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 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 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.
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.
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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.
Mars kicks off Fairtrade Fortnight with chocolate pledge
Mars Chocolate UK and The Fairtrade Foundation announced late on Friday that they are extending their global cocoa partnership with a commitment to source Fairtrade certified cocoa for all Mars Bars in the UK and Ireland by autumn 2015.
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.
New look for Lindemans
Treasury Wine Estates will be rolling out new packaging for its leading Australian heritage wine brand, Lindemans, from March, with the final SKUs rolled out by the end of May. The new look forms part of a new Lindemans brand identity, which aims to reflect the brand’s heritage "and offer greater clarity for shoppers by bringing the entire portfolio together under the new logo, while clearly differentiating each range."
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.
Awards acknowledge Creed Foodservice employees
Creed Foodservice last week hosted its first-ever annual staff awards dinner attended by more than 60 employees from its Staverton and Ilkeston distribution centres.
3663 Catering Equipment secures Pizza Express contract extension
3663 Catering Equipment, a specialist division of Bidvest 3663, has extended its contract with Hony Capital to supply non-foods to Pizza Express restaurants in the UK and China in a three year deal worth £4.5m.
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.
Heinz: Seven (new) varieties
Heinz has today announced that it will be adding a total of seven new flavours to its Cup Soup range. The company will add another four Classic Soup recipes, as well as introduce three recipes from its popular Black Label range to the instant soup category for the first time.
UPDATED: CJ Lang triumphs at SWA Awards
CJ LANG & Son, the long-established Dundee-based independent food and drink wholesaler, has been named the best wholesale business in the country at the prestigious Scottish Wholesale Achievers, the awards initiative created and organised by the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) to recognise professionalism and excellence across all sectors of the industry in Scotland (pictured).
Blakemore launches its first graduate scheme
A F Blakemore is set to launch a two-year programme, starting in July this year, which will see it recruit four graduates across four areas of the business in a bid to develop future leaders for the company.
Bestway creates UK's largest indie pharma chain
Following its £620million acquisition of the Co-Op Pharmacy chain last October, Bestway yesterday announced that it was creating the UK’s largest independent chemist chain (780 branches nationwide) under the new name Well – marking the start of what Bestway claims is "a £200m investment injection that will drive growth and create hundreds of jobs across the UK".
Sweeet! United Biscuits launches £3m McVitie's campaign
United Biscuits (UB) is offering consumers a one in ten chance to win their very own McVitie’s "sweeet" friend character, representing one of the four animals featured in the hugely popular McVitie’s adverts of last year. UB has invested £3m in the on-pack promotion, including television advertising, "as part of a broader commitment to help drive continued growth in the biscuit category".
Alfa C&C gets extra cash to fund expansion and improved service offer
Glasgow-based cash and carry Alfa Wholesale has announced plans to expand its product range and service operations following additional investment into the business supported by RBS - just three years after being devasted by a fire.
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