Makro Cash & Carry is rolling out its foodservice delivery scheme following a successful trial.

The initiative, first revealed by The Grocer last month, is being rolled out to four depots. It will be extended to a further nine depots in September, and the rest of the Makro estate by early next year.

Makro Foodservice offers hotel, restaurant and catering customers access to Makro's 30,000 lines, delivered to their premises.

The company claims the roll-out could create up to 250 new jobs, including in-store foodservice personnel, delivery department managers, customer consultants, pickers, supervisors and telesales staff.

"The roll-out to more stores marks a clear step towards the company-wide aim of establishing a one-to-one relationship with key customers, and demonstrates Makro's commitment to helping horeca [hotel, restaurant and catering] and pub and club customers," said Don Marshall, head of Makro Foodservice. "Our aim is to save them time and money through these tough trading times by offering a high-quality and bespoke delivery service to those customers who will benefit most."

Makro's parent company Metro Group launched a delivery service in Germany last year in an effort to attract new customers, and last week revealed the service was continuing to develop well. It has recently introduced a pilot project in Berlin where all deliveries are sent out from one "mother store".