The main changes involve the commercial functions of its retail buying group, Central
Buying Company, which have been transferred into its Central Distribution Operations (CDS), and John Sharpe, managing director of central distribution services, who becomes managing director of central distribution trading.
Neil Turton, who was MD of the Central Buying Company, becomes managing director of commercial services with responsibility for the sales, business development and member services, symbol group development, quality assurance, retail marketing and PR and communications departments.
The organisation had previously had two buying functions, one for CBC and one for CDS, and Turton said that the merger had simplified the supplier point of contact with Nisa retail and introduced new cost-saving efficiencies that would complement ambient and temperature controlled warehouses under construction.
The company said the changes would not affect the Today’s Group, which would continue to have a presence in wholesale and foodservice.