John Mills to leave Unitas at end of year

Unitas Wholesale deputy managing director John Mills (pictured) is leaving at the end of the year – one year after the Doncaster-based group was created from the merger of Today’s Group and Landmark Wholesale.

Managing director Darren Goldney said: “The integration has been effectively managed and Unitas is making great progress. John has been a massive part of our success to date. I’d like to personally thank him for his contribution and wish him the very best for the future.

“He has shown brilliant leadership and teamwork and will be hugely missed.”

The role of deputy managing director will not be refilled.

Another Unitas Wholesale internal move sees the appointment of John Kinney, currently the group’s retail director, as sales & marketing director from the start of next year.

Tel: Unitas Wholesale (01302) 249909



Published Date: November 13, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News

Fairway Foodservice events top £2 million

Sales at Fairway Foodservice’s latest ‘Meet the Member’ event in Tamworth, Staffs, reached £917,000, bringing the total for the two such occasions this year to £2.1 million.

That amount exceeded the previous annual best of £1.9 million.

More than 40 suppliers supported the show, including Unilever and chocolate distributor HB Ingredients.

Marketing and events manager Richard Ellison said: “Our Meet the Member events continue to surpass previous meetings. The continued development of the relationship between members and suppliers is also evident in the deals concluded.

“There is a genuine feeling among those that attend that everything is in place to benefit everyone in the room, from quality products and enticing deals to education and innovation.”

Fairway members also approved the addition of MS cod fish fingers and fish cakes to the own-brand range as well as a dispenser for clingfilm.

The social side included clay pigeon shooting and bowling.

Group turnover last year was £801.5 million.

Tel: Fairway Foodservice (01422) 319100



Published Date: November 11, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News

Diageo confirms less involvement with Unitas head office

Leading drinks supplier Diageo, whose brands include Smirnoff, Baileys and Guinness, is to have less involvement with Unitas Wholesale’s head office, although its dealings with member wholesalers remain unchanged.

The lessening of ties with the group involves funding and new product launches.

A Diageo spokesperson told Cash & Carry Management: “We would like to thank all the Unitas members for the support they have provided over the years (also under both the previous Landmark and Today’s set-ups).

“We are committed to investing in the trade and, following a review, have decided to support the independent channel directly.

“We believe this will deliver greater benefit to our customers over the next few years.”

Unitas Wholesale declined to comment on the Diageo situation after being approached by Cash & Carry Management.

Tel: Diageo 020-8978 6000

Tel: Unitas Wholesale (01302) 249909



Published Date: November 11, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News

Confex members to become shareholders

Confex, which has been run as a family-owned business since it was founded in 1972, is radically changing its corporate structure.

From 1 January 2020, the 220 members will become shareholders in the group and also play an integral part in deciding its future direction. All future profits made by head office will be shared amongst the membership according to their contribution to group turnover.

In addition, a new board of eight directors will, for the first time, comprise four representatives from the membership and four members of the management team who work at Confex HQ in Moreton-in-Marsh.

The role of chairman, created for the first time earlier this year for Martin Williams, the former managing director of Landmark, will become permanent. It is expected that future chairmen may come from amongst the members or be figures with a similar industry standing to that of Martin Williams.

Confex director James Loffet said: “The introduction of member shares and dividends is a practical demonstration of our continuing total commitment to our members and shows that we work tirelessly for the success and growth of their businesses. Our loyal members now know they will be rewarded for their support. ”

Tel: Confex (01608) 652333



Published Date: November 11, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News

Bestway donates £100,000 to Save the Children

Bestway has presented a cheque for £100,000 to charity Save the Children. The money was raised through Bestway’s annual Ascot Charity Race Day, held in the summer and attended by over 800 people.

Lord Zameer Choudrey (second on right), chief executive of Bestway Group, and Dawood Pervez (left), managing director of Bestway Wholesale, with representatives of Save the Children.

Over 20 charities have benefited from funds raised through the event since it began in 1994. These include Save the Children, which first became associated with the Bestway Foundation as the chosen charity in 2004.

Chief executive of Bestway Group Lord Zameer Choudrey commented: “We are delighted to support the work of Save the Children for the second time – made even more special by the fact it’s the charity’s 100th year anniversary this year. The annual Ascot Charity Race Day is just one of the ways that Bestway Foundation gives back to people in need and we are very grateful to our supplier partners and colleagues for supporting this annual event and donating generously to ticket purchases, the charity auction, tombola and other fundraising activities back in June.”

The donation of £100,000 will enable Save the Children to support almost 400 children and their parents living in poverty in the UK, by providing the tools to help their learning at home, which they simply can’t afford. This includes educational toys, books, essentials, such as a table or a bed, and advice and guidance for parents to engage in their child’s learning.

Since 1987, Bestway Group has donated in excess of £14.8 million to Bestway Foundation in the UK.

Tel: Bestway 020-8453 1234



Published Date: November 8, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News