Booker is on course to open its first depot in India in September.

The Mumbai site was in progress, with the exterior expected to be completed before monsoon season, CEO Charles Wilson said.

Booker this week reported a 30% rise in full-year pre-tax profits to £47.2m in the year to 27 March on sales up 3.3% to £3.2bn. Like-for-like non-tobacco sales rose 5.7%, sales to caterers rose 7% and sales to retailers were up 1%.

Internet sales more than doubled from £109m to £250m during the period.