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The 12th Pioneer Awards 2019

The Pioneer Awards are about recognising and rewarding those of you who support us in championing a better way of doing business.

If you are one of our Co-op suppliers and have been driving change just like us, then we’d like a nomination from you.

Maybe you have been making life easier for our customers, leading sustainable innovation, driving ethical trade or making a positive difference in communities. These are all changes we want to hear about.

All entries are welcome and there’s no need to stop at just one nomination. Enter for as many awards as you can.

For any nomination enquiries please contact: pioneerawards@coop.co.uk

Nominations now closed.

Pioneer in Co-op “Own Brand” Product (Ambient, Fresh & Frozen)

Celebrating exceptional efforts in developing, launching or re-launching Co-op own brand products/ranges during 2018/19. We welcome submissions that showcase:

  • Innovation in product development
  • Pioneer new ways of engaging our customers or colleagues through visual merchandising, marketing, experiential activity
  • Promoting the brand and values of the Co-op

Pioneer in Branded Products (Ambient, Fresh & Frozen)

Celebrating exceptional efforts in developing, launching or re-launching branded products/ranges during 2018/2019. We welcome submissions that showcase:

  • Innovation in product development
  • Pioneer new ways of engaging our customers or colleagues through visual merchandising, marketing, experiential activity
  • Promoting the brand and values of the Co-op

Pioneer in Agriculture

Celebrating exceptional innovation in agriculture and farming, this award will recognise suppliers and farmers who have:

  • Pioneered a specific idea or initiative that has made a positive difference to how British customers eat (e.g. sustainable agriculture, reduction in pesticides, championing organic) and minimised the impact of agriculture on the environment.
  • Embraced progressive farming methods and establishing world leading quality standards to produce high quality, ethically reared animals or sustainable farming methods.

Co-op “Local” Supplier of the Year

Celebrating those small branded suppliers that enable us to deliver locally sourced products to customers, supporting local producers and community enterprises. This award recognizes pioneering product innovation and entrepreneurship, provenance and community support.

To be awarded to Pioneering Suppliers with “local distribution”

Pioneering the ‘Co-op Difference’

Celebrating the ‘Co-op Difference’ of doing business, we’re looking to award those suppliers that support us to be pioneering and take action on the things that matter most to customers and members. As an example, this could include but not limited to demonstrating an unwavering commitment to ethical human resource practice or dedication to pioneer sustainable initiatives in areas such as recycling or waste reduction.

Pioneers in Succeeding together

This is an opportunity for suppliers to collaborate with Co-op colleagues or other suppliers for the most admired initiative of “succeeding together” for a business goal.

Pioneer in Best Brand Launch

To recognise the best branded product or launch or relaunch during 2018/2019. Products must deliver on the following:

  • Showcase best in class quality and innovation
  • Beat customer and colleague expectations
  • Deliver excellence through sales, feedback and an overall successful launch/re-launch.

Food Supplier of the Year

The Ultimate Retail Award from Michael Fletcher to the most pioneering, innovative and supportive supplier over the past twelve months. Submissions should demonstrate in what way you support the business to be pioneering and champion a better way of doing business.

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