The award, which was given at the supermarket giant’s annual Supplier of the Year Awards in Sydney, highlights Teys Australia 20 year supply partnership with the retailer.
“We had many great contenders for the Overall Supplier of the Year prize, but [Teys Australia] stood out for their proactive approach to new product development and diversification in the meat category,” said Steve Donohue, Woolworths director of Buying and Merchandising.
“Amongst a whole range of services, they process over 200,000 head of Woolworths cattle a year in their Beef Processing Facility – which employs over 500 people in the New South Wales country town of Tamworth. They’ve also expanded their ranging to supply more products in categories such as Deli.”
Teys Australia also took home the Deli and Meat Supplier of the Year.
Other winners include Coca-Cola Amatil, Unilever, Mondelez and Allied Mills Australia, with Maltesers Teasers Ice Cream named New Product of the Year. Hydro Produce was named Vegetable Supplier of the Year and Mackays Bananas as Fruit Supplier of the Year.
Natures Organics was highlighted for its work in sustainability, while in a new category introduced this year, Tasmanian based R&R Smith were awarded Organic Supplier of the Year.
“R&R Smith is a clear stand out in the growing organics market. They share common values with Woolworths in their commitment to making organic produce more affordable to the everyday consumer. They also continue to innovate by growing new varieties that our customers are looking for,” Donohue added.
Individuals were also recognised with John McLennan from Colgate-Palmolive named as Integrated Supply Planner of the Year, Jonathan Gray from Inghams as Account Director of the Year and Adam Mourad, who looks after Woolworths seafood, named Category Manager of the Year.
“We’d like to thank our suppliers for their partnerships throughout the year and working with us to provide our customers with great quality products and great value. We look forward to working together to provide more innovation and new products in 2017,” Donohue concluded.