The Federation of Wholesale Distributors is warning retailers this week to beware of illegal wholesale operations after a spate of raids on independent stores found alcohol products on which UK duty had not been paid.
Iglo Group, the owner of the Birds Eye brand, launched a multi-million pound “The Food of Life” campaign this week.
Some of Britain’s biggest food and drink businesses have pledged practical support for students studying for the UK’s first-ever food engineering degree.
Scotland’s food and drink will be available across the world under a new plan for a massive push on international exports.
Imperial launches L&B Blue cigarettes
Imperial Tobacco is next week (3 March) launching L&B Blue cigarettes into the best-selling Lambert & Butler range. Available in packs of King Size 19s cigarettes and also available in a smooth variant, L&B Blue will be positioned within the “Sub-Economy” price sector with an RRP of £6.40; Price-marked packs (PMPs) are also available, while stocks last.
Plassey Food ups its game with Sanderson tech
Fresh and frozen specialist Plassey Food has awarded its IT system contract to software solutions company Sanderson.
High Street and wholesaler sales rise again, says CBI
Retail sales grew strongly in the year to February 2014, beating expectations, and at the fastest pace since June 2012, according to the CBI’s latest quarterly Distributive Trades Survey.
Moy Park continues support for scholarship scheme
Foodservice specialist Moy Park has selected the second scholar under the British Poultry Council’s scholarship scheme.
New liveshoplocal site aims to boost indie shops
Liveshop local, the organisation whose mission is to be “champion of small and independent shops” is encouraging local organisations to interact more in the community through its newly re-launched website, liveshoplocal.co.uk.
Landmark appoints Spivey as its first-ever on-trade supremo
As part of a drive to develop its relationship with on-trade suppliers, Landmark Wholesale has appointed Martin Spivey in the brand new role of licensed on-trade controller.
Jägermeister on TV for first time
Jägermeister, the UK’s third best-selling spirit [CGA data MAT to 30.11.2013] and No. 1 best-selling speciality spirit [Millward Brown], is set to launch its first-ever TV advertising campaign in the UK next week.
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Landmark trumpets high margins on Lifestyle
Landmark Wholesale has rolled out a new grocery promotion for retailers - Great Value Groceries.
Charles Wilson urges suppliers to look beyond the supermarkets for growth
Booker CEO Charles Wilson this week said the dominance of supermarket was waning amid the changing global economy and food markets.
Electronic cigarette brand Vype takes to the small screen
Vype, the electronic cigarette brand from Nicoventures, has launched a national TV advertising campaign to run across terrestrial and satellite TV.
Costco launches “hassle free” van hire scheme with Hertz 24/7
Costco customers can now hire vans for just £13 an hour thanks to a new partnership between the warehouse club and leading hire specialist Hertz 24/7.
New food and drink industry group aims to boost recycling in Scotland
A new group made up of companies operating in the drinks and food packaging supply chain has been established to work closely with the Scottish Government to help it boost recycling, and provide partnership support for waste reduction and anti-littering programmes.
Country Range Group becomes newest FWD member
Country Range Group, which represents 16 independent wholesale food suppliers operating from 25 depots throughout the UK and Channel Islands, has joined the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (the UK association for food and drinks wholesalers) as a full member.
Bestway Group profits up 6.5%
The Bestway Group last week announced its financial results for the year ended 30 June 2013. The Group’s annual turnover increased by 1.2% to £2.52bn, up from from £2.49 bn in 2012. Profit before tax for the year ended 30 June 2013 was up 6.6% from £173.2m in 2012 to £184.6m.
Gordon & MacPhail once again sponsors the Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Awards
Gordon & MacPhail, one of the UK’s leading independent wine, spirit and whisky wholesalers, is once again sponsoring the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards.
Spar footfall climbs following TV campaign launch
Spar UK says it has seen a 4% increase in basket spend since the start of its TV campaign, combined with a reversal of a negative trend in footfall.
Londis secures long-term forecourts agreement
Brobot Petroleum, the East Midlands-based forecourt retailer, has awarded Londis, its current supplier, with a long term supply agreement.
RH Amar creates new sales role to service wholesalers
Fine food distributor RH Amar is continuing to strengthen its team with two new appointments as it looks forward to a landmark 70th anniversary in 2015.
Essential Drinks brings in Nick Reed to spearhead sales strategy
Essential Drinks, part of the Quintessential Brands Group, has appointed Nick Reed as sales director.
New marketing director joins the fold at General Mills
General Mills UK, Ireland and Nordic has appointed Jennifer Jorgensen as marketing director.
FWD urges MUP in a bid to stem supers’ sales
Alcohol wholesalers this week asked Home Office Minister Norman Baker to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol to prevent supermarkets’ deep discounting of beer, wine and spirits.
Williams takes the hot seat: The new FWD chairman shares some thoughts
Martin Williams, MD of Landmark Wholesale, is the new chairman of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors. Here he outlines some of his plans for his tenure and his thoughts on UK Wholesaling PLC.
Confectionery specialist Hancocks racks up strong sales growth
Specialist confectionery wholesaler Hancocks this week reported yet another year of solid performance, growing by 5% year-on-year with the festive trading period achieving 16% sales growth on the previous year.
Wholesalers agree code on ethics, integrity and fairness
Members of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors have agreed a new Code of Conduct to establish the highest professional standards in the wholesale sector.
Bestway to drive chilled and fresh with a new category controller
Bestway has signalled its intention to develop its chilled and fresh business by bringing in Steve Carter as chilled and fresh category controller.
Retailers recorded rising crime in 2013
Last year retailers suffered the highest level of theft for nine year with the average value of items stolen going up by 62% to £177.
Bestway launches search for best indie retailers
Bestway has announced the launch of a search to find the most improved retailers in the UK.
Rowan publishes record results as discount sector continues to expand
Discount channel wholesaler Rowan announced its strongest ever annual figures this week. The company recorded a turnover of £66.8m in the 2013 calendar year – a rise of 15.5% compared to the previous twelve months.
Diet and food sourcing concerns influences diners’ choice of eating out venue
Foodservice analyst Horizons’ latest QuickBite consumer eating out survey, conducted online by YouGov, and published this week, shows that welcome signs of recovery in Britain’s eating out market are being accompanied by concerns over food quality, the sourcing and provenance of ingredients and health and lifestyle factors. These issues are influencing where consumers choose to eat out, says Horizons.
Palmer and Harvey’s Burns Night bash raises £80K for GroceryAid
Palmer and Harvey’s Burns Night celebration, held last weekend (25th January 2014) raised in excess of £80,000 for industry charity GroceryAid.
Landmark’s Martin Williams announced as new FWD chairman
Landmark Wholesale managing director Martin Williams will take over from Booker’s Guy Farrant as chairman of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) in April.
Sales of electronic cigarettes to under-18s banned
Under-18s in England are to be banned from buying electronic cigarettes, the government announced earlier this week.
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