Manufacturers supplying the convenience sector are failing to match their rhetoric with action according to a poll of executives of The Grocer Top 50 independent retailers.

With high levels of growth in the c-store sector, many suppliers are talking about making a greater commitment to the sector, but two thirds of our retailers said there had been no increase in commitment in the past year.

Retailers were divided over whether suppliers’ understanding of the sector was improving, but one critic commented: “Most suppliers have much to learn. It could be argued that with Tesco taking over T&S, suppliers will have to be aware quickly.”

More details in this week’s copy of The Grocer.