Trade ready to raise a glass to the best drinks retailers
Record entry in 2007 Drinks Retailing Awards means tough competition
The shortlist for this year's Drinks Retailing Awards has been announced following a record number of entries in the 2007 competition.
The winners will be unveiled at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Feb 6, where the cream of British drinks retailing will gather for the ceremony.
Most of the categories open to multiple retailers were judged by the OLN Academy, a collection of 30 leading industry figures who spent many weeks poring over the entries. Judges voted for their first, second and third choices in each category to decide the winners and runners-up, with the three highest scoring entrants invited to the ceremony.
In the independent categories, a shortlist was drawn up last year and all finalists have been visited by a judge. A final round of judging based on that report then took place and a winner was chosen.
OLN editor Graham Holter said: "We received well over 100 entries this year from retailers of all shapes and sizes, and the standard had risen yet again.
"It hasn't been the easiest 12 months for many drinks retailers but they've been working harder than ever on their ranges, store formats and brand extensions."
The winner of the Lifetime Achievement prize, will be a closely-guarded secret until the end of the ceremony.
Don't miss our Feb 9 edition for confirmation of this year's winners.
OLN DRINKS RETAILING AWARDS 2007 SHORTLIST
Independent beer retailer (Sponsor: Corona)
Beer Essentials, Horsham
The Bottle Stop, Bramhall
Open All Hours, Keswick
Independent spirits retailer (Sponsor: Beam Global)
Arthur Rackham, Guildford
The Vintage House, London
The Whisky Shop
Independent wine retailer (Sponsor: Berkmann Wine Cellars)
Berry Bros & Rudd
Cooden Cellars, Eastbourne
Corks Out, Warrington
Oxford Wine Co
(Sponsor: British American Tobacco UK)
J&H Market, Bradford
Londis, Greenford, Middx
Community off-licence (Sponsor: Beverage Brands)
Gap Wines, Belfast
John Scott & Miller, Orkney
Simply Food & Drink
Drinks buying team
(Sponsor: Pernod Ricard)
High street chain
(Sponsor: Global Brands)
Multiple beer retailer (Sponsor: Carlsberg)
Multiple spirits retailer (Sponsor: First Drinks)
Multiple wine retailer (Sponsor: Concha y Toro)
Marks & Spencer
(Sponsor: Bishops Finger)
Online/direct sales retailer (Sponsor: Miller Brands UK)
(Sponsor: Refresh UK)
Majestic Gift Solutions
Tesco Fine Wine Collection
The Whisky Shop