PepsiCo launches van service to help retailers hit by P&H collapse

PepsiCo UK is to establish a new van sales operation to deliver Walkers snack products direct to independent retailers, food service operators and the licensed trade following the demise of Palmer and Harvey (P&H).

The new operation will provide a direct-to-store service with Walkers-branded vans delivering products to thousands of outlets around the country.

PespsiCo said it is in discussions with a third party to provide warehousing and depot services to support the operation.

Huseyin Tulpar, vice-president of impulse sales at PepsiCo UK, said: “The wholesale market is experiencing a significant amount of change and our focus is to ensure that our customers’ needs are being met in the absence of the important direct to store service previously provided by P&H.

“By establishing our own van sales delivery operation, we can quickly replace that service and ensure our retail customers are getting the direct-to-store service and the continuity of supply they require. It is part of our long-standing commitment to the impulse market and to supporting local retailers.”

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