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While 2020 saw independent retailers experiencing growth unlike any other year, it was often a bewildering 12 months for suppliers to the sector. Certainly many suppliers have seen their products getting significant sales uplifts, but by no means have all benefited to the same extent.

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Major UK convenience retailer, McColl’s has announced that it has extended its wholesale agreement with Morrisons, which will see the national supermarket operator supply the entire McColl’s store portfolio (currently over 1,200 stores) with full a range of products until January 2027. As part of the extended agreement McColl’s will increase the number of its stores trading under the Morrisons...
The latest IGD review of the UK wholesaling sector shows that, despite an unprecedented spike of growth (+20.7%) in the retail channel sales of UK wholesaling in 2020, this was outweighed by the depth of the decline (-36.5%) in the foodservice channel; as its customer businesses faced repeated interruption and restriction in response to the successive waves of coronavirus infection. The net resul...
Germany-based wholesaler Metro reported sales were down 11.2% in local currency terms, to €6.3 bn. The company said, despite its performance being affected strongly by COVID-19 restrictions in many of its markets, it had outperformed its peers in its core markets of Germany, France, and Italy. Western Europe sees strongest effect from pandemic Metro said its operations had performed better ...

Presentations

25/02/2021
This completion of its acquisition of Costcutter Supermarkets Group in February 2021, has added significant further scale to the retail networks affiliated to the Bestway business and brings with it access to enhanced capabilities in the arena of retail support and engagement.
04/02/2021
This latest update of IGD’s unique wholesaling dataset seeks to measure the profound impacts affecting the sector in 2020 as well as tracking the key changes occurring in the channel such as the adoption of online/electronic ordering and the shift into delivery service.
26/01/2021
As one of the major success stories of 2020, we review the strategic priorities for Costco and the opportunities for suppliers to engage further with one of the world's largest retailers.
20/01/2021
In the first part of our two-part series, Eating In vs Dining Out 2021, we review the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on food and drink consumption patterns last year, focussing specifically on the shift between in-home and out-of-home spend. In part two we examine the factors that will affect the industry over the coming year and how businesses can prepare for what lies ahead.
UK grocery & foodservice wholesaling 2021: sector performance & statistics for 2020 plus five-year forecasts

This latest update of IGD’s unique wholesaling dataset seeks to measure the profound impacts affecting the sector in 2020 as well as tracking the key changes occurring in the channel such as the adoption of online/electronic ordering and the shift into delivery service.

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Costco, Wembley, UK

Wembley is Costco's 28th, and latest UK, warehouse, offering an excellent showcase of how the wholesaler targets a mixed customer base with a focus on value and quality on bulk goods.