Brisbane Markets Produce Finalist again!

 

Congratulations Simon’s! Simon’s Gourmet Gallery has been recognised for the 4th year in a row as a Finalist for the Brisbane Produce Markets Retailer of the Year competition!

More than 100 independent fruit and vegetable retailers throughout South-East Queensland participate in the Brisbane Produce Market’s retailer program, which rewards excellence in fresh produce retailing.

The program is designed for independent greengrocers who regularly buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the Brisbane Produce Market. To be a part of the program all greengrocers must be committed to striving for excellence in fresh produce retailing and provide the highest levels of customer service. The top 25 businesses within the Brisbane Produce Market are awarded as finalists.

Finalists are chosen on customer service, quality produce, product knowledge, shop appearance, merchandising, and commitment to Brisbane Markets initiatives. The team at Brisbane Produce Market have the final say on which stores become finalists, and then decide based on store reports and results. Participating fruit and vegetable retailers are mystery shopped twice in a six month period to determine which businesses excel in all categories.

This year was the first year that new prizes in the competition were introduced. Independent greengrocers were able to win ‘Best for Customer Service’ ($2500 prize) and ‘Best for Display/Merchandising’ ($2500 prize). The winner of the Retailer of the Year competition receives a $10,000 prize!

The Brisbane Product Market at Rocklea sells and distributes produce that is trucked, railed, shipped and flown from throughout Australia to the Rocklea site. Simon’s buys all produce from the markets because of the quality and freshness of the produce.  Not to mention supporting other local businesses.

Simon’s has regular communication with the Brisbane Produce Market to discuss mystery shopper results and how we can better serve the community. We constantly thrive to improve customer service, product quality, product knowledge, shop appearance and merchandising.

 

Simon’s celebrated the achievement last month at the Brisbane Produce Market Gala Dinner. The night took place at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre and we had the wonderful company of Brisbane Produce Markets wholesalers, other retailers and industry representatives.

For the special occasion the Simon’s ladies opted for our favourite frocks, and the men looked sharp in their suits! We enjoyed a three-course meal and PLENTY of entertainment! Some of our favourite produce we enjoyed on the night was crispy asparagus, sweet corn mash (we hadn’t tried this before), and sautéed mushrooms in delicious gravy. We were also treated to gourmet meats – an eight-hour slow cooked Rib Fillet and grain-fed Chicken.

With champagne glasses in hand we danced the night away to some of our favourites including the Nutbush! And we laughed the night away with a comedy duo act. OH, and how can we forget the stunning and talented cha cha girls who performed on stage throughout the evening! A great night was had by all and we can’t wait for next year!



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