Cider maker Westons is to give its flagship premium Henry Westons brand, a new look with brighter and simpler packaging, to appeal to a broader consumer group while reinforcing its premium positioning.
Glasgow wholesaler JW Filshill has expanded into the export market, setting up JW Filshill International Ltd – trading as The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland – to help Scottish craft brewers sell to the lucrative Asia market. The new company, with support from Scottish Development International (SDI) and Scotland Food & Drink, is drawing on the expertise of David Moore, a respected Asia Pacific consultant, and beer industry veteran Chris Miller, ex-chief executive of Harviestoun Brewery.
FWD chairman Martin Williams last week warned the industry to prepare for a bitter price war between the major multiples as they try to wrestle back market share from the discount sector and each other.
Bestway has launched a new smartphone app for retailers, which it says will “revolutionise” the retail experience for its customers.
“Suppliers must look to channels outside the big supermarkets”
David Cattrall, Booker sales director for catering, has urged suppliers to reconsider how they target wholesalers as their importance continues to grow in both the retail and foodservice channels.
Wholesale customers need margin reassurance
Alfa Wholesale in Glasgow prides itself on being different. Trading from just 15,000sq ft it manages to pack in all the essential FMCG lines, but is also famous north of the border for its ethnic offer – from Middle Eastern and Turkish to Chinese and Afro-Caribbean.
Wanis celebrates its 50th birthday with a high-glam bash
East London wholesaler Wanis International continued celebrating its 50th Anniversary in great style this month with a “World Bazaar”-themed extravaganza at Forman’s Fish Island.
JJ Foodservice’s web service “helps boost caterers’ sales by £35K a year” says CEO
FOODit, a restaurant website-building service that supports caterers to get their businesses online and to optimise their visibility via search engines, is helping foodservice operators attract “hundreds of extra customers and boost sales by up to £35,000,” according to its CEO.
Appleby Westward to invest for growth
South-Westen Spar wholesaler Appleby Westward is to invest millions in a growth stategy, parent company BWG's chief executive Leo Crawford said this week at Appleby Westward's annual tradeshow.
Germany's Metro sells stake in Booker
German retailer Metro has sold its stake in Booker Wholesaler for £196m. The two formed a strategic partnership in May 2012 when Booker bought Metro's Makro outlets in the UK
MP gets first-hand experience to understand wholesale business
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.
Bidvest 3663 helps customers turn bakery products into dough
Bidvest 3663, has created an interactive online tool to help customers quickly and easily make the right choice when buying bakery products.
JJ Food Service aims to broaden customer base to high-end market
Specialist wholesaler JJ Food Service this week 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.
JTI launches new trade website
JTI has launched a new website for retailers, designed to provide key category insights, news on product developments and up to date industry and legislative information. Launching this month, the JTI Advance trade website aims to become “an invaluable tool for retailers to help support and develop their tobacco business.”
Kingsmill invests to drive growth in bakery
Allied Bakeries’ Kingsmill brand is to launch a new product as part of its bakery portfolio - Kingsmill Sandwich Thins. The launch is supported by a significant £8.4m infrastructure investment at its Glasgow bakery.
Roll up, roll up! Marlboro launches RYO variant
Philip Morris Ltd (PML) this week announced it is launching a roll-you-own (RYO) variant of Marlboro, 90 years after the iconic cigarette brand was launched.
Three-year, £1.4m contract for 3663
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.
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