Wholesaling news

 

03 April 2020
Following the move of other foodservice wholesalers to target retail sales, as the emergency shut down cuts off their core market amongst out-of-home businesses, Brakes has launched a call & collect service to sell to the general public. Initially made available from three of its distribution depots earlier this week, it has now been extended to eight sites across England. Browse online, order...
29 March 2020
Major UK national wholesaler, Bestway has put in place clear social-distancing measures across its self-service cash & carry network, to safely manage the high levels of footfall seen during the current pandemic emergency. One-in one-out to limit customers in-depot Bestway has set limits on the number of customers in each of its depots at any one time.  Depending on depot size, this restricts...
26 March 2020
Leading north-west regional wholesaler, Parfetts has moved to a 24/7 picking operation to meet spiking delivery orders from its independent retail customers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Faced with unprecedented consumer demand independent retailers are purchasing in significantly increased volumes to meet these needs.  Parfetts’ traditional cash & carry business is also sharply...
24 March 2020
As the foodservice supply sector seeks to pivot to meet the challenges of the radically altered reality of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more wholesalers are seeking to shift capacity into supplying end-consumers.  As well as those now offering click & collect services, major operators such as Bidfood and JJ Foodservice are also offering home delivery, drawing on their extensive lo...
20 March 2020
As spending drops off in the out-of-home sector, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, UK foodservice wholesalers are looking to replace lost volume by offering online ordering services to end-consumers. These companies are seeking to tap into the huge demand flowing into the retail channel, where availability is often limited. Country Range members launch click & collect Several memb...
20 March 2020
As demand in the foodservice channel collapses but demand in the food retail channel soars, the two sides of the food industry are now exploring ways in which foodservice suppliers and wholesalers can support retailers by switching supply into supermarkets and convenience stores. British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) launches ‘The Frozen Food Platform’ As a trade body with a broad membershi...
28 February 2020
Metro Cash & Carry will add 5 new stores in India this year. Partnerships with “kirana” stores The retailer will build partnerships with small family-owned stores known as "kirana" stores in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. It will provide point-of-sale devices to owners to help them track daily sales, profits and order items from Metro online. The devices also allow the stores to trade usin...
25 February 2020
Innovative symbol group Simply Fresh has revealed that it is to extend its current one-store trial supply relationship with Sainsbury's to a second site.  This second trial will launch on 26 February in the revamped Kenilworth store that was the first ever Simply Fresh location opened by founders Sukhjit and Kash Khera back in 2009.  The group now comprises almost 90 independently owned, affiliat...
24 February 2020
Rontec the number five operator of fuel forecourts in the UK, and the third largest 'dealer' operator has reported financial results for the year ending 30 September 2019; with total turnover (including fuel and shop sales) up 3.3% to £1.3bn. Site numbers reach 259 Rontec continues to expand its forecourt estate, and completed the acquisition of six additional sites in the course of 2018/19. ...
21 February 2020
Following the acquisition of the East End Foods business by private equity investor Exponent in November, the decision has been taken to divest East End's two cash & carry depots, splitting them from the food processing division which supplies 'world foods' products under the East End brand.  The sale returns the two cash & carry's, at Smethwick and Aston Cross in Birmingham, to the direct contro...