The support of SPAR Australia’s suppliers over the last year has again assisted in SPAR’s growth and the development of this great independent network. SPAR Australia continues to build its business and this year’s theme, The Power of Passion, represents the next key focus area.
SPAR Australia’s Managing Director, Mr Lou Jardin, gave a speech at the awards and focused on how far the SPAR Australia business has come over the last five years. Lou thanked the suppliers for the role they have played in this growth and the support they have shown the SPAR business.
Yoep Man, Managing Director of SPAR China, presented an overview of SPAR’s global operations and focus areas for growth. Yoep shared some recent key developments around the world and also provided the audience with insights into upcoming expansions that have not yet been announced. SPAR’s various formats ranging from convenience stores to hypermarkets and online ordering show just how diverse the SPAR business is and how responsive the brand is to the various regions in which it operates. Yoep explained some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Chinese market and how SPAR is successfully using these to create points of difference and drive significant sales volume. Finally, Yoep shared the opportunities that exist for both Australian and international suppliers in working with SPAR in the areas of strategic collaboration, the supply chain, category management, and consumer trends.
In a night designed to acknowledge the suppliers who partner with SPAR Australia to drive growth for both businesses, SPAR would like to congratulate the following suppliers in their respective categories:
Snack Brands Australia, SPAR Australia’s Supplier of the Year for 2015 achieved a standout year, leading the way in each of the Award’s criteria. With strong growth of 27.2% over the previous year, great responsiveness in account management, a high level of support through promotional activity, and a great result at the Trade Show, Snack Brands Australia truly deserved to be named Supplier of the Year for 2015.