Dawood Pervez to replace Martin Race as Bestway MD

Martin Race, managing director of Bestway Wholesale, is stepping down from this role, which he has filled for two years, and will be leaving the business on 30 November.

The reason given is ‘the unenviable burden’ of being away from his family for five years to work from the C&C/wholesaler’s London head office.

Race (left), who has spent more than 30 years in the trade, was trading director of Batleys before that company was taken over by Bestway in 2005.

His replacement as Bestway MD – from 1 December – will be Dawood Pervez, son of chairman Sir Anwar Pervez OBE.

A qualified solicitor, Dawood Pervez (right) joined the company in 2002. Since then, he has headed various functions, including legal, HR, property and marketing. He has also played a key role in acquisitions, digital activity, export business and trading.

Bestway Wholesale 020-9453 1234

Published Date: September 19, 2018
Category: Wholesale Industry News

Bidfood’s Christmas Gift for hospitality workers nationwide

To reward those who work over the festive period, Bidfood’s ‘Christmas Gift’ campaign is back for another year, but this time the wholesaler is extending nominations outside its customer base to make the initiative industry-wide.

Bidfood is calling on the industry to nominate individuals in their outlets who are working Christmas Day or Boxing Day this year (and/or worked last year) and who go the extra mile to make the festive period special for thousands of others.

Four winners will be chosen from these categories:

  • Accommodation: hotels, B&Bs, hostels, pubs with accommodation, etc.
  • Care: hospitals, care homes, hospices, etc.
  • Food outlets: restaurants, pubs, cafes, bars, etc.
  • Charities/other: charities, schools, universities, etc.

Each winner will receive Christmas dinner with all the trimmings from Bidfood in January, once the busy period has passed, as well as a surprise gift.

The winners will be announced on 3 December and will be chosen by a panel of leading influencers from across the industry, including Bidfood’s group sales & marketing director Andy Kemp; Springboard’s chief executive Anne Pierce; Pride of Britain Hotels’ chief executive Peter Hancock; UK Hospitality’s chief executive Kate Nicholls; Hospitality Action’s chief executive Mark Lewis; The Savoy Educational Trust’s chief executive Julia Sibley; and The Public Sector 100 Group’s chair Andy Jones.

Bidfood’s Andy Kemp comments: “Following the overwhelming success of last year, we are delighted to announce the return of our award-winning Christmas Gift campaign.

“The sheer volume of heart-warming stories we received last year is testament to the hard work and importance the hospitality sector has on all of us.

“With thousands giving up family time in the lead up, and often on Christmas Day itself, we want to hear about some of the stand-out individuals in our industry and thank them for their contribution.”

Entries are open from Monday 15 October to midnight on Monday 12 November and can be made online at www.bidfood.co.uk/bidfood-christmas-gift

Bidfood (01494) 555900

Published Date: September 18, 2018
Category: Wholesale Industry News

JJ Mastercard gives caterers longer to pay

Caterers now get 56 days to pay their bills with the JJ Food Service Mastercard, launched less than a year ago. Additionally, the maximum spending limit has been doubled to £50,000.

The company claims that the card is providing caterers with more than £3.4 million in credit a month.

It originally offered customers up to £25,000 to spend and up to 37 days of interest-free credit, with no monthly or annual fees.

Group general manager Terry Larkin said: “We provide credit limits that are affordable and beneficial for businesses, allowing caterers to buy the stock they need.

“Now, with longer terms to repay, we’re supporting them to improve their cash flow.”

Since the launch of the card, the average customer spend at JJ Food Service has risen by 30%.

JJ Food Service (01992) 701701

Published Date: September 13, 2018
Category: Wholesale Industry News

Limited-edition J2O Glitterberry is back – and earlier this year

J₂O’s favourite limited-edition flavour, J₂O Glitterberry, is back and this year and Britvic has made it available earlier than in previous years to allow the trade to maximise seasonal sales opportunities such as Bonfire Night, Halloween and Christmas.

Last year Glitterberry – a blend of grape, cherry and winter spice flavours fused with edible gold glitter – was the third best-selling SKU in the adult soft drinks category over the festive period (Nielsen). Furthermore, £9 out of every £10 spent on the flavour was incremental to the category (Kantar). This emphasises the huge opportunity for retailers to offer their customers something different for the festive season.

To support the relaunch of Glitterberry, J2O’s brand ambassador, Mojo, a cheeky cockney alpaca, is back to remind consumers why J2O is at the heart of key social occasions. In the run-up to Christmas, Mojo will be on air with a new, advertising creative on national TV. This will be supported with a variety of in-store initiatives designed to encourage shoppers to ‘Find their Mojo’ with J₂O throughout the festive season.

Phil Sanders, GB commercial director, at home at Britvic, comments: “J₂O is growing from strength to strength, with an average of five J₂O products being sold every second (Nielsen), so it’s no wonder that customers keep returning, so much so that J₂O has the highest loyalty levels within adult soft drinks (Kantar). We are excited to be on track for another fantastic festive season – especially with £2 in every £5 spent on J₂O within the adult soft drinks category in the four weeks leading up to Christmas (Nielsen).

“We know consumers are more social in the run up to Christmas, as well as wanting to drink less alcohol over the festive season. This Christmas we want to help retailers make the most of the sales opportunities this presents, as well as other key occasions like Halloween and Bonfire Night. The early return of J₂O Glitterberry certainly helps to do this so our advice is stock up now!”

Tel: Britvic Soft Drinks (0845) 758 1781

Published Date: September 13, 2018
Category: Product & Promotions News

Taylors standardises retail and catering tea bag offering

Taylors of Harrogate is increasing the tea bag weight of its One Cup products to match its retail offering.

“We’re delighted to announce this change, a first for the industry,” says Greg Harvey, channel controller. “It brings our catering standard in line with our retail offering to guarantee the strength and quality we’re famed for.”

From October, the tea bag weight will increase from 2.5g to 3.125g and Yorkshire Tea packs will no longer have the ‘One Cup’ wording on the packaging.

Free supporting PoS materials are available through the supplier’s website.

Tel: Taylors of Harrogate (01423) 814000

Published Date: September 13, 2018
Category: Product of the Month