Welcome to the November issue of Wholesale Manager. Well done to Ben’s Original and Dolmio, who are continuing to partner with the Trussell Trust for the second year in a row. This is part of the wider Mars Food Purpose, Better Food Today, A Better World Tomorrow, a commitment to help give everyone access to the nutritious meals that we all deserve and to champion the benefits of shared dinnertimes. For the 14m people in the UK living in poverty, one of the biggest barriers to eating dinner together is being able to afford the meal.
Congratulations to James Hall & Co. Ltd which has expanded its successful partnership with Too Good To Go to reduce food waste across all of its company owned SPAR stores. All SPAR stores from Liverpool to Leeds and Newcastle to Northwich under the name of G&E Murgatroyd will participate in the initiative. Through the partnership, users of the Too Good To Go app are able to get ‘magic bags’ of miscellaneous surplus stock, close to the end of its shelf life, but still within its best before date at a fraction of the full retail value.
Good to hear Pringles has taken a major step towards its recycling commitments by expanding its partnership with recycling company TerraCycle to create 500 new collection points for its tubes. By providing more TerraCycle public drop off locations, and with the continuation of ACE-UK Bring Banks taking containers with metal ends, the aim is for consumers to be able to recycle in up to 85 per cent of council areas across the UK.
Bestway is introducing a store within a store concept where Best-one or Costcutter retailers can open a franchised Bargain Booze section within their shop. The concept was announced at the Bargain Booze ‘Drinks at Home’ trade show in Liverpool. Dawood Pervez, Managing Director of Bestway Wholesale, tells our Who’s Who in Wholesaling page what are the biggest developments in the sector and what are his plans to grow the business.
Unitas Wholesale, the largest wholesale services company in the UK, with a buying power in excess of £8 billion, appointed Mark Aylwin as non-executive Chairman earlier this year. With a vast amount of experience across the sector including wholesale, retail, foodservice and on trade, Aylwin brings a new perspective to the business having been in the food and drink industry for over 35 years. In a Who’s Who in Wholesaling interview, Mark Aylwin says he wants to put the group’s members at the heart of everything the business does.
Parfetts’ 87,000 sq ft Aintree depot employs 159 people. General Manager Anthony Fisher-Hibbs has worked at Parfetts for 16 years, since the age of 17. On our A Day in the Depot page, he tells Wholesale Manager how he manages a growing team that operates a hybrid model to manage traditional and delivered services.
Enjoy reading the issue.