AF Blakemore held its annual series of roadshows for Spar retailers across its territory to discuss current industry forecasts.
The roadshows took place in four regional events and Blakemore says more than 125 retailers attended.
Mike Boardman, trading director for Blakemore, said: “We are going to look at the way we deal with our suppliers and aim to get to number one on their agenda. We are building better relationships with them through planning to get the best deals and offers for Spar.”
Plans to expand wholesale warehouse capacity in chilled and fresh foods were unveiled and a relaunch of the Spar fresh range was announced.
Blakemore has also launched its online ordering system through its website, listing more than 6,000 lines, while hand held scanners have been introduced to help retailers with ordering.