As The Grocer went to press there were strong rumours that Irish wholesale group BWG was planning to step up its UK expansion drive by bidding for Spar UK's member wholesalers. BWG, which bought northern drinks wholesaler Bargain Booze and Birmingham based Rounds earlier in the year, runs Spar in Ireland and owns Spar UK wholesaler Appleby Westward. BWG chief executive Leo Crawford refused to comment on the speculation. {{NEWS }}

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