Sterling Supergroup’s annual turnover is now in excess of £490m, chief executive Anne Tomlinson told this year’s annual conference.
She revealed that more than £100m of this turnover was in foodservice frozen foods and told delegates that Sterling had been at the forefront in recognising the importance of foodservice and predicted it would continue to grow.
During 2005, significant new members have been recruited, she said, including Waterdene Foodservice of Leighton Buzzard, King Foods of Aberdeen, Mancunian Foods of Bury, Caterfood of Paignton and Miller Foodservice of York. At the conference she was able to announce the recruitment of two additional members, Freezer Fare of Clacton on Sea and Hannah Foods of Skelmersdale, which have added approximately £38m of turnover to the group.
Tomlinson said many existing members had also expanded their operations during the year, with Chadds of Bude, Osbornes of Plymouth, J R of Exeter and South Lincs Foodservice of Boston either moving into larger premises or expanding their operations on existing sites.
Keith McClure of McClures of Windermere, chairman of Sterling Supergroup, said that although the trading environment was not getting any easier, the strength of the group and co-operation between members was a reason for great optimism.
More than 200 delegates and guests attended the annual conference which was staged at the Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort, Hensol Park, in Cardiff.
The conference incorporated a trade show and exhibition that was attended by 66 suppliers and manufacturers.