What’s in March’s Wholesale News?

Take a trip around Westons Cider Mill and meet the wholesaler without pay grades

Spring is on its way, so what better excuse to take a day out of the office to visit a cider factory?

That’s certainly how it felt when Wholesale News visited Westons Cider Mill for March’s cover feature, although the sun and tempting smell of cider weren’t the only reasons we took the trip this month. The better weather brings with it the traditionally popular time to sell one of Britain’s favourite alcoholic drinks, so it also gave us the chance to speak to Westons’ experts about the trends wholesalers should be aware of to shift more stock this year.

Our team also made it up to Yorkshire this month to visit Suma. The largest equal-pay co-operative in Britain, the wholesaler follows a business model many cynics would suggest can’t possibly be sustainable. However, as Wholesale News met employees at Suma’s main hub in Elland, it became clear quite how successful this approach could be.

But Suma is about more than simply being a co-operative and as a vegetarian wholesaler, the wares the business is selling has never been so popular.

As ever, there’s lots more to read up about, so here’s a lowdown of what you can expect inside March’s edition.

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Equal parts

No pay grades, no promotions and no politics. As the UK’s biggest equal-pay co-operative business, Suma is bucking the trend for companies everywhere, but it’s not the only reason why it’s riding the crest of a wave

In cider information

With premiumisation, Minimum Unit Pricing and changing tastes transforming the cider market, Westons Cider’s team of trend experts reveal what wholesalers should be aware of when stocking up their depots

Time ticks down on Brexit

Like last year’s CO2 crisis on steroids or a handshake away from stability? With only a few weeks remaining before Britain stumbles through the European Union’s exit door, Wholesale News finds out how several key members of the sector are preparing

Leaving Unitas a “straightforward business decision”

Foodservice buying group Fairway admits that overall will of its membership encouraged split from Unitas

Driving up your profits

Whether it’s achieving more sales, increasing coverage or improving merchandising, Inspire Field Marketing provides real value for wholesalers and suppliers. But what does Managing Director Paul Marsh believe business owners should be aware of in order to raise their games?

Convenience habits changing pet sector

Busy lives have opened the door for opportunity in the convenience channel according to Tetra Key Account Manager Simon Strode

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