Welcome to the January issue of Wholesale Manager. Italian Beverage Company (IBC Simply), renowned for shaking up beverages in foodservice for over 25 years, has acquired March Foods, one of the UK’s leading co-packing and co-manufacturing companies to create a new force in UK food and drink manufacturing and packing for the future. The acquisition sees the expertise and knowledge of the two long-standing companies in the foodservice industry coming together under a new parent group, Delightful Food Group, propelling them towards unprecedented growth opportunities through cutting edge technology, innovative packaging formats and enhanced capabilities.


Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity has announced the launch of its first Heart of the Community Awards for 2024. The awards will be supporting food pantries across the UK with an overall £50,000 fund available for Nisa retailers to nominate local causes.

Somerset cider maker Thatchers has 500 apple trees to give away to community groups up and down the country. In the fourth year of its Community Orchard Project, Thatchers is looking for fifty organisations doing great things in their local neighbourhoods, to be the 2024 recipients of ten apple trees each enabling them to sow the seeds of their own community orchard.

Q Catering is Kent’s leading independent catering supplier and has been proudly supplying caterers in the South East with complete foodservice solutions for the last 20 years. It is constantly expanding its high-quality range of chilled, ambient, and frozen products as well as offering food packaging and cleaning essentials; many sourced from a variety of local and national suppliers. Steve Clarke, Managing Director, Q Catering, tells our Focus on Foodservice page what he wants to achieve in the role and how the wholesale industry has changed in recent years.

In the last few years, the World Beer and Craft & Specialties category has seen massive growth and this growth seems set to continue. This category is also driving growth of the super-premium category, as drinkers expand the variety of beers they consume. In a Supplier Spotlight interview, Sunny Mirpuri, Director for Wholesale & Convenience, Budweiser Brewing Group, tells Wholesale Manager what sets BBG’s brands apart from others and what major trends and developments are affecting the beer category.

Gordon Lauder has worked in the food sector for more than 40 years. He founded one-stop-shop frozen food consolidator Central Foods in 1996 and under his leadership the organisation has grown to become the UK’s leading frozen food consolidator to the wholesale and food service market – providing quality products that deliver on taste, consistency and value for money. He tells Wholesale Manager which products are hot news in the food service sector and how can wholesalers make the most of Veganuary.

Enjoy reading the issue.

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