The Government is to fast-track legislation on plain packaging for cigarettes before the General Election, it emerged last night (January 21). The announcement comes after years of uncertainty, delay and conflicting claims about the success of an Australian scheme.
While the move has been welcomed by doctors and health campaigners, tobacco manufacturers and other interested parties appear to have been united in their condemnation of last night’s announcement that the Government will be pushing through a vote on plain packaging of tobacco products before May’s General Election – meaning that plain packs could be on shelves as soon as 2016.
Natural and organic wholesaler and distributor Tree of Life is exclusively launching US brand Sencha Naturals into the UK with Green Tea Leaf Mints.
Popcorn brand Butterkist is back on television for the first time since 2011 with a £2m TV campaign.
Two Brothers Foods – a new wholesaler serving the South West
A new wholesale foodservice wholesaler launched in the South West this month with a pledge to be “passionate about produce and serious about service”.
Budgens signs up to 02 Moments
Budgens this week announced it is now a partner in the O2 Moments initiative, which boasts around five million active users in the UK.
Rowan's Russell to take reins at Blakemore Wholesale
AF Blakemore has announced the appointment of James Russell, former MD of discount wholesaler Rowan International, as its new managing director, with specific responsibility for the company’s Wholesale Distribution division.
Ex-Booker Mike Baker arrives at Budgens while John Pattison takes leads at Londis
Musgrave Retail Partners GB has appointed Mike Baker as Budgens brand director and John Pattison as brand director at Londis as part of the group’s restructuring to turn the business around.
Bidvest 3663 joins the campaign to reduce hospitality VAT
Bidvest 3663 has become the first major foodservice distributor to join the VAT Club Jacques Borel.
Sales Ignite on Imperial Tobacco’s partner programme
Imperial Tobacco says its Ignite trade partner programme is recording strong figures as it celebrates its first birthday.
JJ Food Service launches National Chip Week campaign
Foodservice-specialist JJ Food Service will be helping customers to capitalise on National Chip Week (February 16-22) with a raft of chip and potato-themed promotions.
A lesson in good nutrition from Bidvest 3663 and Unilever Food Solutions
Bidvest 3663 and Unilever have already donated more than 55,000 meals to the World Food Programme’s (WFP) school feeding project in East Timor, Indonesia.
World’s consumers prepared to “buy” convenience
Today’s consumers are prepared to ‘buy’ convenience to simplify their hectic lifestyles, according to a new report from Euromonitor International.
More education contracts for JJ Food Service
JJ Food Service, the Enfield-based wholesaler, was last week (January 6) awarded contracts to supply Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council in West Yorkshire.
Blakemore Trade Partners grows its Spar forecourt presence
Blakemore Trade Partners has signed three new multiple-site forecourt retailers to its estate since August last year.
Sweet start to the year for Hancocks with new Kent depot
Confectionery wholesaler Hancocks is poised to open a brand new cash and carry in Rochester, Kent.
Caterers helped to make the most of cheese
Bidvest 3663 has created a digital cheese guide to help customers maximise opportunities in the cheese category.
Private label sales on the rise
The UK continues to see growth in private label sales, according to a new report.
Private Label in Western Economies from shopper intelligence firm consultancy IRI says the UK continues to see the highest private label sales in Europe.
Trade urged to look out for tobacco voucher scam
Tobacco manufacturer Imperial Tobacco is warning retailers to be aware of a JPS voucher scam, which is currently being used by some tobacco shoppers.
New website for FWD
The Federation of Wholesale Distibutors has revamped its website, http://www.fwd.co.uk.
Booker's Wilson to be keynote speaker at 2015 SWA conference
Booker's group CEO Charles Wilson (pictured) is among the high-profile keynote speakers at next June's Scottish Wholesale Association conference, it was announced today (December 17).
CRG brings home the bacon
Country Range Group has launched a new unsmoked back bacon to help caterers take advantage of the growing out-of-home breakfast occasion.
SWA kicks off 2015 mentoring programme
The Scottish Wholesale Association is looking for new candidates to join its Mentoring Programme following what it says has been a resounding success over the past two years.
Tune in to reduce waste with Brakes
Foodservice wholesaler Brakes and waste reduction specialists Wrap have joined forces to create a series of online videos to help inspire chefs with practical tips and ideas to reduce food waste.
Registration - a real win for all legitimate and law-abiding wholesalers
A new registration scheme for alcohol wholesalers announced today (December 10) will be "a massive boost for legitimate traders and taxpayers", according to the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD).
Allergen support for foodservice wholesalers
Country Range Group (CRG) has launched an interactive support website to help caterers cope with upcoming legislation requiring them to be fully transparent with consumers about allergens in their dishes.
Watch Imperial Tobacco's latest anti-illicit video
Imperial Tobacco has released its third short film, as part of its Suspect it? Report it! anti-illicit trade campaign.
3663 unveils its newest depot
Bidvest 3663 is now operating from its brand new depot in Chepstow.
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