Sanitarium Health Food Company has been named 2020 Supplier of the Year by major retail trading partner Woolworths.
“Sanitarium shares our ambition to support the wellbeing of the communities we serve, continuing to develop new healthier options across the grocery aisles,” said Woolworths director of buying, Paul Harker.
Woolworths thanked Sanitarium for its commitment to food security during the pandemic, with Sanitarium being the first supplier to support its Basics Box initiative that provided vulnerable Australians with ongoing access to pantry essentials, while panic buying ravaged supermarket aisles.
“Sanitarium’s dedication to customers also drove their rapid response in the early stages of the pandemic. Their teams quickly consolidated production and pack sizes to keep up with demand and ensure their products made it to our shelves as quickly as possible,” said Mr Harker.
Sanitarium’s Cordell Van Heerden was also recognised as a finalist in the National Account Manager of the Year category.
“It’s a real privilege to lead such a positive, hard-working group of people who collectively turn up and make incredible things happen every day,” said Todd Saunders, Executive General Manager of Sanitarium Health Food Company.
“Being recognised by Woolworths as Supplier of the Year is testament to [our staff’s] outstanding efforts and the truly special culture we have here that unites us behind our founding purpose.”
More than 80 per cent of Sanitarium products have a Health Star Rating of 4 or more and in September, Sanitarium was named among the top three healthiest brands at the supermarket by the annual The State of Food Supply report published by The George Institute.