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The best of both


A recent visit to the Hammond Group’s stunning Three Elm site in Tonbridge, Kent, filled with Co-op-branded products, prompted further investigation into the Southern Co-op’s Welcome franchise.

Symbols of success


While talking about the Londis brand’s 60th birthday earlier this year, Martin Swadling, Londis brand director, revealed that 49% of its retail stores are in the forecourt sector. The estate is a mixture of independent retailers and groups, but a huge chunk belongs to number one Top 50 Indie, MFG.

Nisa launches World Food promotional event

2019-04-12T00:00:00+01:00By John Wood

A new promotional event is being launched for Nisa retailers to help them tap into the popularity of the world food category.

The cable guys


The size of the prize when it comes to the gadgets and gizmos category for forecourt retailers is huge, according to Craig Walker, operations director at Fifo. "Our top stores can turn over up to £1,000 per month in accessories alone," he says.

Pet potential


Today in the UK, 13 million households have a pet. Our pet population includes nine million dogs, eight million cats, 900,000 rabbits, 400,000 snakes and lizards, and 100,000 rats. Most owners will no doubt shop at specialist stores such as Pets at Home or buy their petcare items along with ...

Brand leaders


You’re on a long journey on the motorway, with one eye on the fuel gauge and another on the clock to see whether it’s time for a break. A sign comes up saying ’Services ahead’ but it says M&S Simply Food and McDonald’s and you wanted Waitrose, while the kids ...

product news: new Walkers van sales operation planned

2017-12-15T00:00:00+00:00By John Wood

PepsiCo UK will establish a new van sales operation to deliver Walkers snack products direct to independent retailers, foodservice operators and the licensed trade.

product news: Spar supports charity with festive sandwiches

2017-11-17T00:00:00+00:00By John Wood

Spar UK is raising funds for Marie Curie this Christmas, with the launch of a limited edition festive sandwich range.

product news: Bidfood introduces health conscious desserts

2017-11-17T00:00:00+00:00By John Wood

Foodservice supplier Bidfood has launched Better 4 Me, a new dessert range that caters for health-conscious consumers and the increasing demand for vegan and free-from food options.

Best-One in town


At the start of the year, Certas Energy reached agreement with Bestway Wholesale to be a preferred retail partner across its independent Gulf and Pace-branded sites. Six months before that, Top 50 Indie, Park Garage Group, also allied itself with Bestway Wholesale by signing an exclusive distribution agreement.