Our Awards

Our Awards

Everyone likes to dust off the tuxedo and pick up a shiny award every now and then, and we’ve been lucky enough to win more than our fair share in recent years.


Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 – Merchant of the Year

SWA Merchant of the Year Andrew and Chris Losh

Our producers won 25 gold medals at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, with 220 awards in total. Judged by leading wine experts and sommeliers, these wines are the cream of the crop and span the Old and New World across 19 different countries. On top of this exciting news we are thrilled to be named this year’s Merchant of the Year.

Andrew Shaw, Bibendum wine buying director, says, “Despite the eventful start to 2018 for Bibendum, our selection of wines has never been better, representing many of the very best producers across the wine producing world. For the Sommelier Wine Awards competition to recognise it once again is a great endorsement to our producers.

“Our business represents a reflection of the very best wines from every corner of the planet, from France and Italy, South Africa and Australia, to Turkey and Slovenia, demonstrating the strength and depth in the portfolio.”

Andrew Shaw and Chris Losh



SWA Merchant of the Year 2017

Bibendum impressed over 150 On Trade judges at this year's Sommelier Wine Awards, and were crowned Merchant of the Year at a ceremony at the London Wine Fair. 

Andrew Shaw, group wine buying director said, “We are really proud to be this year’s Merchant of the Year at the Sommelier Wine Awards. We work with many incredible producers, whose wines this year received more gold medals than ever before. And it’s not just the top end, Fine Wines that impressed – we also received medals for our entry-level, house wine offers, showcasing the great depth and width of our entire wine range.”

Investors In People

At Bibendum we have a strong set of values in Energy, Innovation, Customer Focus and Team Spirit, with an amazing team who live those values. We are therefore very excited to be awarded with Investors In People (IIP) status. This is not simply a static assessment of where we are, though, and the assessors support us in developing and supporting our people.



IWC Innovator of the Year

Bibendum’s Market Insights team won us the title of Innovator of the Year in the Business Excellence category for their Consumer Portraits, at this year's IWC awards. The judges said, “Bibendum’s Consumer Portraits provide insightful research to ensure that the sales teams and clients are equipped to deliver the right range of wines to their customers, depending on demographic and social mores. This is not an innovation for innovation’s sake but a very good sales tool.”


Sommelier Wine Awards 2016: New World Merchant of the Year

Another strong performance from last year’s winner, with an extremely high number of New World wines in its impressive haul of Golds. While there were pockets of brilliance everywhere, including Champagne, based on the strength of the medals achieved in Australia and New Zealand alone, there is clearly nowhere better to look for wines outside of Europe.

The Drinks Business Awards 2016: Special Commendation

Judges awarded a special commendation to Bibendum, which recently re-launched its spirits agency Instill to incorporate craft beer and cider, and Walker & Wodehouse, which sells to independent merchants. The past year has been an enormous year for Bibendum, which has undergone a massive integration process, and yet has managed to keep its business steady in a market that’s declining,” one judge pointed out.


The Drinks Business Awards: Best Launch

In order to successfully launch this new category, we had to educate our own staff, as well as potential and existing customers. Educational Sake booklets were published and made available online to give an overview of the category including the heritage, production process and details on the Sakes on the Bibendum list and how to serve it.


Sommelier Wine Awards 2015: Merchant of the Year

The “judges were impressed with Bibendum's ability to do both Old and New World well – Golds and Silvers were split almost equally between the two – and to mix classical and quirky.”



WSET: Wine Educator of the Year

The WSET felt Bibendum’s training team were the standout candidates for Educator of the Year in this year’s award ceremony. The judges acknowledged Bibendum’s approach ensured students received support long after they left the classroom and praised the training team’s ability to make learning fun, engaging and memorable.


International Wine Challenge 2014: Educator of the Year

The judges at the International Wine Challenge felt that Bibendum’s market-leading training programmes were deserving of the Educator of the Year Award. They were impressed with Bibendum’s range of bespoke training courses as well as consistently delivering excellent WSET courses.

Harpers Awards 2014: Best Overall Agent/Distributor

The team at Harpers judged Bibendum to have the best overall offering to customers in the trade. Taking into account everything from service to support, Bibendum beat off stiff competition from notable rivals.

Sommelier Wine Awards 2014: General Excellence Award

The Sommelier Wine Awards are the trade-specialist awards. The judging panel recognised that Bibendum had built on the success of the previous year's New World Merchant of the Year Award with a depth of award winners across the Old and New World. The judges commented that "The company has worked hard to beef up its European offering over the past few years, and this paid off."


Restaurant Magazine Chef's Choice Awards 2014: Best Drinks Supplier

Professionals across the restaurant industry were asked to nominate suppliers that were consistently excellent and contribute to a "stress-free supply chain."


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