Graham Norton

Benchmark secures distribution rights for Graham Norton's wine Subscription

25 May 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

It has switched from former Conviviality business PLB (part of Bibendum) to Benchmark

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AF Blakemore's Gateshead depot sold to UWG Subscription

23 May 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The deal protects the jobs of 45 existing members of staff and will see the depot move to new ownership in June…

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John Menzies upbeat despite distribution arm sale delay Subscription

21 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

Menzies said it remained fully engaged with a number of potential buyers

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Best-one recruits 125 stores in first four months of the year Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

Bestway previously said it had signed up 60 ex-Costcutter and Mace stores to Best-one in February…

Majestic Commercial

Majestic to focus on Commercial arm in next stage of strategy Subscription

17 May 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Majestic Commercial MD Olivia FitzGerald told The Grocer the division had “been set to one side”…

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C&C to decouple Matthew Clark and Bibendum after rescue from Conviviality administration Subscription

17 May 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

C&C CEO Stephen Glancey also shook off rumours C&C planned to sell Bibendum PLB to focus on Matthew Clark

JJ Food Service

JJ Foodservice cuts fuel emissions with telematics Subscription

15 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

JJ Foodservice also introduced paperless technology to its warehouses earlier this year

CJ Lang

CJ Lang names former Premier Foods exec Jim Hepburn as chairman

15 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The move comes after Joan Scott-Adie stepped down from her current role and took up the new position of life president

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Tesco set to roll out Chef Central cash & carries in all Extras Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco Extras told to clear 10,000 sq ft of space for cash & carry outlets

Budgens

Budgens gears up to expand further north and into Scotland Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

Budgens plans to use Booker’s 146,000 sq ft South Elmsall depot in Wakefield from July to help expand its presence in the north

Co-op Nisa

Co-op's £137.5m takeover of Nisa to complete on Tuesday Subscription

04 May 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The retailer secured court approval for the deal in London today, despite a last-minute legal challenge to block it…

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Halewood wins UK distribution rights for Centenario rum Subscription

03 May 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Liverpool-based distributor also announced the end of its 10-year partnership with Chinese beer brand Tsingtao…

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Wholesale sector must target women better, finds report

27 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

Many wholesalers are pushing for greater gender diversity in their workforce

Pricecheck Booze

Pricecheck plans major push into alcohol wholesaling Subscription

27 Apr 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Having acquired a licence to sell alcohol in September 2017 and added additional warehouse facilities, the business was able to ramp up stock of new categories

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Wholesaler Nila fails with loss of 29 jobs Subscription

26 Apr 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The £17m-sales wholesaler, based in Southall near Heathrow, was established in 1994

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Timewise report advocates offering flexible working

26 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

FWD members Booker, Blakemore, Bestway, Bidfood and JJ Foodservice all contributed to the study

Well Pharmacy

Bestway wholesale recovery marred by poor health of Well Subscription

20 Apr 2018 | By The Grocer News Team

Well Pharmacy profits slumped due to less NHS funding and higher wages

Crafty Nectar

Crafty Nectar claims UK's first craft cider wholesale service Subscription

16 Apr 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Service aims to combat issues preventing independent cider brands getting to market

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Today's Group partners with Bolt Learning on online training

13 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

Modules covering management skills, health & safety and data protection regulations will be available to Today’s members…

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PayPoint to provide back office links for Booker customers Subscription

12 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

Retailers who shop with the wholesaler and have a PayPoint One system will have access to a range of services…

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NFRN urges investigation into newspaper supply chain

12 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

NFRN urges the CMA to investigate the newspaper supply chain…

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JW Filshill provides guidance for KeyStore retailers on MUP

10 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

Alcohol minimum unit price legislation comes into force in Scotland on 1 May

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Bidfood opens former Blakemore depot in Penrith Subscription

09 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

AF Blakemore & Son is also now looking to sell all of its 12 remaining cash & carry depots

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Exclusive: Bestway set to acquire Conviviality Retail in £7.25m pre-pack deal on Monday Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Wholesaler’s intervention looks to have saved 2,000 jobs, in knockdown deal set to be rubber-stamped next week

blakemore wholesale

Single buyer unlikely for Blakemore depots Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty, Andrew Don

The wholesaler this week confirmed plans to sell its cash & carries, eight months after the story first emerged.

Conviviality

C&C will impose some stability at Matthew Clark and Bibendum

18 May 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

There goes the legacy of Conviviality

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Suppliers face a stark choice on Sainsbury's-Asda merger

03 May 2018 | By Steve Parfett

Wholesale and retail are now effectively one market for procurement and we have a duopoly in the retail market, says Steve Parfett of AG Parfett & Sons

Co-op Nisa

Co-op to appoint new CEO for Nisa after CMA all-clear

27 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Co-op has engaged headhunter firm Sam Allen Associates to conduct an executive search for the role

Blakemore Wholesale

AF Blakemore's decision to sell is a watershed moment Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The future of cash & carry as a viable option has been a topic of speculation for many years

Bargain Booze

Is it exit stage left for Bargain Booze? Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Adam Leyland, Daniel Woolfson

While C&C Group is set to snap up Matthew Clark and Bibendum, uncertainty remains about the future of the retail side

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The cat’s out of the bag, so who will buy Blakemore’s cash & carry division? Subscription

04 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The key to this is not likely to be the price but rather who will want the sites, and at the moment we are ruling more bidders out than in … 

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Conviviality receivership marks another wholesale tragedy

29 Mar 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Investors were being asked to risk more money for Conviviality while having zero visibility about future leadership

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As Conviviality administration looms, who are the likely buyers? Subscription

29 Mar 2018 | By Adam Leyland, Daniel Woolfson

Sources close to the situation claim numerous suitors have expressed an interest

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

Conviviality

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

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