Nov 5, 2018 | Retail
The merger of wholesale buying groups Landmark Wholesale and Today’s Wholesale Services was completed yesterday (1 November), to form a new entity, Unitas Wholesale.
Unitas, the UK’s largest food and drink wholesale and cash and carry buying group, said it had been through a period of consultation and selection with management and staff. The Unitas central office will be located at the current Today’s Group head office in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Darren Goldney, MD, said: “We are excited about the opportunities that Unitas will bring and glad that we have got to this stage quickly and smoothly. The efficiency of having access to greater scale with less points of contact demonstrates independent wholesale is organising itself for the future. With that increased scale, the best practices that both organisations bring will also make our sales efforts more effective.
“Examples include a tighter, more focused own-label range; a broader offering of central services that reduce costs for wholesalers and grows the footprint of sales; core range schemes that reach beyond the enlarged symbol estate, and the development of promotional execution processes that improve return on investment.”
Unitas said current 2018 joint business agreements between the two groups and suppliers will remain in place until the end of the calendar year.
The new Unitas trading team will begin 2019 discussions with suppliers from 1 December.