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CMA vows to investigate Tesco-Booker impact on P&H Subscription

21 Jul 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The CMA has received complaints from a number of third parties about the potentially crushing impact…

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Conviviality shares up as results surpass City expectations Subscription

21 Jul 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Conviviality’s bold transformation from booze retailer to the UK’s largest alcohol wholesaler is paying off for investors

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Matthew Clark adds more craft lines in beer & cider update Subscription

21 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The wholesaler has added 102 new brews to its Boutique Beers range as well as 30 new ciders


P&H blames drop in service and availability on the hot summer Subscription

20 Jul 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Concerned retailers have complained about a lack of availability on key lines, late deliveries and incomplete orders…

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Tony Holmes becomes sales director of Bestway Wholesale Subscription

18 Jul 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Bestway Wholesale has restructured its commercial team with “audacious plans” for growth

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AF Blakemore marks centenary with environmental drive Subscription

14 Jul 2017 | By Benedict Cooper

Staff members volunteered in litter collections and community clear-ups


Nisa members 'wait and see' over Sainsbury's takeover Subscription

14 Jul 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Exclusive new research for The Grocer reveals more Nisa retailers are in favour of a deal than against it, but still all to play for

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Parfetts 5.5% sales growth driven by strong final quarter Subscription

13 Jul 2017 | By Benedict Cooper

Cash & carry wholesaler Parfetts has posted a 5.5% hike in like-for-like sales in its end of year results

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Bidfood reveals Christmas lineup featuring gluten-free foods Subscription

12 Jul 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Research by Kantar Worldpanel in April revealed 54% of households bought gluten-free products in the first three months of this year

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JJ Food Service pledges to employ more women

10 Jul 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The wholesaler, which says 4% of its warehouse workers are women, plans for 20% female warehouse staff by next year

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JJ Food Service urges tagging of local takeaways Subscription

22 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Voucher for £20 once the service is on offer with JJ Food Service’s in-house website FOODit

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Country Range Group wins record orders at trade exhibition Subscription

21 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The company’s 13 members made the orders at its annual trade exhibition at the Telford International Centre on 15 June

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Wholesaler Wing Yip reports £2m fall in turnover to £101m Subscription

21 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The Birmingham-based company’s pre-tax profits rose by £70,000 to £4.8m

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Flagship Europe adds veggie duo to foodservice offer

19 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Flagship Europe was launched in 1991 and is part of US food and consumer products group Flagship Food…


Dhamecha to open a new cash and carry depot in Birmingham Subscription

16 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The Smethwick warehouse becomes the Today’s Group wholesaler’s ninth centre in the UK


Lomond launches 14-strong American-style sandwich range Subscription

13 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

New range was inspired by a trip to New York by the company’s MD Sam Henderson


Julie Dunn becomes first female SWA president Subscription

12 Jun 2017

Dunn succeeds Booker’s Eddie Lynagh as president…

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AF Blakemore truck liveries updated in 'One Logistics' move Subscription

12 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Suppliers will also be offered the chance to purchase advertising space on the vehicles

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Landmark Wholesale MD outlines 'open' vision for company

08 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

John Mills named service, openness and integrity as cornerstones of its future strategy

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DX Group agrees price cut on John Menzies merger deal Subscription

05 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

DX and John Menzies have announced that they have agreed a £40m deal on a ’debt-free basis’


Costco opens Icelandic store run from the UK Subscription

01 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Costco is planning to open a total of 26 new outlets this year, including one in France, for the first time later this month

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Pricecheck targets £100m sales after record-breaking year

01 Jun 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

Wholesaler added sales of £11m the 2015/16 financial year

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AF Blakemore plans to recruit further 40 apprentices annually

31 May 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The wholesaler plans to recruit 10 new supply chain apprentices every quarter from July


Costco reports 8% sales increase in third quarter Subscription

26 May 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Net sales were up $2bn to $28.22bn (£21bn) in the three months to 7 May

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Palmer & Harvey management shakeup sees several senior directors leave Subscription

25 May 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

A number of senior directors including executive deputy chairman Chris Etherington have left the wholesaler, The Grocer understands

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The merits of cooperation

20 Jul 2017 | By Steve Parfett

Competition in the grocery trade is notoriously fierce, and rightly so

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Tesco-Booker merger: why the CMA’s phase two review will come down to 350 hotspots

12 Jul 2017 | By Julia Glotz, Ronan Hegarty

The CMA has identified 350 local areas around the country where there is an overlap 

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Wholesalers: prepare for disruption

27 Jun 2017 | By Paul Cuatrecasas

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market shows it is determined to dominate all areas of retail

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Owning wholesale will embed big four in almost total dominance

22 Jun 2017 | By Steve Parfett

We have very early notice of the consequences for the entire grocery sector of failing to stop Tesco-Booker

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Judgment day now looms for Tesco-Booker Subscription

30 May 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Now it is time for the industry to respond with its observations and objections

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Wholesale can nurture local

25 May 2017 | By Steve Parfett

On previous occasions I have alluded to my affection for North Wales, and we were there again at the weekend

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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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