with growth There is potential to drive another 22 million cases through Nisa central distribution each year above the existing 70 million, group managing director John Schofield told delegates at this year's Nisa conference "We can develop a structure of member support for central distribution far more sophisticated than at present," said Schofield. The new Membership Reward Scheme will play a key role in driving this growth (see story left) along with new members and an expanded range of products. More than 50 new members have joined up to Nisa this year. Turnover from central distribution operations at Scunthorpe and Stoke has increased 10% to £662m in the year to March 31, and by 18% in the six months since. Tobacco is performing ahead of expectations and licensed sales were up 29.2% during the year, said Schofield. "Our latest analysis of the top 40 suppliers shows that we are in growth with 60% of them," said Schofield. The licensed offer to members via central distribution will be particularly strong in the crucial festive trading period, utilising EPoS with multibuys and linksaves that include half-price offers on leading wine brands. The Heritage brand is forecast to generate annual sales in excess of £100m within three years. l The Nisa store development programme is progressing steadily, with 120 stores now trading under the Nisa fascia. {{NEWS }}