Dunns Food and Drinks Ltd, the Blantyre, Lanarkshire-based delivered wholesaler and soft drinks manufacturer, today announced that it has acquired craft and world beer specialist Dameck Drinks Scotland for an undisclosed sum.
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is launching a new digital shopper marketing trial to engage retailers and drive awareness of its 2014 “Share a Coke” campaign.
Conviviality Retail, owner of the Wine Rack and Bargain Booze off-licence chains, this week launched a warehouse-style UK retail brand called BB Warehouse, which promises to undercut rivals’ wine, beer and spirit prices. One vistor described it as “a Costco of booze”.
UK off-trade ales of alcoholic drinks for at-home consumption are up 15% in the last five years, although volumes are in decline thanks to rising prices and a health conscious younger generation.
Bestway Group acquires The Co-op’s Pharmacy business
Bestway Group (“Bestway”) has acquired the Co-op’s pharmacy business for a purchase price of £620m. The transaction is due to complete in October 2014, following final separation of the Pharmacy business from Co-op.
Blakemore’s Heart Distribution re-brands, and also wins award
AF Blakemore’s Heart Distribution division has been rebranded as Blakemore Fine Foods and has also been recognised with a prestigious national “responsible business” award.
Bidvest 3663 aims to keep it “pure and simple”
Foodservice wholesaler Bidvest 3663 launched its Christmas range this week, on a dedicated webpage earlier than ever before, allowing caterers more time to get started on their preparations for the party season.
Summer sun drives Appleby Westward sales and service
Appleby Westward is boasting what it says are record service levels to its Spar retailers and a “big jump” in year-on-year sales on the back of good summer weather.
Sales, profits up at United Wholesale
One of the UK’s top independent wholesalers, Glasgow-based United Wholesale Scotland, announced a positive set of results this week.
Spar ups digital game
Spar UK’s digital activity is leading the way in UK groups, with its online domain attracting record visitors each month, the symbol operator claimed this week.
New suspect arrested in connection with C&C owner’s death
Police this week arrested a seventh man in connection with the death of East London cash and carry owner Shammi Atwal (pictured) last year.
Limited edition Pall Mall packs for August
British American Tobacco (BAT) is next month launching two limited edition packs on its best-selling capsule cigarette range, Pall Mall No.1.
Search is on for the UK’s Independent Shop of the Year
The 11th annual Startups Awards launched this week and is now open for entries, including a search for the new Independent Shop of the Year.
Have your say in the Government “plain tobacco packs” consultation
The Government today launched a six-week consultation into its proposals to introduce standardised packaging for tobacco products.
Andrew Selley takes the helm at Bidvest 3663
Bidvest 3663 has appointed Andrew Selley to the newly-created role of chief executive.
New chilled ranges from Bestway & Batleys
Bestway Batleys has added three new chilled ranges to its food and drink line-up to take advantage of the fact that chilled and fresh now accounts for two out of every three baskets through convenience stores.
New tobacco study puts EU losses to illicit trade at €11bn
One in every 10 cigarettes consumed in the European Union in 2013 were illicit, 33% of which were ‘illicit whites”, an emerging type of illegal, branded cigarettes manufactured for the sole purpose of being smuggled, according to a KPMG study just published.
Spar Scotland keeps on giving
CJ Lang & Son, owners and operators of Spar Scotland, raised more than £70,000 last year for local causes and charities.
Tetley peddles into summer with Tour de France
Tetley began its summer season of brand activity this month with sampling and promotions as the major corporate sponsorship at the Tour de France celebrations in Sheffield.
Brakes launches “greener” unbleached packaging
Brakes is changing all of its white cardboard packaging to unbleached brown packaging as part of its ongoing commitment to the environment.
Grocery sales on the up again, inflation down
The grocery market grew 2.8% in the 12 weeks to 22 June after a historic low of 1.7% last period, according to new data from researcher Kantar Worldpanel.
Bestway appoints new category manager for wines
Bestway Group is aiming to bolster its licensed category management team with the appointment of a dedicated resource for the wine category. Bill Creighton has been recruited as the Group’s first-ever category manager for wines and has already taken up his role at Bestway HQ in Park Royal, London.
World Cup boosts beer sales
England may have made an early exit from the 2014 World Cup, but, as many predicted, the first week of the tournament saw a big rise in beer and cider sales.
Sunmagic ties in with kids’ blockbuster movie
Fruit juice and smoothie brand Sunmagic, is launching a two-week radio ad campaign with Global Radio’s 95.8 Capital FM, to support its exclusive soft drinks partnership with How to Train Your Dragon 2, the family blockbuster from DreamWorks Animation which is being released in the UK & Ireland on July 13.
UB launches £4m campaign for overhaul of Go Ahead biscuit range
Following on from the relaunch of the McVitie’s and Jacob’s ranges earlier this year, United Biscuits is now launching a £4m marketing push for Go Ahead, its “healthier” biscuit brand.
SWA and SGF join-up to tackle illicit trading
Two leading trade associations have joined forces in a bid to combat the illicit alcohol trade in Scotland.
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Country Range Group goes 80s-tastic
Country Range Group showed the rest of the wholesaling industry how to party last night with an 80s-themed gala dinner and fancy dress to close its annual trade show and conference.
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