High street price cuts deepened last month (February) as fresh food costs dropped at the fastest pace for at least eight years, according to industry figures that will reinforce expectations the UK is headed for a brief period of deflation. Food prices fell for the second consecutive month, leading to 0.4% deflation in the shops.
Heineken has unveiled its latest activation support for the UEFA Champions League (UCL). Kicking off in time for the semi-finals on April 28 and leveraging the brand’s ninth-consecutive year of sponsorship with Europe’s premier club football tournament, this season’s support package includes exciting new promotions, offering shoppers the chance to win tickets to this season’s biggest matches, says the brewer.
Parfetts, the employee-owned wholesaler, today published its annual report and results with the news that pre-tax profits for the year ending June 30, 2014 stood at £3.6m on turnover that increased by 3% to £308.7m.
FWD is inviting its members to attend a free briefing on the opportunity for suppliers to increase their brand presence in foodservice through partnership with wholesalers. Intended for those who are new to wholesale, or would like to learn more about the sector and its customers, it takes place at Birchall Foodservice in Burnley on April 22.
Cheese Cellar rebrands as Harvey & Brockless
Cheese Cellar, the London-based specialist cheese and fine food wholesaler, is to rebrand as Harvey & Brockless later this month.
Gallo launches low-alcohol wines for millennials
California wine giant E&J Gallo is hoping to woo young "millennials" intimidated by wine with the launch of new, low alcohol sparkling wines in tropical fruit flavours.
Creed Foodservice puts more on the menu for customers with new development chef
Creed Foodservice has appointed a new development chef Rob Owen (pictured) – the former executive chef of Gloucestershire-based Wesley House Ltd, parent company of the two-Rosette restaurant and wine bar The Royal Oak at Gretton, Wesley House in Winchcombe and the Wesley House outside catering brand.
Strawberry Pimm's O'Clock!
Diageo is to expand its Pimm's range with the launch of a new line Pimm’s Strawberry with a Hint of Mint. Launching across all channels in April 2015, the new variant will be supported by a six-figure marketing spend. Pimm’s Strawberry with a Hint of Mint will available in 70cl (including price-marked pack), 1L and also in a new premix can.
Britvic launches new adult soft drinks range
Britvic Soft Drinks, is launching J₂O Spritz, a new lightly sparkling adult soft drink, into the on-trade and foodservice sectors, with a retail channel launch planned later in the year.
Bidvest 3663 signs up with The Priory Group in £4.6m deal
Bidvest 3663 has won a £4.6m, two-year contract to supply the 198 health and care facilities of specialist drug and alcohol rehabilitation business The Priory Group.
CBI: "Profit shouldn't be a dirty word"
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) this week called for an end to “profit” being used like a "dirty word" and more open conversation about why the profits businesses make ultimately benefit consumers.
- Philly goes lactose-free
Distributor imbibes the spirit of Spain
Independent wine and spirits distributor, Cellar Trends, has added two premium spirit brands and a leading wine brand to its portfolio. From this month, it takes over all sales, distribution and marketing for Soberano and Lepanto Spanish brandies; and, from March 1, Mar De Frades Albarino Wine.
Maxxium UK adds to premium drinks portfolio
Drinks distributor Maxxium UK has broadened its premium portfolio with additional Beam Suntory brands including single malt Scotch whiskies, Auchentoshan, Bowmore and Glen Garioch; acclaimed Japanese whiskies, Hibiki, Yamazaki and Hakushu; and Midori, the melon liqueur.
Bestway: Delivered sales top £650m
Bestway announced this morning (February 25) that it had clocked up delivered sales of over £650m in retail for the first time.
Gillette launches new hi-tech razor
P&G’s grooming brand Gillette is introducing what it calls is "a new ground breaking razor", the Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology.
Bestway Buddies offer sweet PoRs
Bestway Wholesale is promoting Buddies, its exclusive label of kids' confectionery and drinks, throughout March with a "tailored, margin-enhanced" price promotion.
Bidvest buys stake in wholesaler Hensons
Bidvest Fresh, the meat, poultry, fish, seafood and dairy arm of foodservice giant Bidvest 3663, has bought a “majority” stake in London-based meat wholesaler Hensons Foods.
Bestway-exclusive new Lucozade "one-day-only" test launch sells out
Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ltd last Friday chose Bestway's Park Royal, North London, depot to test-launch the new Lucozade Sport Mango & Passion Fruit variant to the trade - and sold out of all stock within hours.
Bestway posts record profits
The Bestway Group, the UK's fourth-biggest wholesaler and second-largest C&C, this morning announced its financial results for the year ended 30 June 2014. The Group’s annual turnover increased by 1.2% to just under £2.6bn, up from £2.5bn in 2013. Profit before tax for the year ended 30 June 2014 was up 44.7% to £267.1m from £184.6m in 2013. All group businesses "continued to be profitable", said CEO Zameer Choudrey.
Third generation MD for Birchall Foodservice
Birchall Foodservice is celebrating the appointment of its third generation MD.
DoH publishes results of plain packaging consultation
The Department of Health (DoH) this afternoon published the results of its consultation into plain or standardised packaging of tobacco products - and it appears the vast majority of respondents were opposed to the idea.
Booker "now the UK's biggest wholesaler"
Booker has leapfrogged Palmer & Harvey as the UK’s biggest wholesaler by turnover, according to a new report.
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