WHOLESALE OR CATERING SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: NATIONWIDE PRODUCE
We are by far the largest non-retail specialist supplier in the UK. Turnover for 2017-18 was £117m – 82% of this was to the wholesale/foodservice/catering sector.
How did we achieve this?
• A long-term strategy to develop a direct-sourcing European network with an extensive range of products. On the UK mainland we have offices and depots in four major hubs for the UK produce industry – Lancashire, Kent, Evesham and Spalding Outside the UK mainland we have offices and depots in Belfast, Poeldijk NL, Emmen on the German border of NL and Almeria, Spain.
• In just the last financial year we’ve invested heavily in depots around Europe to allow us to coldstore and collate orders for our non-retail customers:
• £2m investment in a new depot and transport fleet in Evesham
• Extended our existing Poeldijk depot to almost double its original size - now 40,000 sq ft of offices and coldstorage with 10 loading bays
• Moved our Spanish operation into new offices with a huge 150,000 sq ft of packhouse and coldstorage space adjoined in collaboration with Godoy – the largest grower in the area.
• At all our depots we specifically cater for the needs of our non-retail customers by offering a pallet-collation service for an extensive range of products. One pallet may have up to 60 lines on it.
• Branding – we recognise the importance of branding in non-retail and work with graphic designers and growers to produce memorable brands and to maintain the integrity of the brand.