Bellarini: the perfect sparkling summer drink from Landmark Wholesale

For customers looking for a refreshing treat this summer, Landmark Wholesale is encouraging retailers to stock up on Bellarini, a lightly sparkling perry.

Simon King, Trading Controller at Landmark Wholesale, said: “Bellarini is highly popular with shoppers thanks to its light, invigorating taste. Made from pears, it’s perfect for wine lovers looking for a slightly different taste this summer. It’s great value and has a great taste, plus the bottle features an eye-catching design that retail customers love.

“Sparkling wine is experiencing a huge growth in popularity, and retailers will enjoy great sales success with this refreshing treat. Ideal for impulse summer occasions such as barbecues and picnics, retailers are bound to see these bottles fly off the shelves this summer.”

Bellarini is available exclusively from Landmark Wholesale depots, with an RRP of £2.59 per 1.5 litre bottle and £1.45 per 70cl bottle.

For more details contact your local Landmark Wholesale member depot, or find your nearest depot here.

United Wholesale Grocers acquires Blakemore’s Gateshead depot

It was announced at the Landmark Wholesale 2018 annual conference that United Wholesale Grocers has completed its purchase of Blakemore’s Gateshead depot.

The deal, which will retain all 45 existing members of staff, will see the depot move to new ownership this month.

United Wholesale Grocers Managing Director Amaan Ramzan (pictured left in above photo, alongside Trading Director Waqas Badar) said, “At a time of consolidation and change in the sector, we have recognised the need to invest both in our business and the wholesale sector as a whole. We, like other Landmark members, are firmly focused on identifying opportunities for growth and this deal signifies a clear step forward in our plans for expansion. We have some incredibly exciting plans for the Gateshead depot which we will share in due course, and we look forward to taking over in June.”

John Mills, Landmark Wholesale Managing Director said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Gateshead depot and all members of staff will remain within the Landmark family. We hope that other Blakemore depots will also be bought as going concerns, preferably by Landmark members or others in the wholesale sector.”

Landmark triumphs at foodservice awards

Landmark’s Caterers Kitchen emerged triumphant at the inaugural CCM Chef’s Own Brand Awards yesterday (5 June) as five products took the top spot.

Landmark’s winning line up is as follows:

  • Sauces and condiments: Caterers Kitchen horseradish sauce
  • Pizza and pasta: Caterers Kitchen penne rigate
  • Fish and seafood: Caterers Kitchen breaded wholetail scampi
  • Canned vegetables: Caterers Kitchen reduced salt and sugar baked beans
  • Beers, wine and spirits: Santa Loretta Prosecco

“We couldn’t be more delighted with the results which reflects the quality and value offered by our Caterers Kitchen own brand,” said John Mills, Landmark Wholesale Managing Director. “We pride ourselves on producing fantastic products for our members and their customers that not only boost their bottom line but also deliver great taste, every time.”

“We’re also thrilled that yet again, our Santa Loretta Prosecco won best in class. This adds to the countless accolades it has received since its launch, including best sparkling wine in the Quality Drink awards in 2015 and 2017.”

The awards were held by Cash and Carry Management, in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs. The judging panel for the awards consisted of Andrew Green, director of operations at the Craft Guild of Chefs – the leading chefs’ association in the UK; Jason Gordon, general manager of Compass Group’s General Medical Council contract; and Matt Owens, pastry chef at The Grove, a five-star hotel in Watford. Between them, the judges have decades of experience of working as a top chef at some of the leading establishments in the UK.

Commenting on the standard, Andrew Green said: “I have been involved in judging numerous awards but this is the first time they have been solely focused on own-brand. Quite often you find that own-brand is as good as any leading brand but it is not recognised in the same way. These awards address that by highlighting the best wholesaler own-brands in the market place.”

Landmark Wholesale explores ‘new horizons’

The Landmark Wholesale annual conference 2018 drew to a close after a fantastic few days in Alicante, where delegates were encouraged to explore ‘new horizons’ in the current landscape of consolidation, change and uncertainty.

Regarded as a highlight in the industry calendar, the Landmark Wholesale conference was attended by a mix of members and new and existing suppliers. The business sessions kicked off with John Mills, Landmark Wholesale Managing Director, taking the opportunity to highlight the challenges facing the sector and the emerging consumer trends that Landmark and its members need to be focusing on, working closely with suppliers.

Delegates heard from Landmark members, such as Jason Barnard and Guy Swindell from Parfetts, who outlined the expansion of Gold (Go Local Direct) which has seen Parfetts’ Sheffield site turn into a 24-hour business: cash and carry during the day, picking and delivery operation by night.

Delegates were challenged by Elit Rowland, founder of Women in Wholesale, to think about how they attract and retain first-class talent in the wholesale sector. Peppi Cremona of Accolade Wines and Robin Martin from Coca Cola European Partners also took to the stage, encouraging delegates to seek out new horizons either personally or for their businesses.

Alongside the traditional conference presentations from Landmark staff and key suppliers, was a panel session, chaired by James Lowman, CEO of ACS. This comprised James Bielby, Chief Executive, FWD; Jill Livesey, MD him; Matt Goddard, Wholesale Trading Director, PepsiCo International, UK and Ireland; and Marcus Singh, Director, Hyperama. The panel answered questions on a variety of issues such as pricemarked pack shared margins, use of data, social media and the clear need for improved collaborative working.

For the first time, a Lifestyle Express retailer addressed the conference. Raj Kaur, who runs a Lifestyle Express store in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, shared the challenges and successes of running a full neighbourhood store in close proximity to plenty of local competition.

Guest speakers this year were Levi Roots, creator of Reggae Reggae Sauce, who shared his story from the Notting Hill Carnival via Dragons Den to running a £60m business. And finally, presenter of the This Week and Daily Politics shows, Andrew Neil provided a thought-provoking analysis of the UK’s political and economic landscape, rounding off another successful Landmark conference.

Landmark Foodservice spices up its offering and delivers a tasty saving for caterers

For caterers wanting to spice things up in the kitchen, Landmark Foodservice’s growing range of herbs and spices is selling better than ever following a successful relaunch which directly benefits caterers’ bottom lines.
Landmark Foodservice’s award-winning own brand, Caterers Kitchen, has relaunched its popular range of herbs and spices with more efficient, industry-sized packaging.
Les Mohammed, Foodservice Trading Controller at Landmark Wholesale, commented, “This relaunch allows us to keep prices low for our members as our new industry-sized packaging creates commercial savings. We’re always looking for ways to keep costs down and make our processes as efficient as possible, and the new formats do exactly that. The same quality product that our members are accustomed to still remains exactly the same, and we are confident the new packaging will be very well received.”
Currently boasting 49 products, the ever-growing range comprises all of the firm favourites including basil, bay leaves, bicarbonate of soda, cayenne pepper, chilli powder, chives, cinnamon sticks, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, rosemary, sage, whole black pepper and many more.

Landmark Wholesale unveils hero products

To ensure it continues to offer members the very best products at the very best prices, Landmark Wholesale has identified six of its best-selling own brand products and is highlighting their great value in depot by increasing displays. Members are also provided with dedicated POS to grab attention in depot and drive up sales.
The six hero brands comprise:
  • Bellarini sparkling perry
  • LSV Energy Original
  • LSV Isotonic Orange
  • Lifestyle granulated sugar
  • White Storm 2L
  • Prince Consort Vodka
“We are delighted to reveal six of our own-brand hero products which have been chosen with our members in mind,” said Jon Burton, Senior Trading Controller at Landmark Wholesale. “These hero products have been selected for their exceptional value in the marketplace for retailers and their proven track record when it comes to sales. They offer a fantastic sales opportunity and are guaranteed to grab the attention of retailers and their customers.”

Landmark Foodservice expands Caterers Kitchen rice range

Always on the lookout for ways to improve its offering and support for its members, Landmark has expanded its Caterers Kitchen range with five new rice products after identifying gaps in its current offer.
The new products added to the range include:
  • Caterers Kitchen Arborio Rice, 1 x 5kg
  • Caterers Kitchen Basmati Easy Cook Rice, 1 x 5kg
  • Caterers Kitchen Basmati Original Rice, 1 x 5kg
  • Caterers Kitchen Long Grain Easy Cook Rice, 1 x 5kg
  • Caterers Kitchen Long Grain Patna Rice, 1 x 5kg
Les Mohammed, Foodservice Trading Controller at Landmark Wholesale, said, “We’re delighted to support our members with yet more essential high-quality products such as rice. Our sales show that rice continues to experience significant growth and by working with this supplier, we believe we’re providing a fantastic expansion of our offering to members.”

Landmark Wholesale launches improved margin promotion on own-brand Lifestyle groceries

Landmark Wholesale is offering an increased POR of 40% with its latest promotion, available exclusively to Lifestyle Express retailers.

Each own-brand Lifestyle product featured in the promotion is a proven bestseller through Landmark Wholesale depots. Products included in the promotion comprise Lifestyle pure orange juice, Lifestyle mayonnaise, Lifestyle softest luxury toilet tissue, Lifestyle nappies, Lifestyle instant noodles, Lifestyle premium yellow dusters, Lifestyle digestives, Lifestyle kitchen foil, Lifestyle cappuccino sachets, Lifestyle granulated sugar and Lifestyle smooth peanut butter.

The promotion is only available for a limited period, running from 2–21 April 2018, exclusively through Landmark Wholesale member depots.

Landmark Foodservice adds ‘must-have’ brownies to coffee shop range

Landmark Wholesale is delighted to announce the addition of chocolate brownies to its popular coffee shop range.

Launching this April, the product has been added to the range after the company worked closely with its members to identify potential gaps in its current coffee shop offering.

Available in boxes of 30 portions, the brownies are pre-cut and delivered frozen to help foodservice professionals to reduce wastage.

Les Mohammed, Foodservice Trading Controller at Landmark Wholesale, said, “We are always on the lookout for ways we can extend our offering, improve our range and support our members. As part of this we make sure to work closely with and listen to requests from our members, who helped us to recognise this fantastic untapped opportunity.

“Like the rest of the range, the new chocolate brownies are high quality and will be a must have for anyone with coffee shops, tea rooms, lounges or room service offers. Our coffee shop range is experiencing significant growth and offers something for everyone. We’re confident that this new product will only serve to strengthen our offering to members and customers.”

Country Fare shares its passion for food with chefs

A member of Landmark Wholesale, Country Fare, hosted the latest of its popular ‘Chef Days Out’ events on Tuesday 13 March.

Continually looking for ways to educate and inspire its customers, the Bournemouth-based foodservice company hosted a Chocolate and Molecular Day and welcomed business owners, food bloggers and more than 30 chefs.

Guests were given the opportunity to watch practical demonstrations by award-winning chocolatier and pastry chef, Mark Tilling, and to network with local producers and suppliers while gaining fantastic industry knowledge at Purewell Electrical Demo Kitchen in Christchurch, Dorset.

Tim Whyatt, Marketing Manager at Country Fare, commented, “At Country Fare, we are always looking for new ways to partner with our customers. Now in its sixth year, the ‘Chef Days Out’ events grew out of our passion for food and the desire to provide customers with knowledge about local produce and showcase innovation within the foodservice sector. These events provide an opportunity for chefs and business owners to network with key people in the industry while gaining knowledge that will ultimately help their own businesses grow.

“The first Country Fare Chocolate and Molecular day was a huge success and we’ve received great feedback from all who attended. We look forward to hosting this event again in 2019 along with the rest of our annual Chef Days Out.”

One attendee of the event, Maciek Kijewski, owner of Molecular Magic Creative Catering, said of his experience, “It was a great and well-organised day, full of new techniques and great ingredients. The demonstration itself was well hosted, we learnt a lot and most of the new trends and speciality ingredients have already been introduced to our menus. It’s great that all ingredients featured in the demonstration are available to order via Country Fare with explanation and directions on how to use them. We are looking forward to another day out organised by Country Fare.”

Les Mohammed, Foodservice Trading Controller at Landmark Wholesale, commented: “I’m delighted by the success of Country Fare’s latest event. It’s fantastic to see our members provide excellent customer service by extending industry knowledge and contacts to help other people develop their knowledge and businesses.”

With the widest range of local produce for the catering industry, Country Fare supplies everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to dairy, including artisan cheeses, freshly baked breads and an ever-expanding larder of dry and frozen goods. For more information about Country Fare, please visit www.countryfare.co.uk or follow them on social media.

Landmark Wholesale Caterer Connections event hailed a huge success

Despite the treacherous conditions caused by the ‘Beast from the East’, the latest Landmark Wholesale Caterer Connections event was a runaway success with more than 420 one-to-one meetings taking place between branded foodservice suppliers, own-brand suppliers and Landmark Wholesale members.

The two-day event took place at The Nottingham Belfry on 28 Feb and 1 March 2018, was the seventh Caterer Connections event and was attended by 32 branded foodservice suppliers, 10 own-brand suppliers and 17 Landmark Wholesale foodservice members.

Les Mohammed, Foodservice Trading Controller at Landmark Wholesale, commented, “The event was our most successful own brand trade show ever, with more than 400 deals available to every member. An amazing effort was made by all, particularly as the terrible weather made it very difficult for some to travel to and from the event. On behalf of everyone at Landmark Wholesale, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make the event such a success.”

John Mills, Managing Director of Landmark Wholesale, added, “Now in their third year, our Caterer Connections events are a fantastic opportunity to bring together our suppliers and members to better support everyone’s businesses to mutual benefit and gain, to share best practice and keep Landmark ahead of the competition.

“I am delighted by the success of our most recent event and I look forward to welcoming suppliers and members back for the next Caterer Connections event later in the year.”

The next Caterer Connections event hosted by Landmark Wholesale will take place 5–6 November 2018 at The Nottingham Belfry.

Landmark Wholesale unveils sparkling addition to its Santa Loretta range

Following on from the huge success of Santa Loretta Prosecco, Landmark Wholesale launched the new Frizzante line last month to offer wine lovers a ‘lightly sparkling’ alternative to the popular drink.

Simon King, Trading Controller at Landmark Wholesale, commented: “The latest addition to our prosecco range was selected after a great tasting session where it won praise for its light and refreshing taste. With fewer bubbles, it’s perfect for wine lovers who prefer a subtler alternative to prosecco or Champagne.

“Frizzante is experiencing a huge growth in popularity, and we’ve already received great feedback since our launch so we’re confident retailers will enjoy great sales success with this latest addition.”

Santa Loretta Frizzante is available exclusively from Landmark Wholesale member depots.