A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd has unveiled ambitious plans to more than double the size of its Wholesale Distribution operation in line the company’s overall 2020 strategy.


Blakemore Wholesale Distribution will utilise the scale, infrastructure and expertise of the wider Blakemore Group to achieve a significant expansion of both its customer and supplier base.

The announcement was made by the division’s new managing director, James Russell, as part of a large-scale re-launch of the Wholesale Distribution business.

The new managing director, who was appointed in January, said that he intends to win more business across multiple channels including retail, catering, hospitality, wholesale and vending in addition to launching a new export side to the operation.

“We know that we can add value by providing integrated solutions across multiple sectors and believe that we can win new customers and increase the services that we provide to existing customers,” he said.

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution is recognised as one of the leading suppliers in the vending market and also provides bespoke delivered wholesale solutions and a growing central distribution service in partnership with customers and suppliers.

Russell added: “Blakemore Wholesale Distribution services national contracts for high profile accounts such as BP and Roadchef.

“We can also leverage the significant assets of the Blakemore Group, including our multi-temperature logistics infrastructure, which delivers to more than 960 SPAR stores, in addition to the insight and expertise that comes from being a leading retailer ourselves.”


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