Booker this week posted like-for-like sales of 2.4% and pre-tax profit up 16% for the half year to September 12, 2014 as its success story continues to play out based on its Focus, Drive and Broaden strategy and the integration of the Makro business.
Essex-based Hills Prospect is the latest wholesaler to join the on-trade division of the Today’s Group.
General manager of JJ Foodservice Terry Larkin, is all set to embark on a 3,000 mile trip across Europe in a 1987 Mini in aid of the children’s charity Variety.
Delivered wholesaler Brakes this week assured caterers it was ready to help them meet the new NHS food standards.
Pernod Ricard invests in three key brands
Pernod Ricard UK announced today (October 16) that it was putting "significant investment" behind three of its brands, to drive demand amongst consumers and growth for its customers. Each of the campaigns, which are for Jameson, Chivas Regal and Brancott Estate, offers something bespoke, from creating a digital community to celebrate craftsmanship, to calling on Hollywood’s finest to launch a search for social entrepreneurs.
Wholesalers feature in the Sunday Times Top Track 250 survey of mid-sized private companies
Four wholesalers - Kitwave Group from North Shields, Enfield-based JJ Food Service, foodservice supplier Reynolds and London’s Elbrook C&C - have been ranked in the latest Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table, at 158, 167, 183 and 249 respectively.
US company aims to shake up UK e-cig market with “game changing” vapouriser
V2 Cigs, a leading US e-cigarette company, is this month launching its range of e-cigs and high-tech vapourisers in the UK and is aiming to shake up the fragmented but fast-growing market. Palmer & Harvey and Confex group C&Cs are the first wholesalers to stock the range.
Wholesalers and suppliers are coming together under the banner of FWD to develop ideas to build long-term sustainable business for the sector.
Are you a Gold Medal winner?
The judges have spoken, and the winners of the 2014 FWD Gold Medal awards have been chosen – but the industry will have to wait until November 27 to find out who they are.
New plans to help low-paid retail and hospitality workers
A competition for retail and hospitality firms to win a share of £2m to come up with ways of supporting their lower paid staff to increase their earnings has launched.
New £300m "bakery superpower" created following Fletchers deal
Fletchers Group of Bakeries, one of the UK’s best-known and longest-established bakery firms, has been sold to Finsbury Food Group for £56m – a deal which will create one of the largest specialist bakery companies in the UK, with a turnover of £300m-plus. Fletchers has a dedicated foodservice wholesale business, Kara, which is thought to be part of the deal.
E-cigs can appear in TV ads, watchdog rules
Expect to see a rash of advertising for electronic cigarettes from next month, following a new ad watchdog ruling, which will come into force on 10 November.
Rolo's back, asking: "Do You Love Anyone Enough...?"
Nestlé Confectionery's chocolate brand Rolo today announced that it was launching a new marketing campaign, which once again asks the nation the famous question: "Do you love anyone enough to give them your last Rolo?"
JJ Food Service grows profit by 65% to £7.5m
Enfield-based, family-owned wholesaler JJ Food Service achieved pre-tax profits of £7.5m for the year ended 31 March 2014, compared with £4.5m for the previous year. Turnover was down slightly at £182.7m compared with £185.5m for the previous year.
Bestway completes Co-Op Pharmacy deal
Bestway Group today (October 6) took formal control of the Co-operative Group’s Pharmacy business, following July’s announcement of the £620m deal.
Spar makes it shorter by a stretch
Spar’s streamlined consolidation centre system is reducing the distance delivery lorries take by 7.4 million miles a year, the symbol group announced last week.
TWE launches wine PMPs for convenience channel
For the first time ever, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has launching a range of price-marked bottles for its top-selling wine brands in the £6-8 price bracket, Wolf Blass and Lindeman’s.
Average Brit splashes out £50,000 on a lifetime's drinking
The average Briton spends £49,581 on booze in their lifetime, with a further one million of the population spending £167,000, according to new research unveiled this afternoon.
Tetley takes Green Tea to the digital world
This week sees the start of Tetley’s very first digital campaign for its range of Green Teas.
JJ's offers fully-traceable Brit lamb and beef
Enfield-based wholesaler JJ Food Service has launched a new range of fresh British beef and Welsh lamb which it claims will help restaurants, gastro-pubs and other eateries to cater for the growing requirement for fully-traceable, locally-sourced food ingredients.
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Aldi smashes Big Four and reports 65% rise in pre-tax profits
In news that will make extremely troubling reading for the beleaguered “Big Four” grocers, Aldi UK today unveiled "record" results for the year to 31 December 2013.
Sales continue their upward trend
Latest CBI business stats report a positive trading environment for wholesalers with 60% reporting that sales volumes increased in the year to September with more growth anticipated.
Fairway Foodservice marks 30th anniversary with £600,000 in deals and 59 new products
Buying Group Fairway Foodservice this month (September) celebrated 30 years in business with more than £600,000 worth of orders when its birthday party coincided with its biannual “Meet the Member” event.
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