Blakemore Wholesale MD Sam Wilcox has become vice chairman of Landmark Wholesale after sitting on the buying group's board for eight years.

He has replaced Brian Met­calfe of DBC Food­service, who steps down from the position ahead of his retirement.

Blakemore Wholesale is part of AF Blakemore, Landmark Wholesale's biggest member. The wholesale division includes cash & carry, foodservice and fresh foods.

Wilcox, who has worked at Blakemore for 25 years, said he aimed to continue helping Landmark to prosper and develop. Current initiatives include the rollout of the buying group's Lifestyle Express Evolution Programme and the ongoing development of own-label ranges.

"Sam has great ability to plan strategically," said Landmark Wholesale MD Martin Williams.