WESTERN Australia’s horticulture industry came together to celebrate the vibrancy of the industry at the WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards in July.
Conducted by Market West and Perth Markets Limited (PML), the event is in its 17th year, matching the best of WA's top fresh fruit and vegetable retailers in a spirit of friendly yet competitive rivalry.
Market West started the awards in 2002 to recognise and reward fresh produce retailers demonstrating excellent customer service and retailing standards.
All entrants are assessed by independent judges with the judging criteria varying slightly between award categories to account for the differences in respective retailing environments.
Two rounds of judging were conducted for all stores with finalists judged a third time.
Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket Regional: Coles Eaton Fair
Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket Regional: Ningaloo IGA
Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket Metropolitan: Woolworths Singleton
Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket Metropolitan: Swanbourne Market and East Perth IGA (tied)
Great Green Grocer Retailer of the Year: The Floreat Market
Best Small Store: Wagin Foodworks
Regional Retailer of the Year: Katanning IGA
Metropolitan Retailer of the Year: Napoli Mercato