Recognising the ongoing challenges that their out of home membership has faced over the last 12 months, the Unitas Wholesale board has approved a recommendation that all Out of Home members operating primarily in the foodservice or on trade channels will be offered the opportunity to take a 30% reduction in their membership fees for the year 2021/22.
The ‘one off’ reduction in fees is in recognition of the ongoing issues that the channel is facing because of the global pandemic and the effect that lock down restrictions has had on the Out of Home channel and particularly members that are servicing the sector, while receiving limited financial support from the Government
John Kinney, MD of Unitas Wholesale explains;”2020 and the beginning of 2021 have been challenging for everybody, however, it has been catastrophic for the Out of Home sector and the independent wholesalers that serve it with many having to close their doors temporarily while furloughing their teams. We appreciate that the financial impact of the pandemic on our Out of Home members is huge and damaging, and we hope that this one-off reduction in fees goes some way to demonstrate our understanding and commitment to our foodservice and on trade members”
Over the past few months, the Group has been preparing for “the comeback” of the sector putting several initiatives in place to help and support their Out of Home members including provision of in depot display boards, a virtual meet the member event and a sampling programme for Caterer’s Kitchen, the groups own brand range.