UK’s top 30 wholesalers revealed, Booker at the top

Booker remains the UK’s biggest wholesaler by turnover, according to an annual list published this week.

According to the latest The Big 30 Wholesalers report in The Grocer magazine, Booker has a turnover of £4.99bn, ahead of Palmer & Harvey (£4.44bn), Brakes (£3.09bn), Bidvest Foodservice (£2.52bn) and Bestway (£2.17bn). Booker is also, by some distance, the biggest wholesaler in terms of depots (197), staff employed (13,144) and profit (£150m, up 8.6% on the previous year).

There were two new entries in the list: Matthew Clark owner Conviviality (No.10), and Wing Yip, the oriental foods specialist (No. 30). Conviviality also had the biggest rise in turnover – up 137% – reflecting the contribution the acquisition of Matthew Clark has made.Spar wholesaler Appleby Westard (No.26) also saw turnover rise by almost 30%. Landmark was the best-performing wholesale group.

Across the top 30, profits were down 4.7% on last year, with Bestway and HT & Co. (Drinks) hit hardest, down 55% and 88% respectively. However, a number of wholesalers in the list posted huge profit rises – among them Bidvest (up 68%), household and personal care specialist DCS Group (up 98%), Spar wholesaler James Hall (up 56%) and butchery specialist Fairfax Meadow (up 63.7%). Average margin was 1.5%, with Wing Yip (4.6%) and JJ Food Service (5.2%) having the highest margins in the list.

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