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    AACS honours convenience standouts

    A mix of high-profile operators, young stars, industry leading brands and emerging innovators were among those honoured at the 2019 AACS Gala & Awards Dinner last night.

    Underpinning the night’s festivities was this year’s theme of ‘Embrace Change’, as around 700 of the Australian convenience industry’s best came together at The Star in Darling Harbour, Sydney, to recognise the most outstanding individual and company efforts in a big year for the sector.

    This year’s Retailer of the Year was BP and the Supplier of the Year award went to PepsiCo.

    The Store of the Year awards went to BP Penrith (company operated) and 7-Eleven Hallam (franchise/independent).

    The AACS Peter Jowett Convenience Industry Awards are awarded to outstanding young people for their innovative, out-of-the-box thinking. This year’s retail winner was Carlos Mahecha of 7–Eleven and the supplier winner was Jessie Donovan from Optus.

    Lisa Birch of 7-Eleven was named the AACS Woman of the Year, while Mary Anne Flouskas of BP was the Women in Convenience Rising Star and Melanie Stocker of 7-Eleven was the Women in Convenience Store Operator of the Year.

    Embracing change

    The awards evening followed the AACS Convenience Leaders Summit held during the day at the Sydney Convention Centre. Attendees heard from a range of inspirational speakers from both inside and outside the industry, and also received a detailed briefing on brand-new research commissioned by AACS on convenience shopper attitudes, motivations and behaviours.

    AACS CEO Jeff Rogut said the Convenience Leaders Summit and Gala Awards take on new meaning each year as the convenience industry – and retail in general – evolves at a rapid pace.

    “The landscape for the retailers and suppliers in our industry is changing before our eyes. New technology, different expectations from customers, the rise of certain categories and decline of others, shifting regulations for specific products and the role our stores can play in people’s lives are all changing,” Mr Rogut said.

    “Our challenge is to embrace this change. If we do so with a positive outlook and a foundation in customer service, year-on-year growth for the Australian convenience industry is more than possible.”

    Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners

    AACS Supplier Awards

    Food on the Go
    Finalists: Mrs Mac’s, Handmade Food Co, Patties Foods
    Winner: Patties Foods

    Beverages
    Finalists: Coca-Cola Amatil, Frucor Suntory, Red Bull
    Winner: Frucor Suntory

    Confectionery
    Finalists: Nestle, Ferrero, Mondelez International
    Winner: Mondelez International

    Distributors
    Finalists: Metcash, The Distributors, PFD Food Services
    Winner: The Distributors

    Grocery & GM
    Finalists: Pacific Optics, Repco
    Winner: Pacific Optics

    Snacking
    Finalists: Peters, PepsiCo, Vitaco
    Winner: PepsiCo

    Telecommunications
    Finalists: Optus, Vodafone
    Winner: Optus

    Tobacco
    Finalists: Richland Express, Philip Morris, Imperial Tobacco
    Winner: Philip Morris

    AACS Supplier of the Year Grand Champion
    Finalists: Patties Foods, PepsiCo, The Distributors
    Winner: PepsiCo

    AACS Retailer Awards

    Company Operated Store of the Year
    Finalists:  7-Eleven Roxburgh Park (Vic), BP Penrith (NSW), OTR Fullarton (SA)
    Winner: BP Penrith

    Franchise / Independent Store of the Year
    Finalists: 7-Eleven Hallam (VIC), Shell Bomaderry (NSW), APCO Newcomb (Vic)
    Winner: 7-Eleven Hallam

    AACS Retailer of the Year Grand Champion
    Finalists: AA, BP, 7-Eleven
    Winner: BP

    AACS Peter Jowett Convenience Industry Awards

    Retailer
    Finalists: Carlos Mahecha (7-Eleven), Cindy Truong (BP), Christine Chiu (BP)
    Winner: Carlos Mahecha

    Suppliers
    Finalists: Jessie Donovan (Optus), Chris Barr (CMA), Daniel Gledhill (Philip Morris)
    Winner: Jessie Donovan

    AACS Women in Convenience Awards

    Rising Star Award
    Winner: Mary Anne Flouskas, BP

    Store Operator of the Year Award
    Winner: Melanie Stocker, 7-Eleven

    Woman of the Year Award
    Winner: Lisa Birch, 7-Eleven

    AACS Summit Study Tour Prize
    Winner: Darren Norman

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