Welcome to the June issue of Wholesale Manager. The Association of Convenience Stores has warned that the ongoing chaos over the introduction of HFSS regulations will serve only to impose more costs for consumers and cause confusion for local shops. The Government has announced that despite speculation on the future of the regulations, they intend to press ahead with both location restrictions and the promotional restrictions, but instead of implementation in October 2022 for both parts of the rules, they are pushing the implementation date back to October 2023 for the promotional restrictions (BOGOFs, 50% extra free deals etc) while the location restrictions will go ahead as planned in October 2022.


With a continued focus on waste and recycling, Thomas Ridley reveals its achievement of diverting 99% of waste from landfill as part of its ongoing commitment to positive environmental action for its own operations and supporting customers to do the same.

It’s no secret that companies produce waste, but it’s what Thomas Ridley do with it that sets the company apart. Following many months of hard work, achieving a key goal, to divert 99% waste from landfill is a major success for the Suffolk based wholesaler.

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) in partnership with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, has announced it is introducing new, attached caps to its plastic bottles, making it easier to recycle the entire package and ensure no cap gets left behind. Production of bottles with attached caps has begun at CCEP’s site in East Kilbride, Scotland, meaning that consumers in Scotland and the North of England will start to see new caps attached to 1.5l bottles of Fanta, Coca- Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke. The switch is set to be completed for all plastic bottles across Coca-Cola GB’s range of brands by early 2024.

National Buying Consortium has enjoyed considerable growth since its launch in 2019. The group now has more than 50 members with a combined turnover of over £600 million. Managing Director David Lunt and Chairman Jason Langmead tell our Who’s Who in Wholesaling page how the group benefits both members and suppliers.

Boost Drinks celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, a huge milestone for a brand which has never stopped developing and growing. Beginning in 2001 with just one person, founder Simon Gray, the company has expanded to a team of 34 staff. In a Supplier Spotlight interview, Adrian Hipkiss, Marketing and International Business Director at Boost Drinks, reveals some of the highlights from the last 20 years and tells Wholesale Manager what the next steps are for the brand.

Enjoy reading the issue.

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