HEADLINES THIS WEEK:
– BOOKER ACQUIRES BUDGENS AND LONDIS IN £40M DEAL
– LANDMARK STEPS UP INVOLVEMENT IN FOODSERVICE SECTOR
– XTRA LOCAL EXPRESS LAUNCHED BY BESTWAY
– KFF EXTENDS PRODUCT RANGE
BOOKER BUYS BUDGENS AND LONDIS FROM MUSGRAVE
Subject to approval by the Competition & Markets Authority, Booker Group is paying £40 million for the combined Budgens and Londis retail businesses, currently operated by Musgrave Retail Partners.
The twin chain, with almost 1,800 shops, had sales of £833 million last year, although there was an operating loss before exceptional items of £7.4 million.
Booker chief executive Charles Wilson said that the two fascias would run alongside the C&C/wholesaler’s own Premier chain, which presently comprises 3,082 outlets and achieved a 14% rise in sales in 2014.
Along with Budgens, Londis is being bought by Booker for £40 million.[/caption]
Tel: Booker Group (01933) 371000
LANDMARK UNVEILS FOODSERVICE BROCHURES
Landmark Wholesale has stepped up its involvement in the foodservice sector by producing three product catalogues as part of its its new Caterer Connections club.
They are: On-Trade Essentials, Quick Service Essentials and Cost Sector Essentials. They can be picked up in member depots or downloaded online.
Business development director Chris Doyle said: “We have carefully chosen 30 suppliers that we believe are integral to foodservice across the chilled, ambient, on-trade and non-food categories. We are confident this is the perfect number to cover the essential products every caterer should be considering for his business.”
As well as the three guides, the Caterer Connections programme includes a monthly magazine, Caterers Specials, which provides tips on trends and developments within the industry, along with advice and ideas.
Landmark also arranges twice-yearly, one-to-one meetings between members and foodservice suppliers.
Tel: Landmark Wholesale (01908) 255300
BESTWAY LAUNCHES NEW RETAIL CLUB FORMAT
Bestway’s Xtra Local retail club is launching a new format for smaller stores in the realisation that some shopkeepers are unable to feature all the monthly promotions due to lack of space.
Rather than penalise them for non-compliance, the group has introduced XL Xpress – a slimmed-down version of Xtra Local.
It, too, offers ‘highly competitive’ promotional deals and in-store point-of-sale, but on a smaller scale for those with fewer than 5 x 1m bays for traditional grocery.
James Hall, Bestway’s symbol & club director, said that Xtra Local Xpress requires retailers to take a minimum of 12 consumer-facing deals (15 if licensed), rather than the full-scale Xtra Local requirement.
These promotions have been designed exclusively for stores that are more impulse driven, with high footfall but without the breadth of range of a normal convenience offer. Members receive regular monthly PoS and sales material to highlight deals and trigger additional consumer purchases.
Hall commented: “Since we recently trialled Xtra Local Xpress we have brought over 300 retailers into the scheme – a mix of new and Xtra Local customers making the transition.
“Offering value has never been as important in retail, and by ensuring that smaller stores can compete and attract new shoppers through highly competitive promotions, we are confident that Xtra Local Xpress will appeal massively to a wide range of retailers who want to offer their customers the best deals locally.”
Tel: Bestway Group 020-8453 1234
KFF EXTENDS PRODUCT RANGE
Foodservice wholesaler kff has published a brochure that features 60 new product lines, including 10 cakes from successful Dragons’ Den contestant Proper Maid, such as Courgette & Lime, Beetroot & White Chocolate and Dandelion & Burdock.
The publication – with three different front covers according to the product segment – also lists foods from 28 suppliers, covering meat, fish, bread and desserts. Gluten-free items are clearly identified.
kff managing director Chris Beckley said: “The introduction of these lines is very exciting for the business. We have transformed our brochure with an extra twenty-four pages to meet the needs of our customers and help them better understand which products are most suited to their business.”
Both the company’s depots in Aylesford, Kent, and Witney, Oxon, are undergoing improvements.
Tel: kff (0500) 829798