What’s in store for Spring 2018?

16 Oct 2017 08:00:00

It’s vital to plan for seasonal occasions in store and with the string of seasonal events in Spring, our latest offering has got you covered to help stock the shelves with the finest quality gifts...Read More

I had a phone call earlier today from a journalist wanting my comments on Amazon, as apparently FMCG wholesalers across the pond are having sleepless nights about what they are doing in the market.

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Paul Hargreaves: A Reality Check

9 Oct 2017 09:30:13

I was encouraged to see so many start-up food businesses represented at the Bread and Jam Festival last week.  My Last Word article in this month’s Speciality Food Magazine reflects more on the sheer numbers coming into the industry at present.

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Keeping Christmas Chilled

9 Oct 2017 08:00:00

Christmas is coming!  In fact, for most of our customers (whether they’re a farm shop, convenience store or deli) planning and buying for ambient Christmas has been and gone, and now it’s time to plan your chilled offering.

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When I started our Young Entrepreneur of the Year Competition 6 years ago, there were hardly any young people starting businesses. This has all changed now, and there are so many ambitious millennials coming into the food and drink sector. They are ambitious, and have a desire to succeed...

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We caught up with Beth McMurray, the owner of Three Trees Farm Shop, to find out how they have benefited from consolidating deliveries with us...

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Last year we were, of course, badly stung by the drop in exchange rates after Brexit, our Christmas catalogue already being published by then.  We were left with two choices, either pass on the increases to our customers, or take the hit ourselves! We did the latter.  So any small gain in margin this year will see some of the loss returned!

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Paul Hargreaves explains that one might argue that in these days of increased competition, there is more need for face-to-face sales than ever before?  But some buyers are resistant to “reps” coming in to push their particular brand. Therefore, how are you as a brand owner and producer going to ensure that it is your products on the shelves over the next few months rather than the many others that buyer saw at the show last week? 

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Sustainable Growth

11 Sep 2017 08:15:32

Using fewer routes to market can have a massive impact financially, logistically and environmentally.  To support this, we will always price-match the same products that the retailer may be buying from elsewhere.

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This week has seen another successful Speciality and Fine Food Fair go by – bigger and better than ever! Read on to find out who won our Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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