Unitas Wholesale and Confex Ltd have announced that they have ended their association whereby Confex had a ‘group’ membership with Unitas Wholesale.

This arrangement predated Unitas Wholesale and was originally formed between Landmark Wholesale and Confex Ltd, however, rolled over on the formation of Unitas Wholesale.

“Moving forward we believe collaborations must add value to all parties and this one no longer does,” commented Darren Goldney, Managing Director, Unitas Wholesale in a statement.

Unitas is a 170-strong member-owned group with a collective turnover exceeding £8.5bn, 320+ supplier partnerships and a divisional approach with membership that accommodate retail-led, foodservice-led, on trade-led and specialist members of all sizes.

“We aim to be efficient for suppliers to get to scale in one place and effective in being able to deliver sales platforms that grow business,” Goldney continued.

“We are excited to be growing in 2020 and to consistently accelerate our journey to develop a ‘selling‘ culture and capability programme. We believe direct interaction and engagement with individual members who are all similarly committed, is a great route.

“For clarity, additional collaborations that can accelerate value such as Country Range Group, who has a shared vision for improvement and excellence in foodservice that Unitas Wholesale can complement, are still very much welcome.

“We thank Confex for their partnership over the years and wish them success for their future endeavours.”

A Confex spokesman said: “ Confex have enjoyed a long relationship with Unitas but relish the opportunity that their departure from Unitas gives them.

Confex recently announced the launch of 275 new foodservice own brand lines under the Core branding which will be ready for Jan 2021. This will be a focused competitive range that we believe will be a real winner for our Members.

Confex future strategy also includes developing Joint Business Plans with all of our leading Suppliers rewarding growth and discipline across the Group.

Therefore the timing of the departure is perfect for Confex and we look forward to a bright future as an independent Buying Group.

Confex will continue to recruit new wholesalers into the group who share their vision for the future.”

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