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More FWD training grants go to women than men

More than half of the money awarded as training bursaries by the Federation of Wholesale Distributors in the last 12 months has gone to women, exceeding the target set at last year’s Women in Wholesale conference.

 At the event in October 2016 FWD also announced that ...

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Wholesalers to attract talent with flexible working study

 Members of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors are planning to widen the pool of available talent in wholesale with a study of flexible working options in the sector. 

The project will look at ways to make working in the wholesale industry more attractive to tale ...

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Introducing our newest member, Suma Wholefoods

Suma Wholefoods, distributor of over 7,000 vegetarian and eco-friendly products, has joined FWD as a full wholesaler member.

As a 100% vegetarian wholesaler driven by its ethical policy, the co-operative has strict requirements from suppliers around ingredients, sourcing and the ...

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Sterling Supergroup adds its weight to FWD’s sector representation

Sterling Supergroup, which represents 38 foodservice wholesalers and distributes the Sterling Caterers Essentials brand, has joined FWD. The Federation now has eight buying groups among its membership with the total number of wholesalers represented now standing at 568.

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Wholesaler saves retailer's licence with AWRS check
An alert wholesaler representative has saved a retailer from possible prosecution after an unscrupulous trader attempted to pass themselves off as a registered alco ...

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Big name brands back wholesale to deliver for them

Product suppliers are demonstrating their commitment to the wholesale sector through investment in FWD’s services as the hub of wholesale distribution.

Recent months have seen an unprecedented rush by major brands to invest in the channel through Supplier Partner membershi ...

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Flexible working a challenge for women in wholesale

A lack of flexible working options was voted the biggest challenge for 52% of women, according to exclusive HIM research published in the Women in Wholesale (WiW) Report.

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Buyer beware: avoid unregistered alcohol wholesalers with a simple online check
Pubs and shops must take care where they purchase their alcohol now that rogue wholesalers can be identified under new registration rules, warns the Federation of Wholesale Distributors.

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Important news for alcohol trade buyers - from April 1st you need to check your wholesaler is registered

New rules for businesses that buy alcohol to sell to consumers come into force on April 1. You will be responsible for checking that your alcohol source is registered under the Alcohol Wholesaler ...

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Soft drinks and cider top wholesalers’ Budget concerns

The soft drinks levy, National Living Wage and potential new duty rates on cider are the key issues in today’s Budget for food and drink wholesalers, as identified by the Federation of Wholesale Distributors.

Confirming  the levy on high sugar soft drinks at 18p ...

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Imperial Tobacco and FWD launch wholesaler-focused Suspect it? Report it! anti-illicit trade poster campaign

The illicit trade continues to be a scourge on the UK’s retail sector. 1 in 81 independent stores are under threat from the damage being done to sales and associated basket spend by illegal tobacco, and illicit tobacco purchases cheat UK shops out of around £3.4 b ...

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One month to prepare for alcohol registration

There is just one month to go until the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) will require retailers to check that their wholesalers are approved by HMRC by checking the Unique Reference Number (URN) on their invoices.

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FWD chairman addresses foodservice and hospitality with Arena Savoy Lecture

Bidvest Foodservice chief executive and FWD chairman Andrew Selley will deliver the The Arena Savoy Lecture 2017 on Monday 20 March.

Andrew will address foodservice and hospitality professionals on Bidvest's vision and strategy, the move to rebrand as Bidfood ...

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New alcohol checks will stop retailers paying for fraud

Retailers, landlords 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’ alco ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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