Henderson Group investment programme continues as turnover rises

Northern Ireland-based Henderson Group, with wholesaling, retailing and foodservice divisions, this week announced a +9.6% increase in turnover during 2011.

The family-run company based in Mallusk, NI servicing more than 400 outlets trading under the Spar, Eurospar and Vivo brands in Northern Ireland, reported turnover of £583.2m last year. However, profit on ordinary activities before taxation decreased slightly to £13.6m following “significant” investments in new store acquisitions, refurbishments and other capital projects.

Paddy Doody, sales and marketing director of Henderson Wholesale said: “Due to the current challenging economic conditions, we are more focused than ever on continuing to provide the best customer service, value for money, operational efficiency and management of our cost base. We made a major investment into new sites and technologies last year and our aim is to keep the spotlight on every aspect of the business.”

Part of the Henderson Group’s strategic plan is to place a strong focus on its ‘Famous for Fresh’ ethos. In 2011 it noted that more than 75% of its local, fresh produce was produced, packed and distributed in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.”

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