BAKO joins FWD to boost ‘interdependence’ of the wholesale sector

Specialist bakery ingredients and finished goods wholesaler BAKO has joined the Federation of Wholesale Distributors as a full member

BAKO is a leading supplier of bakery products and ingredients servicing 4000 customers throughout the United Kingdom, with business units in Durham (BAKO Northern & Scotland), Preston (BAKO North Western) and Wimbledon (BAKO South Eastern). The Group takes pride in being owned by bakers for bakers and delivers a UK-wide service and product range that are highly valued by its customers. It operates a multi-temperature vehicle fleet to provide a one-stop shop for bakery and food service products.

Group Commercial Director David Armstrong said: “Over the past 18 months it has become increasingly obvious that the whole industry is becoming even more interdependent, whether this be in coming together to network, or in lobbying government on the key issues we all face. We have been incredibly impressed from afar by all that the FWD has done on this and look forward to working with our fellow wholesalers on these critical subjects.”

FWD Chief Executive James Bielby added: “We’re very pleased to have BAKO in the FWD family. There are so many issues affecting our sector at the moment where we need to speak as one to government, and also to suppliers and customers. Adding BAKO to that joint voice just amplifies it, and we look forward to working with and learning from the team.”

FWD’s membership now includes 12 standalone wholesalers and eight buying groups, which represent a further 600 independent wholesalers. Their combined turnover was £27bn in 2020.

BAKO FWD James Bielby Members