Flipz launched by pladis following success in America

Pladis has added one of America’s favourite treats to its UK portfolio – the chocolate-covered pretzel snack Flipz.

In the US, Flipz is currently worth $61m at retail sales value, having seen double-digit growth over the last three years.

For the UK, the product is available in 100g pouches (rsp £1.50) in two variants – Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. With its modern packaging, playful brand character and American heritage, Flipz is expected to achieve retail sales in the UK of £9 million in its first year.

Sarah Horowitz, director of the new ventures business unit at pladis UK&I, commented: “We have seen sweet and savoury flavour combinations growing in popularity in the UK, although so far it has been largely limited to popcorn and nuts. Research suggests that almost one in six consumers would be interested in a savoury snack with chocolate (Mintel) – a trend which Flipz should be well placed to tap into.

“We believe that people will love the combination of a salty pretzel smothered in a smooth chocolate coating, delivering a fantastic taste and texture combination in every bite.”

Tel: pladis 020-8234 5000

Published Date: May 24, 2018
Category: Product & Promotions News

Kettle Foods relaunches price-marked sharing bags

Kettle Foods is targeting the independent convenience sector with the
relaunch of its price-marked sharing bags of Kettle Chips.

The new range offers a £1 price point for 80g sharing bags in the five top-selling variants of Kettle Chips: Mature Cheddar & Red Onion, Sea Salt with Crushed Black Peppercorns, Lightly Salted, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, and Sweet Chilli & Sour Cream.

“The new £1 range of Kettle Chips is a great way to prompt trial. We encourage wholesalers to make the most of this opportunity, particularly during the busy World Cup and BBQ season,” says Sarah Gibson, channel manager.

The supplier is also investing £3 million in advertising support for the brand. With its ‘Real Food Real Pleasure’ campaign, Kettle Foods is highlighting the taste profile and authentic recipes of Kettle Chips.

Tel: Kettle Foods (0800) 616996

Published Date: May 24, 2018
Category: Product of the Month

Today’s Group aims for 10% boost in retail club and symbol members

Today’s Group has embarked on an ambitious expansion programme which could see 10% growth in the number of retail club members (currently 2,923) and symbol stores (494) over the coming year.

Marketing controller Anita Oakhill told Cash & Carry Management: “Our aim is to grow the Today’s symbol and retail club estate nationally by around 300 during the next 12 months.

“We operate nationwide, including the Scottish Highlands and Islands and Ireland.”

The symbol store chain has 50% of its members located in Scotland and 25% in Ireland. England also accounts for 25%, with 72% of the stores in the north, 20% in Greater London and 8% on the Isle of Man.

Some 66% of Today’s retail club affiliates are based in Greater London, 16% in the Midlands, 12% in Scotland, 5% in the north and 1% in the south-west.

The wide range of fascias includes the Today’s name followed by such suffixes as Extra, Local, Express and Drinks, plus Day-Today and Day-Today Express in Scotland.

Explaining the difference between Today’s symbol retailers and club members, Oakhill said: “Symbols will be offered a higher level of support in terms of space planning, range and merchandising guidance from business development managers, as well as being provided with the fascia, window graphics and internal signs. They are also provided with exclusive promotional activity on a three-weekly basis.

“Club members can take advantage of Today’s everyday value three-weekly promotions available through our wholesalers.”

Tel: Today’s Group (01302) 249909


Published Date: May 23, 2018
Category: Wholesale Industry News

Steve Thomson returns to Matthew Clark as executive chairman

Steve Thomson (pictured) has rejoined drinks wholesaler Matthew Clark (now owned by C&C Group) as executive chairman.

He was previously chief executive of Matthew Clark Group until it was acquired by the Conviviality Group in 2005.

During his time with the company (from 2002), it established itself as the UK’s leading drinks distributor, adding large new customers and suppliers, the majority of which are still associated with the business.

Thomson’s new role at Matthew Clark is part-time (two days a week). He will work with David Phillips, formerly group finance director and now managing director, to stabilise the business over the coming year.

Tel: Matthew Clark (01275) 891 400


Published Date: May 23, 2018
Category: Wholesale Industry News

United Wholesale Grocers acquires Blakemore’s Gateshead depot

Glasgow-based United Wholesale Grocers has acquired AF Blakemore’s Gateshead depot. All 45 existing members of staff are being retained.

A Landmark member, United Wholesale Grocers has two depots in Glasgow – in Springburn and Polmadie. It employs 180 people between those sites and has a turnover of more than £140 million.

Amaan Ramzan, managing director of United Wholesale Grocers, commented: “At a time of consolidation and change in the sector, we have recognised the need to invest both in our business and the wholesale sector as a whole.

“We, like other Landmark members, are firmly focused on identifying opportunities for growth and this deal signifies a clear step forward in our plans for expansion. We have some incredibly exciting plans for the Gateshead depot which we will share in due course, and we look forward to taking over in June.”

John Mills, managing director of Landmark Wholesale, added: “We are absolutely delighted that the Gateshead depot and all members of staff will remain within the Landmark family. We hope that other Blakemore depots will also be bought as going concerns, preferably by Landmark members or others in the wholesale sector.”

Tel: United Wholesale Grocers 0141-557 2255


Published Date: May 23, 2018
Category: Wholesale Industry News