Blakemore Foodservice joins Country Range Group

Blakemore Foodservice has joined the Country Range Group network of independent wholesalers. With 25 years’ heritage servicing the UK’s foodservice sector, the Country Range Group is made up of 13 independent wholesalers.

As a member, Blakemore Foodservice will gain access to the group’s growing purchasing power and pioneering marketing initiatives, as well as receive exclusive ownership of its 800-strong Country Range branded product range, which saw total sales of over £110m in 2018. Blakemore Foodservice is a division of A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd, one of the UK’s largest family-owned businesses, with a turnover of circa £1.1 billion.

Blakemore Foodservice is a family-run, multi-temperature distribution company that supplies schools, local authorities, public houses, restaurant chains, the leisure industry and independent caterers throughout the UK.

Caoire Blakemore, Head of Blakemore Foodservice commented: “Joining a food service focused buying group is key to Blakemore Foodservice’s ambitious strategy to double its sales over the next five years. Country Range is widely recognised as a trusted brand, and we’re really excited to bring their range, developed exclusively for professional caterers, to our customers.”

Coral Rose, Managing Director of Country Range Group said: “The name A.F. Blakemore has been a sign of quality food and drink plus incredible customer service for the last century in the UK, so we’re delighted to welcome Blakemore Foodservice to the Group.

“The CRG and Blakemore already share so many values when it comes to integrity, innovation, a personal approach and the development of people, so we’re excited for the future. Blakemore Foodservice will participate fully in all Group purchasing and marketing initiatives.

“We look forward to meeting the wider Blakemore team at our Annual Trade Exhibition in June and are confident that our expertise, commercial foundation and added value customer support strategies will help them achieve their ambitious plans for growth.”