Waitrose has picked up retailer of the year at the annual IGD Awards ceremony in London.

Leading figures from the food and grocery industry toasted their successes at the event on 2 October, which celebrated business excellence, people development, sustainability and individual success in the grocery industry.

Nick Downing, commercial director at IGD, said: “Every year the entries somehow manage to top the last with this year being no exception, raising the bar even higher. Yet again we received a very large number of entries from companies of all sizes, demonstrating the innovative, high-quality work taking place across our industry.

“Our industry continues to face some challenging times, yet never fails to impress with inventive ways to keep surprising and delighting shoppers with fresh ideas and great service. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.”

The majority of winners were selected by judges from across the food and grocery supply chain, with the exception of three shopper-voted categories, which were judged independently by British shoppers through IGD’s ShopperVista service.

Among the winners announced at last night’s ceremony, which was hosted by newscaster and presenter Katie Derham, were:

· Waitrose (The IGD Retailer of the Year Award)

· Andrew Selley, Bidfood (The Grocer Cup)

· Greencore (The IGD John Sainsbury’s Learning and Development Award)

· East of England Co-op (The IGD Sustainable Futures Award)

· Ocado (The IGD Online Retailer of the Year Award)

· Alibaba’s Hema, China (The IGD Store of the Year Award)

·Ubamarket.com(The IGD Digital Commerce Award)