Foodstuffs North Island Co-op Awards

Friday, 03 August 2018 

Last night Foodstuffs North Island celebrated the best of the best at the annual Co-Op Awards.  The winners show they are stand out leaders in their field – and drive exceptional loyalty from customers and their teams alike.

Chris Quin, CEO FSNI is quick to say, “It’s humbling to get up on stage and applaud the incredible work that our people put in each day to deliver what our customers need.  While we are the market-leader in the supermarket business, we can’t rest on our laurels.  Every single one of our owner-operators goes all out to do the right thing by their customers – but some are exceptional.  These awards recognise the extra effort they put into running 100% New Zealand owned and operated businesses who really get what this country is all about.”

The Awards recognise the best in Produce, Butchery, Bakery, Seafood and Service Deli.  They also look at Safety & Wellbeing, Sustainability and Supplier Relationships. “All stores work all day on these areas – it’s just that some go that extra mile to ensure the avocados are glistening, the focaccia is piping hot, the salmon is fresh and the team is healthy, safe and supported.”

One of the most highly prized awards is the Co-operative Spirit Award, which was awarded to Leo and Kieran O’Sullivan.  “The beauty of the Co-op is that no owner or their team goes it alone.  Leo and Kieran are legends in our business for putting the Co-op first and this shines through in events like the aftermath of the 2016 November quakes, when they offered unstinting support to Steve and Sarah Williams at New World Hutt City,” says Quin.

At the end of the night the award for best store was given to Paul and Liz Blackwell, PAK'nSAVE Albany.  This amazing couple has set the bar high for 20 extraordinary years.  They not only enjoy undying loyalty from their customers and team, they also give so much to the Co-op as mentors and to the community.

If you want to check out where to get the best retail experience in the North Island, then check out the list of award winners below.






Safety & Wellbeing

New World  Matamata

Matt and Sheree Hart


PAK'nSAVE   Kilbirnie

Dean Galt

Store of the year: PAK’nSAVE

PAK'nSAVE  Albany

Paul Blackwell

Store of the year: New World

New World Brookfield

Brendon Good

Store of the year: Four Square

Four Square Coromandel

Damian Langley

Store of the year: Gilmours


Mt Roskill

Aaron Kedzlie

Foodstuffs North Island Store of the Year

PAK'nSAVE   Albany

Paul Blackwell

Fresh food department of the year Bakery

New World Brookfield

Brendon Good

Fresh food department of the year Butchery

PAK'nSAVE  Silverdale

Vinod Bhaga

Fresh food department of the year Produce

New World New Plymouth

Rob Dowman

Fresh food department of the year Seafood

New World


Penny Ashton

Fresh food department of the year Service Deli

PAK'nSAVE  Tauriko

Jon Morrison

Supplier Relationship Award

New World Melody’s

Kerry Melody

Co-Operative Spirit Award


Leo and Kieran O'Sullivan –PAK'nSAVE   Petone and PAK'nSAVE   Lower Hutt