Posted June 15, 2016
LCBO announces 2016 Elsie award winners
Toronto – The LCBO today announced winners of its 2016 Elsie awards – a play on “LCBO” – at awards held in Toronto recognizing its suppliers and their agents for innovation, creativity and commitment to customer service and social responsibility in 28 categories.
“This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the Elsie Awards, providing the LCBO the opportunity to honour its trade partners for their innovation, focus on customer service and support,” said Carolyn O’Grady Gold, LCBO Director of Wines and Co-Chair of the Elsie Awards. “While all of LCBO’s trade partners contribute to our success, the Elsie Awards give us the opportunity to recognize those who have set themselves apart by going above and beyond to deliver excellence.”
Burlington’s Nickel Brook Brewing earned Elsie’s Made in Ontario award.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Brown-Forman Corporation
BEST SPECIAL EVENT: Labatt Breweries of Canada – Goose Island Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Stout
BEST FOOD & DRINK WINE: Glencairn Wine Merchants
ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT: Yealands Estate – Peter Yealands, Principal
BEST FOOD & DRINK AD: Andrew Peller Ltd.
BEST GIFT ITEM: Charton-Hobbs Inc. – Veuve Clicquot Brut Mailbox
BEST NICHE MARKETING: HHD Imports Inc. – Year of the Monkey Pinot Noir
VQA EXCELLENCE AWARD: Constellation Brands
VINTAGES PORTFOLIO AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Noble Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.
BEST INTEGRATED MARKETING PROGRAM: Constellation Brands – Pure New Zealand, Pure Nobilo
BEST VINTAGES EVENT: Trialto Wine Group Limited – Barolo Time Machine – Walk-around Tasting & Dinner
MADE IN ONTARIO: Better Bitters – Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
BEST NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH: SPIRITS & READY-TO-DRINK: Diageo Canada Inc. – Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
BEST NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH: WINES: Corby Spirit and Wine – Jackob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz
BEST NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH: BEERS: Von Terra Enterprises Ltd. – Sierra Nevada
PARTNERSHIP AWARD: PRODUCT FLOW: Antonella Quagliozzi – Profile Wine Group
PARTNERSHIP AWARD: SUPPLY CHAIN: Escalade Wines & Spirits
PARTNERSHIP IN TRAINING AWARD: Rogers & Company – The Wines of Nino Franco – Product Consultant Regional Conference, Winter 2015
PARTNERSHIP AWARD: BEERS: Andrew Kelen – Labatt Breweries of Canada
PARTNERSHIP AWARD: VINTAGES: Colin Halpern – Halpern Enterprises
PARTNERSHIP AWARD: WINES: Rob Convery – Philippe Dandurand Wines
PARTNERSHIP AWARD: WINES: Matt Wicksted – Philippe Dandurand Wines
PARTNERSHIP AWARD: SPIRITS & READY-TO-DRINK: Ryan Keery – Beam Suntory
PARTNERSHIP AWARD: SPIRITS & READY-TO-DRINK: Patrick Sweeney – Beam Suntory
PARTNERSHIP AWARD: SPIRITS & READY-TO-DRINK: Keith Pinto – Beam Suntory
PARTNERSHIP AWARD: RETAIL: Jane Petrie – Constellation Brands
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: Gord Stimmell
AGENT/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD: MAGNUM: Connexion Oenophilia
AGENT/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD: DOUBLE MAGNUM: Canada Dry Mott’s Inc.
AGENT/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD: IMPERIAL: Labatt Breweries of Canada