Costcutter has announced that it is ahead of schedule in the transition of its supplies from Nisa to Palmer & Harvey.

The original plan, announced in March 2013, had been for the new supply arrangements to come into effect in July 2014, but they will now begin four months earlier in Northern Ireland.

Costcutter said Palmer & Harvey had invested £1m in a new temperature-controlled Belfast depot to manage the increased volume and will begin the new supply arrangements in March.

Darcy Willson-Rymer, ceo of Costcutter Supermarkets Group, said: “2013 was a big year for Costcutter Supermarkets Group and in March we didn’t just simply announce a new strategic partnership and joint venture, we also made a number of promises to our retailers. The news that we are migrating Northern Ireland ahead of schedule, confirms that we are very much on track to deliver these promises, and the response from affected retailers has been incredibly positive.

“They are excited about the benefits the changes will bring across the areas that are most important to them and their business. These have always been range, price, promotion and distribution, and these are the areas that we have invested time and resource in to ensure that we were in a position to make the improvements we shared with them this week.

“This is only the beginning for us though and, by continuing to cultivate the benefits of collaborative working between Costcutter, members, suppliers and Palmer & Harvey, we will continue to bring news of further improvements to the table. This remains our focus, as does supporting retailers through the migration and ensuring they receive the individual help they want to improve their business.”