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RH Amar sees sales rise as demand for 'fine foods' grows Subscription

18 Jan 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

RH Amar said its company-owned Cooks&Co stuffed vine leaves and Mary Berry-branded dressings and sauces were star performers

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JJ Food Service reveals two new own-label prawn brands

16 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The new lines will be available in time for Chinese New Year on Saturday 28 January

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Best-one symbol group sales up almost 20% Subscription

11 Jan 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

New Bestway DC sees sales soar “as members get behind our fresh and chilled offer”…

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AF Blakemore sees sales and profits rise despite deflation Subscription

11 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Spar wholesaler reported a 2.4% sales increase to £1.31bn for the year ending 30 April 2016

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Spar retailer Eat 17 to sell wholesale meat to other c-stores Subscription

10 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

The move follows the launch of the retailer’s own-label ready meals in May…

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Landmark Wholesale signs up toiletries specialist Inspira Subscription

09 Jan 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The move means the buying group now has 38 members supplying retail, catering and foodservice in the UK

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Blakemore launches Branching Out community skills programme Subscription

05 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The community programme will work with schools across the Blakemore trading area

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Bestway to offer extended healthy snack range in the new year

22 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Wholesaler believes range can generate additional sales and footfall

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Appleby Westward exceeds store recruitment target by over 50%

21 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The group recruited 37 new stores this year, more than 50% ahead of its budgeted target

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Bestway revamps category management offer for indies Subscription

19 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

New programme includes category advice, planograms, must-stock lines and sales insight


Blakemore Wholesale Distribution announces BP supply deal Subscription

15 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Blakemore will supply branded food and drink products to 320 BP forecourts including 250 M&S Simply Food outlets

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Turner Price UK sales rise as it struggles internationally Subscription

14 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

UK sales, up from £37.5m to £38m, account for the majority of growth

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Bestway becomes preferred partner at Certas Energy forecourts Subscription

12 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The wholesaler said it could improve Certas Energy’s performance in convenience shopper missions

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Brakes delays online publishing of list prices until January Subscription

08 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

While not online yet, the prices feature in the new, physical Chef’s List catalogue

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Costco invests in major improvements for online Subscription

08 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The wholesaler said it was investing in the merchandising, functionality and distribution of its online business

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One Stop offers retailers free e-learning and people scheme

05 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The kit aims to get franchisees and their staff members in line with Trading Standards legislation

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Blakemore Wholesale opens premium Bmorelocal in Northumberland Subscription

05 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Bmorelocal fascia offers retailers a full symbol group package including chilled, frozen, EPoS and food to go 

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Martin Williams bids farewell at FWD Gold Medals night Subscription

25 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Williams, who finishes his term as FWD chairman in December, passed on the president’s chain to Andrew Selley

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Parfetts appoints new GMs at Aintree and Somercotes depots Subscription

25 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Steve Miller and Chris Hewitt become joint GMs at Aintree, and Stefan Dremza will take up the role at Somercotes

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Morrisons resurrects Safeway brand as it deepens wholesale links

25 Nov 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty, Ellis Hawthorne

Morrisons believes it has sniffed out an opportunity to leverage its foodmaker credentials in the independent sector


Kitwave buys independent alcohol wholesaler HB Clark Subscription

24 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The wholesaler has also announced Jay MacKay will join the group as the new managing director

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New Best-one store format focuses on food to go and chilled Subscription

24 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The ‘store of the future’ concept is available in a number of styles to suit local demographics

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Morrisons revives Safeway brand and trials Rontec food offer Subscription

22 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Safeway brand will be used on a range for independent retailers

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Fairway Foodservice adds voice to FWD Subscription

18 Nov 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Fairway Foodservice has joined the Federation of Wholesale Distributors as a full member

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Bidvest Foodservice CEO Andrew Selley is new FWD chairman

11 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Selley will be the first chairman to come from a foodservice distributor

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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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Osborne must rethink living wage 2020 target Subscription

31 Mar 2016

FWD members’ annual wage costs will rise by 0.7% this week as the national living wage comes into effect

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Crude oil price rise reflected in plastic Subscription

19 Feb 2016

Crude oil prices increased from mid-January to the first week of February

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The Big 30 Wholesalers report 2016 Subscription

12 Feb 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Consolidation, specialists, new disruptors, fresh food fails, the NLW and tobacco are all challenging wholesalers

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What fascias offer to retailers in 2016 Subscription

15 Jan 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The major multiples, ever-enhanced offers from the discounters and increasingly squeezed margins have all continued to haunt the sector

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Wholesalers and retailers face a challenging 2016 Subscription

08 Jan 2016 | By Steve Parfett

Even at this early stage there are plenty of things on the horizon to challenge wholesalers and independent retailers

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Low cheese prices boost international demand Subscription

18 Dec 2015 | By Carina Perkins

High milk production across Europe has kept prices down year on year

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Wholesalers give to charity too! Subscription

10 Dec 2015

Many wholesalers and distributors raised a record £12,000 at the recent FWD Awards dinner 

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