Check out December’s Wholesale News

Full FWD Gold Medals coverage, FWD at 100, plus interviews and insight across the sector

So that was 2018 – and what a year it’s been. When the wholesale industry stood on the cusp of the new year last December, not many would have predicted the closures, mergers and retirements about to happen in the following 12 months – with more consolidation predicted and Brexit on the horizon.

This issue we share the FWD Gold Medal Awards celebrations, and with the event also marking FWD’s centenary we also take a look back at the Federation’s proud past.

And with Europe in sharp focus right now, we find out why for one of FWD’s newest members, Spanish wholesaler Mevalco, new import rules could have an even greater impact, as we find out all the tricks of the trade from MD David Menendez.

As ever, Wholesale News is free to subscribe to and is also available in our digital edition, so take a read whichever way suits you best. Here’s a flavour of what you can find in December’s issue:

Spanish origins

A thirst for quality and authenticity has seen David Menendez grow Spanish fine foods wholesaler Mevalco from a farmers’ market star to the home of Iberian cuisine – but he couldn’t have done any of it without a little bit of help from his friends back home

 

Stars and stripes

While Donald Trump’s visit to the UK might not have gone down too well, American imports usually enjoy more success – and as Wholesale News finds, a new raft of US products are setting our shores alight

The great cigarette conundrum

With the swing in popularity between tobacco and e-cigarettes gaining traction, wholesalers can’t afford to fall behind the trends – and JTI’s Head of Wholesale Jan Louw is on hand to make sure that doesn’t happen

 

Golden moments

It was a night to remember for some of wholesale’s biggest names as FWD’s annual awards evening celebrated the best performances from the past year – and recognised two figures who have been achieving for much longer

 

FWD at one hundred

As the Federation celebrates a century of service to the wholesale sector, FWD’s Director of Communications David Visick digs into the archives and discovers that the industry’s talking points haven’t changed very much over the last 100 years

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