Landmark, the major national buying group for UK wholesalers across both retail and catering channels, has revealed sales through its membership up by 10.5% for the full year to 30 April 2013.
Private label seeing strong uplifts
After 2011/12 when Landmark's private label sales saw growth of 27%, 2012/13 saw further progress with sales across the full range of private label products up 8%. Within this the Lifestyle Value range of 43 budget products in retail channel, achieved massive outperformance of +58%. This has been driven by high profile 'Value Zone' activity both in member cash & carry depots also supported in retail stores, with incentives for implementation to highlight the money-saving message for shoppers.
Successful recruitment providing significant pipeline for future growth
Landmark has gained six new members already since January 2013, with the most recent recruit being Hall's Drinks, an on-trade drinks specialist delivering to pubs and clubs from three depots in the North-West. This brings member numbers to 38 and adds new capability within drinks categories above all. Out of home sectors are a growing focus for Landmark, with combined member sales now heading beyond £1bn.
Sam Wilcox to succeed Steve Parfett as Chairman
After a long and close involvement with Landmark over three decades, Steve Parfett will retire from the role of Group Chairman at the AGM in the Autumn. Parfetts, the major regional cash & carry business he headed, still remains a key member of the group, now under the leadership of Managing Director David Grimes. The role of Landmark Chairman will be filled by Sam Wilcox, currently Vice Chairman, and Managing Director of another major cash & carry member Blakemore Wholesale.
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