Tim Ward, JRPM sales manager, claimed that last year had been a tough one for JQP, and that it had received a further blow when it lost a major contract to supply M&S with Jersey Royals in 2006. One of JQP’s growers subsequently defected to
But Philip Le Maistre, JQP director, said that although it had lost that contract it had won a deal to supply Booths at JRPM’s expense and retained business with Budgens.
Le Maistre said that it suited smaller retailers to align with a smaller supplier. “There’s a pecking order for the multiples. The larger customers will be looked after very well by JRPM. But Budgens felt they’d be looked after better by us.”