This Thursday and Friday, HQ staff will visit depots and offer customers megadeals, product tastings and free stock. “It’s our way of saying thank you to our customers and to let them know that if there is anything they think we can do to help improve our choice, price and service, please let us know,” said CEO Charles Wilson.
This week, Booker said total sales rose 2.7% in the 16 weeks to 2 January. Like-for-like non-tobacco sales rose 5%, although tobacco sales fell 0.9%. The wholesaler has also secured a deal to extend its debt facility from 2010 to 2012 with Barclays replacing Icelandic bank Kaupthing as a lender alongside HBOS.
Meanwhile, Schwartz has teamed up with Booker to sell a range of 27 herbs, spices, sachet mixes and stir-fry tubes for c-stores.