Neil Turton, managing director of Nisa-Today’s, highlighted the substantial investment the group has made in its supply chain.
He pointed out that as a mutual organisation that was owned by its members, Nisa-Today’s did not need to make money for external shareholders and was therefore able to plan for the long term.
Turton said the investment of £30m in new distribution facilities at Harlow, due to open in the autumn, demonstrated the group’s confidence in the future of the sector.
Many studies had shown the growing demand for fresh food, he said, and a key focus for the group was enabling its independent retail customers to compete in this area.
“Customers had perhaps given up expecting to see decent fresh food in
local stores and this is something that has been done really well in the multiples’ stores during the last decade,” said
“We have invested huge amounts in chilled distribution to our customers. Small case sizes and 2,500 product lines will help us and our customers be sustainable into the future.”