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Alcohol wholesaler registration already a success, claims FWD Subscription

19 Apr 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

About 17% of the 7,400 businesses that applied for the scheme have been rejected

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Blakemore acquires five stores from County Stores administrators Subscription

19 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

County Stores Holdings fell into administration on 6 April due to “difficult trading conditions”

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Wholesalers win reprieve following 'unbelievable' AWRS delays Subscription

13 Apr 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

HMRC took 12 months to issue AWRS licences, giving rejected wholesalers insufficient time to appeal late decision

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AF Blakemore and High Noon battle over forecourt proceeds Subscription

12 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Blakemore paid £376,000 to High Noon in November 2016 to help pay for wages and fuel


Bonds owner Innovative Bites swoops for Hancocks in £100m deal Subscription

12 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

American food wholesaler Innovative Bites has swooped to add Hancocks Cash & Carry to its growing confectionery empire in a deal worth about £100m, The Grocer can reveal.

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Blakemore celebrates centenary with sustainable business grants Subscription

12 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Blakemore said it hoped the launch of the 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme would help grow sustainable businesses

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution to supply 220 RVS stores Subscription

11 Apr 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Blakemore will take over the supply of grocery, impulse, chilled and frozen food & drink for RVS hospital shops

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Spar wholesaler Henderson sees record financial year Subscription

11 Apr 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Henderson increased pre-tax profits by 11% to £24m and invested a record £34m throughout retail infrastructure and employment

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DX Group shareholder Gatemore aims to block John Menzies deal Subscription

11 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The companies said the merger would result in yearly savings of £8m to £12m


Bidfood profits soar 12% as it slashes administration costs Subscription

06 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

BFS Group, parent company of Bidfood, has reported a pre-tax profits rise of 12% to £45.9m for the year to the end of June 2016


Palmer & Harvey and Costcutter to close The BuyCo Subscription

05 Apr 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Palmer & Harvey will now take the buying function back in house

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Palmer & Harvey extends key Tesco tobacco contract for three more years Subscription

31 Mar 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

New contract will allay immediate concerns about the future of the delivered wholesale giant

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Landmark Wholesale drops 100 retailers from Lifestyle Express Subscription

23 Mar 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

  Landmark has also raised the minimum entry level for new stores

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Wellocks cuts out substitutions with live online ordering Subscription

23 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Customers registered to Wellocks’ online system have a unique PIN to access the system

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Imperial Brands and JTI confirm Palmer & Harvey stake talks Subscription

21 Mar 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

According to Sky News, the tobacco giants are considering investing tens of millions of pounds into P&H…

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Bmorelocal's fifth store opens in Kenton, Newcastle

20 Mar 2017 Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The wholesaler first launched the fascia last May

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P&H hails power of the Morrisons Daily brand Subscription

02 Mar 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

  Morrisons Daily forecourt sales ‘gathering pace quickly’ says Martyn Ward…

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The Fine Food Angel launches cut-price fine food ordering Subscription

01 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

15 retailers, including Sussex Farm Shop of the Year Cowdray, and 45 artisan producers, have signed up so far…

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CJ Lang blames deflation and weather for 1% sales fall Subscription

22 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Pre-tax profits fell to £914,000, down 25% from £1.2m last year

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Palmer & Harvey launches new transactional website Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The first phase of the new website went live on 7 February with 200 retailers

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Russell Grant resigns from Blakemore Wholesale MD position Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution MD James Russell will take over the role on an interim basis

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Bestway warns retailers over unregistered booze sellers Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS) was announced in 2013’s autumn statement by then chancellor George Osborne

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Bidvest Foodservice announces Bidfood name change Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The company has already implemented the name change in other countries such as Australia and New Zealand

CompareTheWholsaler Webpage price comparison site relaunches Subscription

15 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The site features nearly 1,500 products ranging from big brands to artisanal producers…

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United dominates Scottish Wholesale Achievers awards Subscription

13 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

United Wholesale Scotland named Scotland’s top wholesaler at the 15th annual awards in Edinburgh

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Make fools of alcohol fraudsters

03 Apr 2017 | By James Bielby

The introduction on 1 April of a new registration regime for alcohol wholesalers is of huge significance

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Fight this PayPoint landgrab

27 Mar 2017 | By Steve Parfett

Steve Parfett is unimpressed with PayPoint’s new EPoS system for indies

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Iceland’s Malcolm Walker celebrates independent retail spirit Subscription

07 Mar 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The yearly celebration that is The Grocer Annual Lunch saw representatives from the UK’s Big 30 wholesalers and the Top 50 independent retailers come together to reflect on the past year and plan for the future

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Suddenly wholesale is hot. It's in demand. It's happening Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Adam Leyland

Wholesale has never been sexy. Sexist perhaps: it’s an industry full of white van men. But not sexy

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The Big 30 wholesalers 2017: Why Tesco & co are gunning for wholesale Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Tesco-Booker deal could trigger consolidation in the Big 30 on an entirely new level. So what does the future hold?

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Three big opportunities for suppliers from the Tesco-Booker merger - video Video

14 Feb 2017 | By David Sables

David Sables of Sentinel Management Consultants explains how suppliers should best approach negotiations with Tesco and Booker

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Tesco's Booker deal is further evidence of supermarket future-proofing Subscription

27 Jan 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

For Sainsbury’s and Argos and Morrisons and Amazon, you can now read Tesco and Booker

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Martin Williams: a landmark in wholesaling Subscription

10 Nov 2016 | By Steve Parfett

Steve Parfett reflects on Martin Williams’ career and achievements at Landmark Wholesale

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Digital is the way forward for loyalty Subscription

15 Sep 2016 | By Steve Parfett

Despite looking at several loyalty propositions I have not found one yet that can be made to work in c-stores

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Supplier councils can help wholesalers cut costs Subscription

18 Aug 2016 | By Steve Parfett

It is inevitable that the uncertainties generated by the Brexit vote are going to make life very tough for the foreseeable

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What will Brexit mean for the wholesale sector?

20 Jul 2016 | By Steve Parfett

On alcohol we will be freed of EU rules on excise duty, for starters

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Post Office changes are a mistake Subscription

31 Mar 2016 | By Steve Parfett

Busy, viable and truly local businesses are having a gun held to their head

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