THE 2018 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.

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.

 Included with the Gala Dinner is a full course meal, entertainment, featured products, product coupons and a memorable night!

Included with the Gala Dinner is a full course meal, entertainment, featured products, product coupons and a memorable night!

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

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.

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.

Innovation award

This award is given to a DCI Retailer/Shareholder or Supplier Partner who has established an innovative product or initiative in 2017 where their results have had proven success with their sales, traffic, branding/exposure, or new business deals and ventures.

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.

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. 

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.

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

2018 DCI Star Awards Winners

2018 RETAILER OF THE YEAR:
Farm Boy Inc.

2018 PARTNER OF THE YEAR:
Italpasta Ltd.

2018 INNOVATION AWARD: 
Galleria Supermarket - for their magazine called 'The With' 

2018 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD:
Garden Foods - for their work with their local food bank

2018 LEADER OF THE YEAR:
Giancarlo Trimarchi - Vince's Market

2018: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
David Powell - Atlantic Grocery Distributors