P&H update #2: Today’s and JJ Food Service offer support to staff and customers after wholesaler enters administration

Two leading wholesalers, Today’s Group and JJ Food Service, have today offered their support to staff and customers after Palmer & Harvey, the UK’s biggest delivered wholesaler, fell into administration arlier this week.

Today’s said in a statement: “The Today’s Group’s initial thoughts are for the hard-working employees and industry colleagues working at Palmer and Harvey following the announcement yesterday that the organisation has entered administration. While the wholesale channel is renowned for its fierce competition, it is also a channel where mutual respect prevails, particularly of a business with such a great heritage.

“This event serves as sobering evidence of the impact that ‘thin’ wholesale margins can have and the influence on choice when other operators are able to leverage power to grow share.

“Today’s Group also recognise that thousands of independent and multiple account customers could also be adversely affected in the short term. The Group is working in collaboration with key suppliers to ensure upweighted stock holdings and key pricing on critical items in order for independent businesses to be confident in making their local Today’s Group member wholesalers first choice to support this change.”

JJ, meanwhile, said it wanted to offer its support to the staff who had lost their jobs; CEO of JJ Food Service, Mustafa Kiamil, said: “P&H has been around for nearly a century – it is a tragedy to see a fellow wholesaler fall victim to such challenging trading conditions. We would like to encourage all the employees who have been affected to visit our careers page.

“JJ Food Service has eleven branches across the UK, supplying more than 60,000 caterers and food outlets with products including soft drinks, confectionery, fresh produce, packaging and hygiene lines. The business is the preferred wholesale distributor of Lavazza Coffee in the UK.

“We would also like to extend our support to the retailers and forecourts who have been left without a supplier,” added Kiamil.

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