According to 7-Eleven Chief Executive Officer, Angus McKay, the contribution of suppliers has been a key part of the business’ market leading performance.

“We are experiencing strong growth, driven by a range of factors. Our supplier partners’ willingness to work with us to innovate and continually evolve our offer is one of the foundations of our ongoing success,” said Mr McKay.

As part of the event, the Supplier of the Year Awards celebrated those suppliers who provided outstanding support to 7-Eleven in 2016.

“7-Eleven wants to be known for new and exclusive products, and famous for food on the go, and our suppliers are integral to helping us realise these ambitions,” said Julie Laycock, Head of Marketing.

Coca-Cola Amatil was awarded Supplier of the Year, recognising a transformational year in partnership with 7-Eleven.

“We set bold shared business goals to deliver growth, which has been achieved. The commitment from Coca-Cola Amatil at all levels of our business has been excellent – thank you so much to all of the CCA team,” Ms Laycock said.

Luke Golding from Active Display was recognised as the Account Manager of the Year.

“Luke works closely with our team to provide all of our in-store Point-of-Sale material, a hugely complex role. Luke tackles the daily challenge head on, with unbelievable responsiveness and professionalism. He always goes the extra mile to deliver great service, and proactively identifies better ways of doing things,” Ms Laycock said.

The 7-Eleven Supplier Awards are judged against 7-Eleven’s four guiding principles of Better for Customers, Simpler for Stores, Quicker for Everyone, and Bang for Buck, along with a range of measurable indicators in each category.

The winners for 2016 are:

Supplier of the Year: Coca-Cola Amatil

Account Manager of the Year: Luke Golding, Active Display

Outstanding Branded Category Growth Initiative: Krispy Kreme Innovation Original Filled, Krispy Kreme

Innovative Thinking: 7-Eleven Fuel App Product Development, Tigerspike

Outstanding Service Non-Merchandise Services: Voice of the Customer Dashboard, The Realise Group

Supply Chain Excellence: $2 Sandwich Campaign & Supply, Swire and Azura Fresh

Best Customer Experience: Slurpee $1 Launch Campaign, Leo Burnett

Best New Product Launch – 7-Eleven Brand: 7-Eleven Still Spring Water 600ml, Nu-Pure (QLD, NSW, VIC) and Aussie Natural Water (WA)

Best New Product Launch: Powerade Silvercharge, Coca-Cola Amatil

“I’d like to thank all of our suppliers for their tremendous support. We are looking forward to working together to grow our businesses throughout 2017 and beyond,” Mr McKay concluded.