Plans to give local authorities the power to change Sunday trading hours are a blow for independent shops, says the Federation of Wholesale Distributors, whose members supply and support about 72,000 retail businesses.
JJ Food Service has this week launched a smart app, which employs machine learning technology to make suggestions based on previous shopping habits, resulting in what the wholesaler is calling "a quicker, easier and more efficient shop" for its customers.
Diageo's Johnnie Walker whisky brand, the Department for Transport’s ‘THINK!’ road safety campaign and McLaren Honda launched a unique anti-drink driving campaign at the British Grand Prix yesterday (July 5). The campaign saw the signatures of Jenson Button (pictured), Fernando Alonso, McLaren chairman and CEO Ron Dennis and racing director Eric Boullier feature alongside the #JOINTHEPACT and ‘THINK!’ logos on the side of the McLaren Honda car to remind people not to drink and drive.
Blakemore Retail, which owns and operates more than 290 Spar stores across England and Wales, spent a month fundraising for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal, set up by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), and last month handed over a cheque for £14,173 to the appeal.
All Absolut-ly welcome
Absolut is celebrating its legacy within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community, with the introduction of an Absolut Colours bottle for the 70cl Original variant. Available now, the bottle will also host a neck collar including simple serve suggestions.
Bestway scraps card charges for customers
Bestway and Batleys have abolished credit card charges across all their trading platforms. The group said today that from this week it will no longer charge its customers for credit card transactions across its websites, mobile app or at its 60 Bestway and Batleys depots nationwide.
Top awards go to Birchall and Brakes
Burnley-based Birchall Foodservice is celebrating a triple-win – scooping two awards from two separate events on the same night.
Budgens expands fresh offer with own-brand salads
Budgens, the independent retail brand currently owned by Musgrave GB but which will - subject to regulatory approval - eventually be owned by Booker, is launching the third wave of its new Budgens own label this week.
Blakemore Wholesale relaunches Lifestyle Express package
In a effort to grow and develop its stores group, Blakemore Wholesale is re-launching its symbol group package Lifestyle Express.
Hunt's Foodservice supports Dorset food festival in fundraising drive
Hunt’s Foodservice, the Dorset-based family-owned wholesaler, is sponsoring Harbour Bites at the West Bay Food Weekend 2015 in an effort to raise money for charity and awareness of food and drink from the South-West.
Today’s Group launches new carrier bags range for retailers
Today’s Group has launched branded carrier bags for retailers made with 30% recycled materials, available in two variants – a large Vest Carrier bag with Today’s Essentials and Select branding (11x17x21 inches) and a thicker Flexiloop bag (450x450x120mm) with a durable handle.
JTI aims to get ahead of the Curv with new e-cig
JTI is extending its successful e-cigarette brand, E-Lites, with the launch of a new brand, E-Lites Curv. Available nationwide from July 1, JTI says the new range "offers a modern, innovative alternative for existing adult smokers and vapers".
P&H appoints J Sainsbury's Helen Buck as its new COO
Palmer and Harvey, the UK’s biggest delivered wholesaler, today (June 25) announced the appointment of Helen Buck as chief operating officer. Buck (pictured) who will take up the newly-created role in November, will focus on supporting Palmer and Harvey’s long-term strategic development, as it looks to deliver a step change in the growth of the business.
Blakemore and YMCA open social enterprise
Blakemore Trade Partners and YMCA North Staffordshire have launched their very first SPAR social enterprise in Hanley, Stoke on Trent.
Maxxium UK creates smaller outers for wholesale channel
Maxxium UK has announced it is "responding to the needs of the independent trade" by increasing the availability of its premium spirits in smaller case formats.
JJ Foodservice improves fish offer
Wholesaler JJ Food Service today announced that it has doubled its frozen fish range following a "successful response" to its first-ever fish and chip promotional brochure.
As sales fall, consumers would be willing to pay more for milk, says new report
Retailer price wars have seen the average price paid for milk, that staple of top-up and convenience shopping, fall in recent years and consumers can now pick up for a four pint bottle for as little as 89p. However, new research from Mintel reveals that consumers would actually be prepared to pay more for the white stuff.
Double whammy: Galaxy launches new Duet sub-brand
Mars Chocolate UK will be launching a brand-new sub-brand called Galaxy Duet in September, intended as a new permanent addition to the £216m Galaxy family, and as a new category in the chocolate confectionery market.
Sold out: FWD's the Whole Story will play out to capacity crowd
The last remaining ticket for the FWD's annual conference sold yesterday (Thursday) underlining the unprecedented demand from wholesalers and suppliers for a seat at the industry's most important gathering in the calendar.
Creed Foodservice named as a Living Wage Employer
Creed Foodservice, the Cheltenham-based national wholesaler, has been awarded the Living Wage Employer Mark in recognition of its commitment to paying all employees and subcontractors at least the Living Wage of £7.85 an hour.
Appleby Westward invests in stores and price cuts
Appleby Westward, the regional distribution company/wholesaler for Spar stores in the South West, announced this week that it is committing "significant investment to pricing support and store investment".
New chairman for Booker
Booker announced today (17 June) the appointment of former Müller Dairies boss Stewart Gilliland as its new non-executive chairman. Stewart will succeed Richard Rose who, as previously announced, is stepping down at the conclusion of the AGM to be held on 8 July 2015.
SWA Conference: Wholesalers must evolve
Scotland's wholesalers must adapt the way they do business to keep apace with ever-changing and evolving trends in the marketplace. That was one of the key messages from Asim Sarwar (pictured), president of the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA), in his opening presentation at the trade body’s annual conference at Crieff last weekend (June 12 - 14).
BBF Brands promotes Southern Comfort ahead of summer
Southern Comfort, from Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, is hoping to encourage the nation to embrace "Whatever’s Comfortable" this summer with a humourous new ad campaign airing for the first time in the UK next Monday (June 22) in cinemas.
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