Q Awards Weekly Wrap: Big Aldi win and Amazon hots up online grocery shopping

The past seven days have once again been a busy mix of the weird and wonderful from the world of food and drink. And that’s not even mentioning the alleged activities of our Prime Minister.

Here’s the Weekly Wrap I put together for the Q Awards programme, which includes the Quality Food  and Quality Drink Awards, which sees more good news for Aldi as it is named Supermarket of the Year in the Retail Industry Awards and it’s time, unbelievably, to start thinking about booking a home delivery Christmas food slot…and news that you might turning to Amazon to supply the family turkey this year.


Aldi named Supermarket of the Year in Retail Industry Awards

Aldi comes out top in Retail Industry Awards 2015 for the first time

Aldi comes out top in Retail Industry Awards 2015 for the first time

Aldi’s unprecedented run of success continues as it was named last night as the Supermarket of the Year in the prestigious 2015 Retail Industry Awards, run by our sister awards programme.

It was the first time Aldi has come out top in what are considered in the grocery retail sector as the Oscars of the industry. Aldi was also named Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year.

The awards, which were announced at London’s Grosvenor House, saw a host of prizes handed out to our big name retailers. So if you are planning a weekend shop then the following winners might be worth checking out.

Convenience Retailer of the Year: Sainsbury’s (for the fifth year running)

Chilled Retailer of the Year: The Co-operative

Symbol/ Fascia Group of the Year: Spar

Multiple Drinks Retailer of the Year: Conviviality Retail (owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack)

Seafood Retailer of the Year: Marks & Spencer

Flower Retailer of the Year: The Co-operative

Discount Retailer of the Year: Poundland


How the family dinner time is becoming a thing of the past

                  The classic Oxo family is becoming a thing of the past

                  The classic Oxo family is becoming a thing of the past

When was the last time you all sat down as a family to eat dinner? If it was last night then you would be in a minority as a new study shows how disparate our family eating behaviour now is.

Lifestyle changes means British family mealtimes have become a very staggered affair. Over half of families do not sit down together to eat on any day of the week, according to a new study “Teatime Report” by frozen food brand, McCain’s.

Instead the rolling dinner time starts at around 5.45pm with children sitting down on their own to eat. But only one in four do so at the table, with a third eating on the sofa.

Mums tend to eat on their own and only eat with their partner three times a week.

When families do eat together a third of the time it will be in front of the television. Up to 11% admitted to being on their mobile phones at the same time.

The report asked 2,000 parents with children aged between three and 16.

Noticeably two thirds of the parents surveyed said they always sat at the dinner table as a family with no distractions when they were growing up.

Amazon could be bringing home grocery delivery service to the UK

Only in America: but for how long?

Only in America: but for how long?

If you’re an Amazon fan, and let’s face it there are a fair few out there, then you could soon be using their service to do your weekly grocery shop as well as stock up on the latest book, CD or last minute present idea.

Amazon Fresh is currently being trialled in the United States – in key areas such as New York, San Francisco, Seattle – and, as expected, it comes to the UK it could transform the home grocery shopping market.

The key point of difference for Amazon Fresh in an already cluttered market is its reputation for fast, efficient and consistent delivery. The US Amazon Fresh trail is offering same day food deliveries.

The major grocers will hope customer loyalty, particularly around gaining access to exclusive offers through programmes such as Tesco’s Clubcard will help them fight back against any Amazon roll-out.

But if you are an Amazon Prime member in certain parts of the country then you can already order beers, wines and spirits to your door within an hour as part of its expanding service. The offer has already been trialled and proved successful in the US and a UK roll-out looks on the cards.

Amazon is also looking to break in to the European home delivery market and its new Amazon France service has, according to Decanter, 34,000 food and drink products to choose from.


Book early to get your Christmas groceries delivered to your door

Waitrose staff deliveries in the snow. Photo by Les@leswilson.com

Waitrose staff deliveries in the snow.
Photo by Les@leswilson.com

And finally…if you have not started thinking about Christmas and getting your home delivery slot booked in then you would be forgiven. But, as ever, with Christmas it just gets earlier ever year.

So you won’t be surprised to hear that the major grocers are all giving customers the chance to book up slots and make sure they do not leave it too late.

If you think it is far to early to even think about Christmas. Well check out delivery times in the final days before Christmas and you will discover that like the Germans with their beach towels, when it comes to online shopping the Brits like to get in early!

Some, like Asda and Tesco, are allowing you to order up to December 22, with the main pre-Christmas dates becoming available from early October.

Favourite community online sites like www.netmums.com are a good place to keep an eye on which retailers are doing what.