The Lunch Business Grab & Go Awards - What the judges say...

01/10/2013 - 16:13
Here’s a look at why the judges thought these food to go companies deserved to win at this year's Lunch Business Awards...

Marketing Award - Vacherin
Judges loved Vacherin’s offering, describing it as simple yet innovative, colourful, stylish and professional, delivering consistently every time.

Best Coffee Experience - Cafe Boscanova
Boasting the best coffee in Boscombe, Café Boscanova is passionate about its coffee with knowledgeable staff whose enthusiasm is infectious. It regularly changes its guest coffee beans and offers menu items suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

Best Independent Outlet - Cook & Garcia
Judges described Cook & Garcia as a ‘great start up business’, competing as the only independent operator on Richmond high street. It prides itself on offering quality, healthy food at an affordable price.

Best Lunchtime Menu - Kimchee To Go
Kimchee To Go was described as a ‘clear winner’ in this category. The judging panel agreed it is a concept that is well presented in the Korean food market; a sector that is expanding fast.

Best Tea Experience - Eteaket Tea
Eteaket Tea was praised for its ‘superb presentation’. As an experience, the judges said it ticks all of the boxes in terms of service, atmosphere and food offering.

Contract Catering Grab & Go Concept - Lexington Catering
Lexington Catering’s grab & go concept is ‘something to be commended’, said the judges.  Its ‘Lets Energise’ range has been ‘positively delivered, all the way through from staff engagement to its customers’.

Corporate Social Responsibility - Lexington Catering
Lexington Catering has been rewarded for proving strong CSR credentials not only across its green agenda, but also social, local, charity and waste issues.

Group Area Manager of the Year - Chloe Smith, Lexington Catering
Described as ‘head and shoulders above the rest’, Chloe Smith joined Lexington Catering as its first graduate trainee and has been with Lexington for over eight years. In this time she has mobilised and managed many new prestigious contracts including SABMiller, Marlow International and Dentons.

Group Operator of the Year - Marks & Spencer
M&S has been commended for its very high standards; delivering consistently well and continuing to innovate. The panel added that in terms of leadership, the turnover is absolutely phenomenal.

Group Outlet Manager of the Year - Rhondda Bampfylde
Rhondda ‘ticks all of the boxes’ when it comes to a group outlet manager. She is one of Lexington’s longest serving and highest achieving general managers. She has consistently delivered excellence in customer service, financial management and accountability, all with a sense of respect, personality, fun and enthusiasm.

Independent Manager of the Year - Jo Kaye, Bites Coffee House
Jo Kaye was commended by the judges for his level of service, manner, attention to detail and professionalism.

Innovation Award - Paper & Cup
‘Imaginative concept with a social enterprise’ is how the judges described Paper & Cup. A coffee shop with a difference, Paper & Cup is a not-for-profit social enterprise offering a top range of delectable coffee, books and treats.

Special Achievement Award -Caffe Nero
This year’s special achievement award goes to an organisation that was founded back in 1997. The aim was to bring a premium, continental style café to Great Britain. In 1997 the founder bought five retail sites in London and began to create his vision. In 1999 they opened stores outside of London for the first time, and by 2000 the team had built 31 outlets. In October 2005 tonight’s winner was named the 20th fastest growing company in Europe by Business Week magazine.

The company now opens one new establishment a week and has over 600 stores globally with more than 4,000 skilled baristas and support team.

They have also recently announced the opening of three of its stores at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, which is scheduled to launch in June 2014.
The organisation is also very much an ‘award winner’. This year the brand was voted best tasting coffee on the high street by independent consumer magazine Which? and has also been ranked ‘the best coffee house brand’ in the UK by Allegra for more than a decade.

Food is also high on the agenda. The brand works with celebrity chef Ursula Ferrigno on the development of its food and this year got behind a social enterprise called Bad Boys Bakery within Her Majesty Prison Brixton.

The brand has been part of the coffee culture revolution and has helped raise the bar on quality through its hand crafted artisan products in hundreds of towns and cities in Europe and the Middle East.

This brand is to be admired for becoming one of the best recognised and most admired coffee house brands in the world.

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