Family owned food and wine retailer Booths has been named Independent Retailer of the Year at The Grocer Gold Awards, which recognise the best in grocery retail for service, innovation and commitment.
Booths has more than 30 stores across Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria.
We’re a proudly independent retailer and we’ve keep true to the roots of the original Edwin Henry Booth’s vision; to sell the best available produce in shops staffed by first class assistants.Edwin Booth
The entries were judged by a panel of industry leaders, impressed by the performance of Booths in a highly competitive supermarket sector.
One judge said: “Always innovating to stay ahead in a highly competitive sector, Booths understand their market, their customer and their brand.”
The judge also praised the independent retail chain’s “world class standards”. All judges were deeply impressed by the retailer’s Fair Milk scheme, a pledge that farmers supplying Booths’ own-label range are permanently paid the highest farmgate price in the market.
Having received praise across the industry and media, the scheme was regarded as just one of the innovations that have allowed Booths to differentiate itself.
Booths, which has its headquarters in Preston, was said to have “a real passion for quality and local sourcing and strong and respectful relationships with suppliers.”
Chairman Edwin Booth, who received the award at the Guildhall in London, said: “We’re delighted with this award, it’s a brilliant testament of the quality of our staff, our suppliers and our customers.
“We’re a proudly independent retailer and we’ve keep true to the roots of the original Edwin Henry Booth’s vision; to sell the best available produce in shops staffed by first class assistants.
“In a challenging and changeable retail market, this vision resonates now more than ever.”