When most people are asked to think about the wholesale sector they will invariably think about the influence of the big boys - Batleys, Bestway, Booker, Blakemore, Makro and Palmer & Harvey McLane. But they are not the only players making waves.
Over the following three pages, The Grocer team profiles ten smaller operators we think are challenging the status quo - whether with clever IT strategies, new retail clubs or the sort of customised deals that their bigger counterparts would never dream of offering. The picture that emerges is of a sector thriving through innovation - despite some pretty harsh trading conditions and the ever-present threat to the independent sector posed by the multiples.
The companies we profile over the next few pages are all very different but share one thing in common: they are investing heavily in the future of their sector and their businesses.
Nobody’s denying it’s a hard sector in which to operate. But our ten are meeting the challenges they face head on.Turn the page to find out how they are doing it.