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Tesco Perth crowned Best Store and Waitrose triumphs with Product of the Year

Staff from Tesco Extra, Perth are rejoicing this week after taking home the accolade of Best Store in the Journal's SuperMeat Awards 2006, along with two other top titles. Judges were impressed with the 16-year-old, 60,000 sq.ft store and the close working relationship and knowledge demonstrated by staff. Its ability to retain its community spirit, despite recent expansion was also positively noted by the judging panel. Tesco Perth also won the award for Best Meat Serve-over, winning praise for its product provenance to the customer, and was named Best Scottish Store. Speaking after scooping the award, fresh food manager at the Perthshire based supermarket, Bill McGregor, said: "We're ecstatic. This is recognition that the team in Perth have excelled. It's all about teamwork and enthusiasm for the awards. About now the work starts for next year's awards. We aim to be the best."

Best Overall Product was Waitrose's Beef Carbonnade, produced by Geest, which had earlier also been named Best Ready Meal. Zelda Cassie, Waitrose buyer for chilled ready meals, said: "Everyone involved deserves it - the supplier, Waitrose, and the packaging company. The SuperMeat Awards are a very big event and to have been recognised is very poignant." She added: "This is a fantastic range of meals chosen for the delivery of flavour. We aim to be the best in the industry."

Romford Wholesale Meats Group was the winner of the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) Award for supply chain excellence. The business, established in 1965, was recognised by this year's judge Peter Barr, RMIF chairman, for its whole-chain approach to continuous improvement.

Continuing in the product category, Tesco and Sainsbury's won two awards each while Waitrose walked away with three awards. In the stores category, Tesco and Sainsbury's won two awards each. Sainsbury's Quay Parade, Swansea won the award for the Best Fish/Seafood serve-over.

More than 500 people, including supermarket store staff, suppliers, and trade VIP's, gathered at the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane, last week for the eighth SuperMeat Awards. The glittering ceremony was hosted by TV personality, journalist and writer, Quentin Willson while magician and ventriloquist, Paul Zerdin, provided the entertainment and laughter for the night with an imaginative performance involving his puppet, Sam, and volunteer act, former editor of the Meat Trades Journal, Fred A'Court, which had the audience in stitches. Sponsors were Bord Bia, BPEX, EBLEX, DBMC, HCC, RMIF and Vion. Judges of the 30 products and 18 stores included industry experts, chefs and members of the Women's Institute.

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