Focus on Spar Y Maes

17 Apr 2017 17:43:00

The award winning Spar Y Maes convenience store in Pwllheli, is a true family business. We spoke to store manager Jimmy Roberts to understand what makes Spar Y Maes such a great success.

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Soft Drinks - Ones to Watch

10 Apr 2017 17:36:00

As a soft drinks wholesaler, we are always on the look-out for brands and products that offer our customers something a little bit different from the norm.

As one of our largest categories, our soft drinks suppliers offer convenience stores, fine food retailers or delis a huge choice of different drinks to stock.

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What a fabulous weekend!  I really enjoyed my 3 days away in Tallinn last weekend, and can thoroughly recommend a visit there.  However, I got the timing horribly wrong.  It was 18 degrees at home last week and when we arrived in Tallinn, only 1 degree.  So, do go, but wait until May.  However, that cold weather is thoroughly appropriate for today’s task of helping to proof-read the Christmas Catalogue.  Yes, I know, it’s annoying isn’t it! We’ve only just recovered from the last one, but don’t blame me.  We only followed the larger wholesalers who had been doing it for many years before Cotswold Fayre started!  The belief is that the early bird catches the worm around May!

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Soft Drinks Overview

3 Apr 2017 17:26:00

There has been much debate on soft drinks over the last few weeks, primarily centred around the Government’s ‘sugar-tax’ introduced in March’s budget.

As a wholesaler of soft drinks, we believe that the large manufacturers will continue to seek ways to reduce sugar and perhaps resist passing this new tax onto consumers.

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Waitrose, performed their best in the last decade during the deepest parts of recession.  By no coincidence, Cotswold Fayre tends to grow faster in times of low economic growth.  Why is this?

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Maloney’s Budgens Ascot is owned by two brothers, Vince and Dennis Maloney, who purchased the store in 2006, with a clear vision to create a store that sits firmly in the heart of the local community.

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By the time you read this Article 50 may well have been triggered, or it May have been delayed (see what I did there?)  I have made my views on Brexit very clear over the past year, so have many others within the business world, but I like them whilst we voted “Remain” had resigned ourselves to the process of leaving, hoping for a smooth transition.  I wouldn’t say that I have become optimistic about being out of Europe but had begun to see some positives. 

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Paul Hargreaves - Back to Africa

13 Mar 2017 10:13:35

I’m writing this week’s blog from Western Kenya, where I am visiting our project and planning to try and make the children’s centre (orphanage and schools) more self-sufficient. For those who don’t know, we are doing this primarily by investing funds into a farm business. Now, you cry, what does Paul Hargreaves know about farming? And the answer is, “A lot more than I used to”.

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Snacking – Ones to Watch

13 Mar 2017 09:56:00

There is no doubt that snacking is an extremely dynamic category with consumers seeking new and innovative products alongside traditional favourites and healthier snacks alongside indulgent treats. As a snacks wholesaler we are always on the look-out for new snack brands and products that offer something a little different from the norm. 

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With ninety five per cent of UK consumers snacking every month and seventy four per cent snacking at least once a day it is perhaps no surprise that as a wholesaler of snacks and crisps we are also seeing considerable growth in this sector.Read More
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