November 23rd, 2017

Jeremy Roberts Wins Industry Leader Award

By CGA

Jeremy Roberts Wins Industry Leader Award

Leading lights of eating and drinking-out recognised at annual Awards

CGA is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Hero Awards, the leading annual prizes for outstanding operators and individuals in the out-of-home eating and drinking sector. They are:

Best Quality Brand, Presented by Casual Dining: MILLER & CARTER

Best Drinks Offer, Presented by Diageo: THE ALCHEMIST

Brand XP Award, Presented by HGEM: WAHACA

Consumer Choice, Presented by Coca-Cola European Partners: CÔTE

Newcomer of the Year, Presented by CPL Online: SWINGERS

Breakthrough Brand, Presented by Bookatable by Michelin: FLAT IRON

Evolutionary Brand, Presented by Reynolds: PHO

Best Destination Opening, presented by Asahi: THE NED, LONDON

Best Concept,Presented by WE ARE Spectacular: DISHOOM

Most Admired Company or Brand, Presented by Fourth: WAGAMAMA

Best Entrepreneurial Company (sub 50 sites), Presented by RSM: THE NEW WORLD TRADING CO

Best Company (50 sites plus), Presented by Zonal: WAGAMAMA

Power Brand, Presented by NatWest: NANDO’S

Industry Leader, Presented by Coffer Corporate Leisure: JEREMY ROBERTS, LIVING VENTURES

The winners received their Awards at a dinner following CGA’s 2017 Peach 2020 Conference in London on Wednesday 22 November. Joining this 14-strong group of winners are four celebrated individuals: Wahaca’s Thomasina Miers, Fulham Shore’s David Page and Casual Dining Group’s Steve Richards, who all received prestigious Industry Icon Awards; and Imbiba’s John Connell, who received the Special Award. 

Multiple winners at CGA’s Hero Awards include Living Ventures, whose CEO Jeremy Roberts is honoured with the Industry Leader Award, while its bar and restaurant brand The Alchemist picks up the Award for Best Drinks Offer. The New World Trading Co, sold by Living Ventures to Graphite Capital in 2016, receives the Best Entrepreneurial Company Award.

Another double winner at the Awards is Wagamama, which takes home the Awards for both Best Company (50 sites plus) and Most Admired Company or Brand following a year of sustained sales growth and new openings.

Other well-established operators scooping prizes include Power Brand Award winner Nando’s, Brand XP Award winner Wahaca and Consumer Choice Award winner Côte. Winner of the Best Quality Award is Miller & Carter, while Pho receives the Evolutionary Brand Award.

Among newer brands, Dishoom is named Best Concept and Flat Iron takes the Breakthrough Brand Award. Two new City-based concepts complete the list of winners: crazy golf bar venture Swingers, named Newcomer of the Year; and restaurant, hotel and club operation The Ned, which receives the Best Destination Opening Award.CGA vice president Peter Martin says: “We are thrilled to celebrate the success of so many outstanding brands and individuals at this year’s CGA Hero Awards. These winners are the best-in-class champions of our industry, and we can all take inspiration from their achievements. With food, property and people costs all rising and Brexit looming, 2017 has not been an easy year for operators, but these winners highlight the incredible innovation, diversity and success of our sector and its enormous contribution to the UK economy. We salute them all.”

CGA’s Hero & Icon Awards and 2020 Conference are supported by platinum partners Asahi, Bookatable by Michelin, Coca-Cola European Partners, Coffer Corporate Leisure, CPL Online, Diageo, Flyt, Fourth, HGEM, NatWest, WE ARE Spectacular and Zonal; and by network partners Casual Dining, Chapman Ventilation, Fishbowl, Reynolds, RSM, Steelite International and Yumpingo. 

About CGA:

CGA is the data and research consultancy of choice for the out-of-home food and drinks market, specialising in market measurement, consumer research and location planning.

What sets CGA apart is its unique ability to access the three key types of data (supply, demand and consumer) and then triangulate this data to provide the most complete and accurate picture of anyone in the out-of-home sector.

From its offices in Manchester, United Kingdom, and Chicago, United States, CGA experts work with many of the world’s biggest consumer brands, including drinks manufacturers, consumer brand owners, food suppliers and wholesalers as well as pub, bar and restaurant retailers and government entities.

CGA’s mission is to use its phenomenal data and expert insight of the leisure industry to give these brands the competitive edge, and get them where they want to be, faster.

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