Diageo North America Celebrates Top Performing Partners At Virtual 10th Annual Supplier Awards

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Diageo North America celebrated its 10th Annual Supplier Awards this week in a virtual ceremony, recognizing those partners that have driven value for the company by delivering outstanding quality, innovation, service and performance.

“We are honored to recognize our valued partners and show them appreciation for their contributions, especially for the critical role they have played to help Diageo maintain operations in such a challenging operating environment,” Perry Jones, President, Diageo North America Supply & Procurement. “By working with our suppliers and agencies, we not only delivered high-quality products, but were able to market them responsibly, and improve our collective impact, ensuring sustainable supply chains and reducing our environmental impact.”

This year, the awards were given to 12 partners in nine categories, each representing specific supply and demand criteria that positively impacted the company's success in the past year and demonstrated strong commitment to Diageo's business.

Below are the categories and winners for Diageo’s 2020 Supplier Awards:

Supplier of the Year:

Harris & Ford, LLC (Indianapolis, IN)

Distinguished Honors - Special Projects:

Bank of America (Charlotte, NC)

Tysam Tech, LLC (Christiansted, VI)

Diversity Excellence:

7 Gen Logistics (Ithaca, NY)

The Spearhead Group, Inc. (Yardley, PA)

Value Creation:

Vitro Glass (Toluca, MX)

Breakthrough Performance:

Anomaly (New York, NY)

Breakthrough Collaboration:

HighJump Logistics (Minneapolis, MN)

Service Excellence:

Crown Mexico (Monterrey, MX)

Enthuse Marketing / Inspira (New York, NY / Norwalk, CT)

Quality Excellence:

Hub Folding Box Company (Mansfield, MA)

Innovation Excellence:

Instacart (San Francisco, CA)

Category Descriptions:

Supplier of the Year:  Collaborative and proactive, this partner has driven value for Diageo by providing superior quality, service, innovation, and value – delivered overall stellar performance. Award criteria includes outstanding industry performance, social responsibility, and commitment to safety, environmental awareness and sustainability.

Distinguished Honors – Special Projects: These partners have made a substantial, positive impact on one or more Diageo brands or critical projects, and demonstrated leadership by initiating and propelling new and creative project ideas on time, on budget, and through proactive risk and opportunity identification. 

Diversity Excellence: These suppliers are diverse enterprises that have exemplified outstanding performance in execution and value creation. These supply partners have demonstrated flexibility to align with continuously changing requirements and exemplifies Diageo's mission to expand opportunities for diverse supplier enterprises. 

Value Creation: This supplier has demonstrated the deepest commitment to Diageo's continuous improvement culture while driving year over year cost reductions and overall value. This partner also helps Diageo create and maintain value creation through reliable performance, understanding of business needs and dedication to driving joint value.

Breakthrough Performance: This supplier has successfully overcome challenging performance goals by delivering outstanding and measurable improvements in service, quality, and value.

Breakthrough Collaboration: This supplier has demonstrated a deep commitment to proactively identifying risks and opportunities in collaboration with key stakeholders across the business, while exhibiting exceptional communications capabilities and fostering an environment of teamwork. 

Service Excellence: These partners have exceeded expectations in flexibility and responsiveness to meet changing supply chain requirements. They have also demonstrated a firm understanding of Diageo business needs and successfully delivered finished goods and/or services on time, in full, and as ordered. 

Quality Excellence: This supplier has demonstrated outstanding quality of the goods and/or services to Diageo. Award criteria includes the supplier's contributions to capability improvements, root cause problem solving, and Six Sigma methodology to create and sustain zero-defect processes and supply chains. 

Innovation Excellence: This partner has demonstrated brilliant execution with new Diageo innovations and product offerings. Partnering closely with Diageo on special projects, this supplier has provided breakthrough performance and speed to market despite demanding timelines and changing requirements. Award criteria includes the supplier's impact on Diageo's ability to achieve sales growth and market share gain.