With depots located in all regions of the UK, FWD members supply fresh, chilled, frozen and ambient food and drinks, and associated products, to 72,000 retail businesses and 330,000 catering or foodservice businesses.
The sector’s customers include independent shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels, care homes and pubs, as well as catering outlets in private companies and public institutions such as hospitals, schools, universities and prisons.
Members of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors operate Symbol or Fascia groups, which combine the buying power of independent shops and set store standards with which group members must comply in return for the wholesaler’s help in merchandising, sourcing new products and business advice.
The activities of food and drink wholesale distributors generated £662 million in income-related taxes in 2021.
FWD wholesalers spent £26bn with suppliers, supporting 100,000 upstream jobs, and their employees spent £1.4bn on UK-based businesses.