Greencore has won the prestigious IGD Award for Learning and Development, sponsored by Sainsbury’s.

Last night (Tuesday, 2nd October), more than 600 senior executives gathered at the IGD Awards to raise a toast to the food and industry’s achievements over the last 12 months.

Greencore received the industry accolade for its Line Manager Framework – Grow With Greencore initiative, which marked the move from traditional methods to a flexible culture where learning on-the-go and from peer-to-peer is the norm.


Stuart Comer, Head of Group Technical & Digital Learning at Sainsbury’s, said: “Greencore has clearly demonstrated how investing in L&D can not only provide a game changing shift in line manager’s capability, but can also impact wider business strategic development. Their approach was immersive, collaborative and innovative. Their new programme utilised the latest learning methodology and thinking, and presented learners with engaging, cutting-edge tools and resources that encouraged a community led approach to learning and cultural change.”


Nick Downing, Commercial Director at IGD said: “Since 1991 the IGD awards have celebrated the achievements of over 540 winners across the food and grocery industry. Every year the entries somehow manage to top the last with this year being no exception, raising the bar even higher. Yet again we received a very large number of entries from companies of all sizes, demonstrating the innovative, high-quality work taking place across our industry.

Our industry had faced some challenging times over the last 12 months yet continues to impress us all with it determination and innovative ways to continue surprising and delighting shoppers. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.”

About the IGD Awards

The winners of the IGD Awards were selected by a panel of industry experts, including representatives from IGD and companies from across the food and grocery supply chain.

IGD is a research and training charity which sits at the heart of the food and grocery industry. It has a trading subsidiary that provides commercial services. The profits from these commercial services fund the charity.


Winners of the IGD Awards

For a full list of the winners of the IGD Awards 2018, please visit

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