group)

Night 'N Day, and BP NZ Ltd

Best Retail Groups for Store Execution (Regional Retail Group)


Best New Product Launch

Frucor for V Blue Sugar Free

Supreme Supplier Award

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners NZ

Thank you all for a great night – see you at the C&I Expo October 19th-20th at The Cloud in Auckland.

Dave Hooker
Executive Director NZACS