Conservative MP James Wharton paid a visit to a Batleys depot in Stockton-on-Tees as part of an FWD initiative to make parliamentarians aware of the contribution wholesalers make in their constituencies.
Specialist wholesaler JJ Food Service today (September 2) announced that it is broadening its customer base to supply gastro-pubs, restaurants and hotels. The operator previously focused on a core customer base of cafes, coffee shops and quick service restaurants, as well as schools and local authorities.
Philip Morris Ltd (PML) today announced that it will be launching a roll-you-own (RYO) variant of Marlboro, 90 years after the iconic cigarette brand was launched.
Bidvest 3663 has won a £1.4m contract to supply Plymouth City Council with a range of food and catering products for the next three years.
JJ Food Service aims to make new allergen legislation easy for customers
JJ Food Service, an Enfield based specialist wholesaler, is hoping to help make implementation of the new allergen regulation easy for its catering, on-trade and foodservice customers by re-designing the labels on its own-brand range; and ensuring that 100% of its supplier base is compliant with the new allergen regulations.
Bestway offers over 40% PoR in new promo
Bestway and Batleys is to launch an exclusive promotion its own-label range, Best-in, next month offering retailers the opportunity to stock up on fourteen £10 deals across 36 top selling SKUs.
All Landmark members need to make Big Night In go with a bang
Landmark Wholesale is spotlighting the top 12 bestselling products for a night at home in front of the TV with a special promotion on each product plus an extra £25 saving if retailers take advantage of all the offers.
Blakemore volunteers transform sheltered housing
Green fingered employees from A F Blakemore’s wholesale division have swapped picking trucks for plants and shovels to create a tranquil garden area at a women’s refuge in Wolverhampton.
“Ban e-cigs indoors”, says WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) today said that there should a ban on the use of e-cigarettes indoors.
Hensons extends gourmet range for National Burger Day
Hensons, the London-based wholesaler and catering butcher, has launched two new North African-flavoured burgers to celebrate National Burger Day on August 27.
Prosecco growth fails to burst Champagne’s bubble
Prosecco’s explosive UK growth has not come at the expense of Champagne, which held its volume and saw value sales increase by 2.2%, according to the Lanson Champagne Category Report 2014.
Today’s Group customers get highly mobile
The Plan for Profit digital guide to core ranging from Today’s Group has hit a record of more than 21,000 visitors over the past year with 30% accessing the tool via a mobile phone or tablet, the wholesale group claimed this week.
Battle of the coconut waters hots up
With coconut water one of the hottest and fastest-going non-alcoholic drinks categories in the UK (worth over £22m at retail, according to Nielsen, and forecast to become a £100m market in the coming years), it was only a matter of time before the cola giants got involved.
Bacardi Rum back on TV and elsewhere
Bacardi, the world’s best-selling rum brand, is back on TV this week with a rerun of its “Bacardi Untameable Since 1862” campaign.
Wholesale on a roll after flurry of buyouts and expansion activity
The confidence of UK wholesaling appears at an all-time high following a series of mega-deals in the past fortnight, culminating in Bestway’s £620m acquisition of the Co-Operative Group’s pharmacy business.
Next phase in the Birds Eye revamp
Frozen food brand Birds Eye has unveiled a new logo and packaging as part of its repositioning under its “The Food of Life” advertising campaign.
Downton Abbey wines to launch this autumn
This autumn will see the return to our screens of the hit ITV series Downton Abbey – but this time round viewers can enjoy a nice glass of Downton wine with their favourite show.
"Thirty-one pubs close every week"
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has this week launched a campaign urging the UK Government to close a legal loophole allowing pubs to be demolished or converted into supermarkets without planning permission.
Dhamecha tries out virtual assistant for Coke campaign
London-based wholesaler Dhamecha has been chosen by Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) to exclusively trial a new digital shopper marketing initiative which makes use of innovative digital technology.
Nestlé to launch Kit Kat Chunky Caramel bar
Nestlé Confectionery’s flagship brand Kit Kat, which has an RSV of £184m [IRI Value Sales 52 w/e 21st June 2014], has announced what the company calls “our most significant launch for its Chunky format in fifteen years” – Kit Kat Chunky Double Caramel.
Investment in tech plus increased productivity equals a good year for Filshill
Ongoing investment in technology, increased productivity and improving operating cost efficiencies helped Glasgow-based wholesaler JW Filshill achieve a turnover of £158m in the year to January 31, 2014 in what the company called a “highly competitive and challenging retail marketplace”.
Bestway launches own-label fruit and veg for retailers
Bestway today (August 11) launched launched a new own-label fruit and vegetable range for its Best-In retailers.
New ops director for Bestway Group
Bestway is pleased to announce the appointment of Rizwan Pervez as operations director for the group with immediate effect.
Bakery wholesaler bought by PE consortium
Specialist bakery wholesaler BFP Wholesale has been sold to private equity consortium Zimt Holding for an undisclosed sum, it was announced today (August 4).
Procter & Gamble to wield axe on 100 brands
Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest FMCG company whose global sales top £50bn a year and whose brands include Pampers, Gillette, Ariel and Fairy, has announced that up to 100 of its least profitable brands will be axed as it looks to streamline its costs and focus on its core brands.
Premier Foods to launch new raft of PMPs
Premier Foods is relaunching price-marked packs (PMPs) across its core range of products.
Join the campaign to "feed Britain’s future"
Businesses from across the food and grocery sector have pledged their support for the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign spearheaded by IGD, the food and grocery research and training charity.
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