Palmer and Harvey, the UK’s biggest delivered wholesaler, celebrated some of the UK’s most outstanding retailers and suppliers at the Pro-retail Awards last week.
Bottled water brand Highland Spring has invested £1.6m in a new integrated marketing and sponsorship campaign designed to help families get active and enjoy tennis.
A gang of thieves who targeted cash and carry customers has been jailed for a total of 30 years after wholesalers worked with police to track them down.
Dhamecha Cash and Carry, one of London's largest and most successful independent wholesalers has announced the acquisition of its eighth depot site. In a significant strategic move beyond their traditional heartland of London, the new depot will be located in Leicester, East Midlands - as revealed by Wholesale News back in February.
Reynolds extends its offer into meat and fish
Reynolds Catering Supplies, the Hertfordshire-based fresh produce wholesaler, has extended its offer into fresh meat, poultry and fish, living up to its motto of "More than just a greengrocer".
Pernod Ricard UK unveils summer marketing push led by Mojito
Pernod Ricard's rum brand, Havana Club, will be the star of the company's summer drinks drive, and will feature in a campaign built around the Mojito, the UK's most popular make-at-home cocktail. Malibu and Jacob's Creek are amonth the other brands featured.
JJ Food Service teams up with Lavazza in coffee goodies giveaway
Foodservice wholesaler JJ Food Service has partnered up with Lavazza Coffee to offer caterers coffee-related goodies via social media ahead of National Coffee Week (which commences on May 4, 2015).
Ginsters launches microwaveable breakfast range
Savoury snack brand Ginsters is expanding its portfolio with the launch of its first-ever microwavable breakfast range. The initial two SKUs – Bacon Roll and Breakfast Wrap - will launch into convenience, impulse and forecourt channels on April 22 2015, "bringing Ginsters’ quality British ingredients to breakfast time", according to the company.
Foodservice wholesaler invests £750K in green depot refurb
kff, the Aylesford, Kent-based national foodservice wholesaler, has kicked off what it describes as “ambitious expansion plans” with a £750,000 refurbishment of its Witney, Oxon depot.
Johnnie Walker creates glass that's music to drinkers' ears
To celebrate the Johnnie Walker & Ginger Ale serve, Diageo has launched The Boldest Glass, described as “a marriage of the latest innovations in technology and sensory science”. The glass can communicate directly with the drinker, with an overall aim of enhancing the Johnnie & Ginger flavours and creating an immersive experience.
Mondelez puts on the Ritz with mega-launch
Mondelēz International is taking on the bagged snacks market with Ritz - the world’s top-selling savoury biscuit brand.
Imperial adds papers to JPS RYO
From this month, pouches of Imperial Tobacco's JPS roll-your-own will include rolling papers. Imperial says the move brings JPS in line with other economy RYO products and will be phased in across the range as existing stock sells through.
Co-op plans c-store expansion as group returns to profit
The Co-operative Group today revealed plans to open around 100 new convenience stores as it returned to profit after a disastrous few years.
Kopparberg launches "world's first" frozen cider
Cider maker Kopparberg is claiming a world first with a new frozen fruit cider packaged in a pouch.
Caterway, the Nottinghamshire wholesaler which carved out a niche for itself by serving the fish and chip shop trade, has ceased trading after failing to secure fresh investment, it emerged this week. Over 20 jobs have been lost.
Aldi overtakes Waitrose as discount sector flies
German discounter Aldi has overtaken Waitrose to become the UK’s sixth-largest supermarket chain, figures released today show.
Maxxium UK hoping to make a splash with JB Apple
Maxxium UK is launching Jim Beam Apple - available from May onwards, the new flavour aims to recruit consumers into the US Whiskey category.
Blakemore gets students ready for the job market
Wholesaler AF Blakemore’s volunteers have helped a record-breaking 1,500 students prepare for the world of work with practice interviews so far this financial year, the company said last week.
Booker Group: Sales rise and the hunt is on for a new chairman
Booker Group today reported total sales up 1.5%, compared to last year - taking them to £4.75bn (including Makro) for the 52 weeks to March 27, 2015.
CRG refocuses on mainland UK and Ireland
Country Range Group is changing its business structure to focus solely on wholesalers based in the UK and Ireland.
Kopparberg launches Fagerhult Swedish beer in the UK
Speciality Scandinavian cider maker Kopparberg is launching Fagerhult Swedish beer in the UK next month.
McVitie's sweetens up TV screens with new Delichoc
United Biscuits (UB), today launches the latest TV ad in its McVitie’s “sweeet” campaign, and the first for its new biscuit, McVitie’s DeliChoc. As well as showcasing the new line, the £1.7m ad campaign introduces a brand new member of the “Sweeet” animal family – the alpaca (pictured).
Fairway Foodservice increases collective turnover by 11% to £556m
Fairway Foodservice’s members have increased their collective turnover by 11%, generating £556m for the year-end 2014, it was announced today (March 30).
Landmark connects with caterers with new foodservice focus
Landmark Wholesale has launched a new foodservice programme called Caterer Connections in an effort to address what the group calls "the complex challenges and demands faced by those in the foodservice and catering trades".
Suszczenia promoted to joint MD of Parfetts
Parfetts' trading director Greg Suszczenia (pictured) has been promoted to the position of joint managing director - working alongside David Grimes - with immediate effect.
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