FWD News

01/02/2017
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New alcohol checks will stop retailers paying for fraud

Retailers and caterers must check that their alcohol wholesaler is registered under new rules which come into force on April 1st.

After that date, any retailer who buys from a source which has not been approved by HMRC as a ‘fit and proper’ alcohol trader ...



27/01/2017
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Booker and Tesco merger

Our response to todays' announcement of a proposed merger between FWD member Booker and Tesco:

"FWD represents the interests of all food and drink wholesalers who supply and support retail and catering businesses. We are looking forw ...



25/01/2017
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FWD invests in member services with new supplier liaison role

Former FWD Chairman Martin Williams is to return to the Federation management team as Associate Director, with a remit to help supplier companies get the most out of FWD membership and achieve their goals in the wholesale channel.


25/11/2016
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Wholesalers name their top brands of 2016

Members of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors revealed their choice of the best brands, products and innovations of the year at the FWD’s Gold Medal Awards last night.


23/11/2016
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Living Wage increase will cost low-margin wholesalers £12m next year

The increase in the National Living Wage announced today will add £12.4m to wholesale distributors’ wage costs next year, the equivalent of 546 full time jobs, says the Federation of Wholesale Distributors. 

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement in his ...



18/11/2016
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FWD Welcomes Fairway for a Foodservice Full House

FAIRWAY FOODSERVICE has joined the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) as a full member, adding its voice to the Federation’s work on behalf of retail and foodservice wholesalers and their 400,000 customer businesses.


11/11/2016
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FWD appoints first foodservice chairman

 Bidvest Foodservice CEO Andrew Selley is the new chairman of FWD, taking over from Martin Williams of Landmark Wholesale, whose extended three-year turn at the helm comes to an end in December. He's the first Chairman to come from a foodservice distributor although previous Presid ...



03/11/2016
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National Recognition for FWD apprentices and trainees

Seventeen new stars of the wholesale sector were praised by the Government for their dedication to apprenticeships and training at the FWD’s Skills and Development Awards at the House of Commons.


21/10/2016
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Wholesaler registration is the answer to record alcohol fraud figures – FWD
Taxpayers and alcohol wholesalers are the victims of a growing fraud, as the amount of beer sold illegally now represents 15% of the total UK market – the highest percentage recorded by HMRC this century. ...


14/10/2016
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The best bet for the biggest brands

Availability, price, relationships and investment were the four pillars of success in the wholesale channel identified by wholesalers and manufacturers at the FWD’s Senior Executive briefing.


22/09/2016
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FWD to chair Arena Brexit panel

James Bielby, CEO of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors, will chair a panel discussion on the impact of Brexit on the foodservice and hospitality industry at the Arena lunch at the Landmark Hotel, London, on September 30. Panelists include: Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, British Hospitality As ...



15/08/2016
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AWRS applies to retailers from April 2017

The first registration numbers for alcohol wholesalers under the new Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs, but retailers should be aware that the numbers have no significance until April next year.

Advice from the Federation of ...



01/08/2016
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Trade Bodies Urge Caution on Future Living Wage Rises

FWD and a group of trade associations representing the interests of over 388,185 businesses, employing 4,450,282 people, have written to the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, urging caution over planned increases in the National Living Wage ...



05/07/2016
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Fitter, faster, leaner and smarter - together

FWD Chairman Martin Williams has called on the food and drink wholesale sector to work "Fitter, faster, leaner and smarter together” to take advantage of growth opportunities in a changing and challenging trading environment. In his closing address to delegates at FWD’s Winn ...



08/06/2016
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Team Wholesale takes the pitch for a match not to miss

At least one team of winners will return to the National Football Centre later this month, as the wholesale sector gathers for its annual summit at the FA’s Headquarters in Burton-on-Trent on June 30.



18/05/2016
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BBC Food is caterers second favourite source of inspiration

The threatened removal of the BBC’s recipe archives would have been a huge loss to caterers who rated the corporation’s online content as their second favourite source of inspiration in a recent poll.

53% of the 400 chefs and catering managers interviewed by the Fede ...



16/05/2016
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HMRC sets its sights on rogue wholesalers

Illicit alcohol wholesalers will be exposed and investigated ahead of next year’s introduction of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme, a Treasury Minister has said.

In a letter to FWD, Damian Hinds MP, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said that HM ...


12/05/2016
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A winning team at the home of English football

Will we still be in Europe at the end of next month? When FWD members and associates gather at the National Football Centre for their annual conference on June 30, the England team may still be in the European Championships, but the future of Britain’s membership of the European U ...



18/04/2016
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Improving distribution with the ‘perfect order’ 

A new industry group is planning to improve wholesalers’ service to customers and take cost out of the supply chain by modeling the ‘perfect order’.

Part of the FWD’s Supplier Council, the Supply Chain Improvement Group will establish an industry standard ...



24/03/2016
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New research reveals foodservice customers’ advice for suppliers and wholesalers

Delivery times, product information and help with understanding legislation are among the areas where foodservice operators most want help from their wholesalers and suppliers, according to new research carried out by the Federation of Wholesale Distributors.


14/03/2016
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Just days to go for alcohol wholesale sign-up

Companies which sell alcohol to other businesses must apply for HMRC's Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme by March 31st or risk going out of business - and for those who have yet to s ...



09/03/2016
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Sunday coalition wins the day

Members of Parliament today reflected the public's support for small shops and shop workers by removing from the Enterprise Bill a proposal to allow local authorities to extend the opening hours of larger shops. FWD represents the food and drink wholesalers who supply and support o ...



07/03/2016
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The Arena Savoy Lecture 2016 with Ken McMeikan, Group Chief Executive, Brakes Group

The wholesale industry impacts all areas of the UK foodservice and hospitality market and economic growth. Leading the pack in this dynamic £30bn-plus sector is Brakes Group. Its Group Chief Executive and influential figure Ken McMeikan will address foodservice and hospitality pro ...



25/02/2016
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FWD support legal challenge to Sunday trading consultation

FWD is among a group of organisations which have have issued a legal challenge to the Government's consultation process for changes to Sunday trading regulations.

We have joined other members of the Keep Sunday Special group in signing a letter which sets out plan ...




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