Scottish Spar wholesaler CJ Lang & Son is to cut food miles by supplying fruit and vegetables direct.
Previously, the 400 Scottish Spar c-stores received a separate fresh produce delivery from food group Total Produce. Under the new scheme fruit and veg, along with the stores' chilled orders will be delivered by CJ Lang. Total Produce will continue to supply the produce.
Bringing the distribution under one roof had a number of advantages, said CJ Lang marketing executive Caroline McClelland.
"There is an increasing focus on cutting food miles, which create unnecessary carbon emissions, so it makes sense to have all the products going out at the same time," she said. "It is positive for the retailer and consumer, too. By reducing the wholesale cost, savings can be passed on either in increased margins for the retailer or in sharper price points for the customer."
Retailers would have fewer deliveries and less paper work, said Spar fresh foods controller Gordon Airth.
Separately, Spar is launching a range of limited-edition sandwiches to raise money for the NSPCC. For each Big BLT, Moroccan Chicken Wrap or Thai Prawn Wrap sold, 20p will be donated to the charity. Spar has pledged to raise £1m for its charity partner the NSPCC by April next year to help 180 projects across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, such as treatment centres for abused children.