Fresh new look and Sicilian lemon layered variant for Nomadic

Nomadic Dairy has unveiled a new look and an addition to its layered yogurt range.

The new variant is Sicilian lemon (rsp £1.40/160g), and it joins raspberry, salted caramel and alphonso mango styles. In addition to these and its yogurt and oat clusters, the firm makes a three-strong range of kefirs.

Nomadic is now the No.1 adult yogurt brand in the GB convenience category (IRI).

The Irish yogurt maker has total UK market sales of £20.9 million and is bucking the trend in the chilled yogurt desserts market. Against an overall market sales decline of 2%, Nomadic has achieved growth of 18.8%, adding £3.3 million to its total sales, year on year.

The brand’s new look is designed to continue its drive for value in the category, which the company says is being ‘eroded by ever cheaper multipacks and deep deals on single brand multibuys’. With government forecasts saying that, by 2021, a third of all households will be single occupancy, Nomadic believes it is well placed to provide solutions for a demographic that wants single-serve formats.

Alan Cunningham, Nomadic Dairy’s MD, says: “We have a clear focus on single-serve, convenient and portable products – always with a spoon included. Our consumers want balance in both their lives and diet and our yogurts provide just that – natural, delicious, products free from the taint of artificial ingredients and available in single units. Whether it’s ‘desk-fast’, lunch, a post-gym treat or an end to dinner, we’ve got a pot to match their busy lifestyles.”

Nomadic continues to source milk from nearby family farms in County Donegal. It stubbornly refuses to produce a zero-fat product, preferring to maintain what it calls the ‘integrity’ of traditional yogurt making.

Tel: Nomadic +353 (0) 74 914 9678


Published Date: September 19, 2019
Category: Product & Promotions News

Parfetts achieves substantial increases in sales and profits

In the year to the end of June, Parfetts increased pre-tax profit by 17.5% to £6.1 million on sales up by 9.8% to £380 million.

The employee-owned business, now with seven cash & carries, paid staff a tax-free 2% sales bonus in July, and a second amount will be paid to them, based on profit, next month.

Joint managing director Greg Suszczenia said: “These are record results in both sales and profitability, despite paying two bonuses to all staff as well as investing heavily in the business.

“It has been a tough 10 years for our business paying off the (Parfett) family. These results are a testament to the hard work of all staff in achieving that and a great springboard into the next decade.”

Among the highlights were a 10% sales increase for the GOLD (Go Local Direct) operation based at the Sheffield site, growth of the Go Local symbol chain and a doubling in weekly turnover at the Middlesbrough branch, formerly owned by Blakemore.

Parfetts 0161-429 0429


Published Date: September 17, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News

Gary Mullineux appointed interim managing director at Caterforce

Gary Mullineux (pictured) has been appointed as interim managing director of Caterforce.

His appointment follows the announcement that Nick Redford is to step down as MD in December.

Caterforce chairman Stephen Carr commented: “Having already been with the business for eight years, Gary has extensive knowledge across all aspects of the group as well as strong existing relationships with each of our members and suppliers.

“Gary assumed the position as of 1 September and will work alongside Nick Redford until his departure in December. During this time, we will continue working closely with our members and suppliers on future plans for the group.”

Mullineux added: “It’s a privilege to be given this opportunity and to work alongside Nick to help shape the future of Caterforce. As a group we’re in a fantastic position and that is testament to the work Nick has done. I look forward to working with our members and suppliers in this new role to help us to continue in our success.”

Tel: Caterforce (01625) 440188


Published Date: September 16, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News

Record number of entrants for Bestway Retail Development Awards

More than 150 retailers – a record number – have entered Bestway Wholesale’s Retail Development Awards ahead of the awards ceremony at Marriott Grosvenor Square, London, on 17 October.

All of the award entrants attended one of Bestway’s Retail Development Seminars earlier this year.

Both best-one symbol group retailers and independent retailers have entered the awards, all of whom attended one of Bestway’s Retail Development Seminars earlier this year.

The Retail Development Programme has been running for 18 years, providing insight and support to independent retailers from Bestway and leading supplier partners of the scheme.

All retail customers of Bestway can attend a seminar in the Spring in Scotland or the North or the South of England, to obtain knowledge by category and get a first look at new product developments and special promotions via the trade show on the second day of the event.

Retailers who attend the seminars, and then implement changes to their store with the support of suppliers and their Bestway Development Manager, can enter the awards to win a cash prize.

Award categories include several by product area, including soft drinks, beers and ciders, pet food, baby food and chilled. In addition, retailers can enter community retailer of the year, an independently judged award which recognises the retailer most at the heart of their community.

Except for ‘tobacco retailer of the year’, which is judged by Imperial Tobacco, the awards are all judged by the best-one business development team headed up by Paul Adams, head of retail development and sales for best-one. The winning retailers are selected based on their professionalism, implementation of the insights they learned at the seminars and sales figures which demonstrated improvements.

Adams comments: “A lot of effort has been put into these awards by a lot of retailers and we’ve had some really great entries. In selecting winners, I’ll be looking for people who have genuinely engaged with the RDA’s scheme by attending the seminars, listening to what was said and implementing the changes in their store. Choosing the finalists won’t be easy, as we have so many great stories to tell.”

A total of 18 category winners will be selected, with the top four retailers crowned Scottish, Northern and Southern winner and overall National winner. The total prize fund is worth over £50,000.

The full list of winners will be communicated after the awards ceremony on 17th October. Suppliers can purchase tickets for the awards by emailing

Tel: Bestway Group 020-8453 1234


Published Date: September 15, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News

Spanish Ham Master Jose Sol joins Mevalco as sales director

Jose Sol has joined premium Spanish food wholesaler Mevalco in the role of sales director.

Sol (right) will be working closely with managing directors David Menendez and Justin Slawson and he will take a leading role across Mevalco’s growing fine-dining portfolio and national account customers.

He was formerly founder of The Spanish Ham Master, specialising in the art of carving jamón, and is a consultant to Cinco Jotas, the famed Spanish Restaurant group in Madrid.

Sol comments: “I am passionate about all Spanish foods and for me Mevalco represents the best of Spanish produce, sourcing, importing and offering UK chefs and retailers an unique opportunity to buy the very best. I am enormously excited by the opportunity and the like-minded approach to business across the senior management team.”

Mevalco has more than doubled its turnover in the last two years and has laid out ambitious plans for the future.

Tel: Mevalco (0117) 982 6540


Published Date: September 14, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News