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Hancocks' click and collect drives sales uplift Subscription

19 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

The confectionery wholesaler recorded £124.2m in turnover and £7m in operating profits for y/e 31 December 2016

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Co-op remains firm on Costcutter contract Subscription

16 Mar 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Co-op insists it will meet its contractual obligations to Costcutter


Menzies Distribution for sale after DX merger scrapped Subscription

14 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

Parent company John Menzies confirmed a sale process has begun

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Dunns picks up Glasgow's Hotsauce Drinks firm Subscription

09 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

Dunns began serving Hotsauce customers this week…

Today's group

Today's pledges focus on availability, service and price Subscription

08 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

Today’s Group is seeking to be a first choice business partner by leading the field in technology

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Blakemore launches new mobile ordering app for Spar customers

08 Mar 2018 | By Andrew Don

Retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild can order the full range of the wholesaler’s products for delivery

Mark Riley

Maxxium rebrands as Edrington-Beam Suntory Subscription

07 Mar 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The business is a JV between Scottish booze maker Edrington and US-based Beam Suntory…


Bestway Wholesale unveils branding for new van sales operation Subscription

05 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

Bestway Vans Direct is split into two, with one division for snacks and the other for sweets

JW Filshill sales director Craig Brown

JW Filshill app-only sale sees 45% increase in new app customers Subscription

03 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

The Glasgow-based wholesaler launched a promotional campaign with tech provider Sanderson

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KFC allows franchisees to buy approved items from Booker

02 Mar 2018 | By Andrew Don

KFC, still struggling with its new distribution arrangements, has given its franchisees freedom to purchase items from Booker


Menzies Distribution enrages NFRN with carriage charge hike Subscription

28 Feb 2018 Updated: 03 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

The NFRN had already criticised Menzies Distribution and Smiths News for escalating carriage service charges


Rayburn eyes grocery in plans to size up distribution capacity Subscription

23 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

The company has briefed agents about its requirements for consolidating its Cheetham Hill and Bury warehouse


Blakemore launches app for ordering on the go

23 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

The app offers a range of more than 900 chilled and ambient product lines from across 170 suppliers

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Jeanette Gordon to boost JW Filshill in northern England

20 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Gordon joins as business development manager after working at P&H for 17 years…

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Reynolds buys Wimbledon-based greengrocer Solstice Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Solstice had been in administration before being acquired by Reynolds…

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Surge in demand by retailers for Smiths News website and app

15 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Registrations for SNapp and associated website SNapp Online hit the 10,000 mark at the end of 2017

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Adam Smith joins Menzies Distribution

15 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Previously head of international services at Vodafone, Smith becomes commercial and marketing director at Menzies

Landmark Wholesale web

Revamped Landmark Wholesale website features 'finder' tool

15 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

The new-look website’s improved design makes it easier to navigate, with an interactive tool to find member’s depots

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AF Blakemore rewards Spar customers with film for Valentine's

14 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Customers buying a Valentine’s meal deal will be offered a free movie of their choice

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United Wholesale (Scotland) takes SWA's top Achiever award Subscription

14 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

The Glasgow-based business also won best-licensed operation, best cash & carry, and best symbol group for Day-Today….

Margin Maker Today's Group

Today's Group expands its preferential rates for customers Subscription

14 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Today’s new rates on services and products could cuts costs for wholesalers and independent retailers by thousands

Sandpiper CI

Sandpiper CI signs up to Morrisons wholesale deal Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Sandpiper will convert 24 stores to the Morrisons Daily fascia…

MSX senior management team

Management buy UK bonded warehousing specialist MSX Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

The distributor of BWS and confectionery to travel retail is now owned by Peter Blatch, Rob Glanville and Mark Pullen…

Andrew Reed, a divisional MD at WR

William Reed and Valassis to offer NCS visitors exclusive deals Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

The partnership comes after William Reed bought the trademark Pro-Retail from PwC last month

HT Group

HT depots put on hold due to Brexit jitters Subscription

09 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

HT Group has put the opening of new depots on hold until more certainty around what Brexit might bring becomes clearer…

Steve Parfett

Newsagents need support from publishers and wholesalers

19 Mar 2018 | By Steve Parfett

I have written before about the multiplicity of tasks facing small retailers, but some of the most challenging are in CTNs

Bargain Booze

Why has Conviviality spent out on company-owned stores?

16 Mar 2018 | By Adam Leyland

The flotation of Conviviality on the stock market in 2013 was one of the most unlikely events in the history of grocery


Can Conviviality recover from its week of woe? Subscription

16 Mar 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

A surprise profit warning, arithmetic errors, unexpected tax bills. The booze giant has a struggle on its hands. 

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The big 30 wholesalers: can traditional players survive? Subscription

26 Feb 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The upheaval in wholesale and franchise spearheaded by Tesco-Booker means a more abrasive trading landscape than ever before. So do the Big 30 wholesalers – and the supermarkets – have all their ducks in a row

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Strategic responses to the Tesco-Booker deal

15 Feb 2018 | By Steve Parfett

Post Tesco-Booker there will be one market, as opposed to the uneasy truce of a separation between retail and wholesale

Tesco Booker

A bleak Christmas for opponents of the rubberstamped Tesco-Booker deal Subscription

21 Dec 2017 | By Ian Quinn

For bitter opponents, reading the CMA’s verdict must feel like an untimely dose of the norovirus

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Who killed Palmer & Harvey? Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Adam Leyland

From the 2008 MBO, Palmer & Harvey still chose to pay out £70m in interest payments to preferential shareholders. Why?

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How brands are cooking up a storm in OOH Video

20 Nov 2017 | By Megan Tatum

Brands hit by the supermarket squeeze are looking to the £88bn foodservice sector instead. What is its appeal?

Dave Lewis Tank

Wholesalers ready to lay down in front of Tesco-Booker tanks Subscription

17 Nov 2017 | By Ian Quinn

What prompted the CMA to give Tesco-Booker the all-clear? And can opponents still stop the new behemoth in its tracks?

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Tesco-Booker targets Aldi and Amazon Subscription

17 Nov 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Charles Wilson has claimed the CMA decision will allow the combined business to take the grocery war to Aldi and Amazon

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CMA approves Tesco-Booker takeover: timeline Video

14 Nov 2017 | By The Grocer News Team

Here’s how The Grocer reported the key milestones of this landmark mega-merger

Caryn Gillan

Supplier vision must be category wide

08 Nov 2017 | By Caryn Gillan

If suppliers want to have traction with retailers, they need to talk the language they understand



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