THE DCI STAR AWARDS

The annual DCI Star Awards commences during the evening Gala Dinner of the DCI Business Summit. An elegant affair, the DCI Star Awards recognizes the key partners, retailers, and innovative products and initiatives that are happening in our industry. 

Evening Host and Comedian, Pete Zedlacher emcees the annual DCI Star Awards which commenced during the evening Gala Dinner of the 2018 DCI Business Summit.

Leading up to the DCI Business Summit, the Star Awards choices go through a detailed elimination and voting process. First, it includes a call for nominations within the grocery retail industry for each of DCI's Star Awards categories. From there, each nomination is carefully reviewed by the DCI Events committee who consist of retailers and partners, and media representatives from across the country. The nominations are then narrowed down to the top three for each choice (except for the DCI Lifetime Achievement Award). Each person of the events committee then vote anonymously on an online voting platform of their top pick for each category. From there, the nomination who received the most top picks will win the category. 

DCI Star Awards Categories & Nominations 2019

Retailer Of The Year

This award is given to a DCI Retailer/Shareholder who has been monumental within the food retail industry. Whether it be an increased image or branding presence, innovation in the marketplace, or general accountability, this award exemplifies the outstanding work that is currently being done to help further the success of our industry.

2019 Nominees:
Vince’s Country Market
FKK Wholesale
Pino’s Get Fresh
Kudrinko’s
Sun Valley Market
Country Grocer (IIBG)
Rabba Fine Foods
Central Fresh Market

Partner Of The Year

This award is given to a DCI Supplier Partner who has been monumental within the food retail industry. Known for their outstanding business relationships including easiness and availability, or their experience as a leader and advisor, this award exemplifies the outstanding work as a preferred business supplier partner within our industry.

2019 Nominees:
Parmalat Canada
Loblaw Companies
Sleeman Breweries
Chapman’s Ice Cream

Innovation award

This award is given to a DCI Retailer/Shareholder or Supplier Partner who has established an innovative product or initiative in 2018 where their results have had proven success with their sales, traffic, branding/exposure, or new business deals and ventures.

2019 Nominees:
CJR Wholesale
Vince’s Country Market
Summerhill Market
Burnbrae Farms

Social Responsibility Award

This award is given to a DCI Retailer/Shareholder or Supplier Partner who has shown commitment or leadership within a community based initiative, a green/environmental initiative or a charitable initiative.

2019 Nominees:
Sun Valley Market
Kudrinko’s
Pino’s Get Fresh
Galleria Supermarket
Vince’s Country Market

Leader Of The Year*

This award is given to an individual who has shown exemplary leadership and has acted as a beacon of light and knowledge within the industry. Whether it be guiding others toward successful partnerships, or acting as an altruistic leader and inspiration, this award recognizes the hard work and dedication it takes to be a person within our industry that many respect. 

2019 Nominees:
Jeff O’Neill - Weston Foods
Todd Newstead - CFIG
Dave Powell - Atlantic Grocery Distributors
Giancarlo Trimarchi - Vince’s Country Market
Greg McGrath - Italpasta

Lifetime Achievement Award

The highest honour - this award recognizes an individual who has been exemplary within the food retail industry. Either they have pioneered a successful venture, or have done the 'impossible' to most - this award solidifies their success and brings forth their accomplishment(s) for all to celebrate.

Recipient to be announced at the Gala Dinner

*This award may not be given out every year. Subject to the decision of the DCI Events Committee.