After an unprecedented year for not just the wholesale industry but the world, Confex are pleased to announce that 2021 is looking extremely positive and as they approach half year end, group sales are +30%.
The group has also now welcomed 7 new Members this year, from around the UK, including Holland Bazaar, Exotic Blends, Plant Love Organic, Apollo Distribution, Direct Source Distribution, One World GB Ltd and Just A Bargain, taking the Group Membership to 219 and a combined Member Turnover of £2.46bn.
Despite the challenges from the pandemic, Confex have continued to invest back into the business, with a variety of projects launched including the Sales Out Data Insight with TWC going live in October, Food 2 Go, EAT magazine, EDI, the hugely successful CORE Own Brand and a D2C website in the pipeline. Confex’s future looks bright and there is a plethora of activities for both supplier and member engagement and support through being part of the largest and most diverse UK Buying Group.
The new office/ home hybrid working set up is continuing to prove beneficial for both the business and staff alike. Confex is also committing its pledge to become carbon neutral certified as they approach their 50th year anniversary in 2022 with some exciting plans and events planned to mark momentous occasion.
‘’It has been very pleasing to see how Confex has moved forward over the past eighteen months and I remain excited about our current and future plans as a Group. The Confex Board has worked collaboratively to carry out a number of Group initiatives that will ensure Confex continue to remain ahead of our wholesale competitors.”
Ryan Torrible, North West Tea
‘’I am proud of the way Confex wholesalers have responded to both Covid and Brexit. The Group is now in a much stronger position, solidified by our wholesalers individual investment plans at record levels. Confex has used a difficult trading period to push forward with implementing our long-term strategies for growth and stability across our 219 member wholesalers and I am very proud of all the head office team, and our members’ teams, in the work and results which have been achieved.”
Tom Gittins, Managing Director