28 September 2002

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  • Athif Sarwar Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    “I’ve never seen so many white vans – well, apart from at Dover docks,” one retailer quips as he loads up his trolley at the United Wholesale Scotland depot. And it is no exaggeration. The queues have been been getting longer by the day since...

  • ATM blow for c-stores Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Anne Bruce Independent retailers could lose thousands of pounds of income as the mobile phone networks and Lottery operator Camelot prepare to deliver products through cash machines. Camelot is to start feasibility studies to see if ATMs will...

  • ATM blow for c-stores Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Independent retailers could lose thousands of pounds of income as the mobile phone networks and Lottery operator Camelot prepare to deliver products through cash machines.Camelot is to start feasibility studies to see if ATMs will support...

  • Clash with EU nears over GM Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    The UK government and the US agricultural lobby are both on a collision course with Brussels over controversial proposals on GM labelling being debated by the Council of Ministers this month.DEFRA secretary of state,Margaret Beckett, acting...

  • Douglas Gurr Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Ever since the internet-enabled grocery wholesaler started a national rollout in May 2001, rival operators have predicted Blueheath’s demise. Yet, today, the business has 1,500 active trading customers, is on track for annualised sales of £80m and...

  • Gino Paletta Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Last year’s £3.5m investment in a 63,000 sq ft depot in Wrexham has already paid off for CTM Wholesale managing director Gino Paletta. The founder of North Wales-based CTM, a member of Today’s Group and Sugro, says the delivered wholesale and...

  • Heineken buys in Panama Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Heineken has followed up its expansion into Egypt and the Lebanon with a $56m offer for Panamanian brewery group, Cervecerias Baru-Panama.Baru is 52% owned by Coca-Cola Panama with the other 48% traded on the Panamanian stock exchange,...

  • James Ward Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    AC Ward has had a ferociously busy year, buying a business three times its size, moving to a new HQ and developing a tailored service for customers trading under three different symbol fascias. But its USP remains the same: a high quality...

  • Lee Furness Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    “Lee tells it like it is. He’s very honest and honesty isn’t always something that you can attribute to your supplier.” Nigel Mills, MD of the 55-store chain Mills Group, doesn’t have a bad word to say about Lee Furness, the man in the driving...

  • Peter Lowrie Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Sometimes, it’s the personal touch that counts. And again and again, customers of Newcastle-based Lowrie’s Cash and Carry say that’s why they like doing business with the company. “I have a lot of direct contact with Lowrie’s staff, all of whom...

  • Pradip Dhamecha Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Dhamecha Cash and Carry is the second largest supplier to independent retailers in the capital, behind Bestway, and is the largest member of the Today’s Group. It has five depots, all within the M25, employs 300 people and turned over £225m in the...

  • Costcutter adds to trading team Subscription

    03 Oct 2002

    Costcutter has appointed Emma Greatorex as trading manager following Kevin Harrison’s move to Jacksons.Greatorex will report to trading and marketing director Angela Barber, and be responsible for a range of categories including breakfast...

  • Raj Chatha Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Considered “highly intelligent” and someone who “really knows the market” by his peers, the European Food Brokers MD is certainly not afraid to go out on a limb. First it was 1Stop4, the retail club for independents that he launched in 2001 and now...

  • The people making waves in wholesale Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Meet ten operators with ideas that are changing the sectorWhen most people are asked to think about the wholesale sector they will invariably think about the influence of the big boys – Batleys, Bestway, Booker, Blakemore, Makro and...

  • Steve Parfett Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Steve Parfett is not one to follow the herd. While everyone else is going down the delivered wholesale route, the AG Parfett MD is staying put. “We run big cash and carries. It takes all our effort to do that,” reasons the man whose reputation...

  • Robert Lowe Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Complete with piped music and illuminated bays, Hyperama sounds like a trendy nightclub chain. It is, in fact, a West Midlands-based cash and carry group – one that is proud to stand out of the crowd. As general manager Robert Lowe explains: “We are...

  • Preview of Sial 2002 Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Hundreds of food industry representatives from 186 countries will make their biennial pilgrimage to the northern peripheries of Paris later this month.The attraction? Well, from October 20-24 the trade calendar is marked Sial, France....

  • Saucy – but at what price? Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Diversity is fuelling growth in the buoyant sauces and condiments market but there are fears that quality could suffer at the cheaper end due to price competition.Sauces and condiments add more than just a touch of flavour to retailers’...

  • Revamp for Goodfella’s Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Green Isle Foods is positioning its Goodfella’s frozen pizza as restaurant quality as part of a total refreshment of the brand.A £5m TV advertising campaign, which breaks next week across the UK and Ireland, features an Italian pulling a...

  • Radio waves in sales for Nisa Subscription

    04 Oct 2002

    Nisa-Today’s digital satellite radio station Nisa FM has reached a milestone with more than 200 Nisa member stores now tuning in. The station, which was launched in March, is aimed at enhancing in-store atmosphere and increase point of sale…

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