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Northern Irish Landmark Wholesale member, Henderson Foodservice, has acquired Independent Catering Services (ICS).

Established in 2005, ICS has grown turnover to more than pound;10m, supplying ambient and chilled products to nearly 1,300 caterers.

A Bedfordshire man has been sentenced to eight months in jail after being found guilty of smuggling tobacco. The total duty lost is estimated at pound;84,750. A car, horse box and cash were also seized.

Independent retailers must avoid the temptation to buy illegal stocks of beer to compete with supermarkets’ irresponsible promotions, says the FWD. Asda’s recent pound;11 deal on Budweiser 24x300ml packs means the supermarket is selling to the consumer at less than the price that legitimate wholesalers can offer to c-stores and off licences. The FWD believes this will boost the illicit trade in non-duty paid beer.

DBC Foodservice has launched a new premium, split-pack bacon product to strengthen its meat offering and to help customers minimise wastage.

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