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UK’s Big 30 Wholesalers revealed

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The Grocer Magazine has revealed the UK Big 30 Wholesalers list.

The report shows that Big 30 companies generated a £27 billion turnover and currently employ around 65 thousand people.

The magazine’s wholesale rankings have revealed that profits among the industry’s top 30 businesses have dropped by -6.6% despite sales having grown by 5.6% in the past year.

Many wholesalers increased their sales in grocery but the lockdown closure of the hospitality sector and restaurants caused huge losses for wholesalers.

German Doner Kebab’s owner United Wholesale Scotland and FoodIT owner JJ Foods are among the Big 30 Wholesalers for another year running.

This year also sees two new additions to the Big 30, Pricecheck and Holland Bazaar.

North London based Holland Bazaar saw sales rise for the year to 31 March 2020. Headquartered in Edmonton, the first Confex-member on our list is a family-run business. After starting out as a small fresh fruit & veg wholesaler, it opened its second depot in Croydon in 2017.

Holland Bazaar joins UK top 30 wholesalers

North London based Holland Bazaar saw sales rise for the year to 31 March 2020. Headquartered in Edmonton, the first Confex-member on our list is a family-run business. After starting out as a small fresh fruit & veg wholesaler, it opened its second depot in Croydon in 2017.

Holland Bazaar, which is among the companies with a total turnover of more than 27 billion, employs hundreds of employees in its two warehouses. The report pointed out that the restaurant and food industry faced serious losses due to lockdown, and the company suffered a serious loss of income due to this situation.

The company, which increased its market share and increased its turnover despite the said loss, was among the rare companies that maintained their profitability despite serious losses in the sector.

Director Mert Ucar explains the business has still managed strong single-figure sales growth despite experiencing mixed fortunes. Half the wholesaler’s business is cash & carry, 10% delivered wholesale and 40% foodservice.

Holland Bazaar Director, Mert Ucar

Mr Ucar has also said:

“The closure of restaurants and hospitality outlets had an impact in a negative way, but we have a multichannel customer base (restaurants, coffee shops, takeaways, convenience stores, secondary wholesalers and even households), which is one of the key reasons for our 8% growth during the Covid-19 crisis,” he says. “Although one side of our customer base was hit, sales on the other side went up significantly.”

Our multichannel customer base helped us grow

Holland Bazaar is a UK’is first 24-hour-a-day seven-day-a-week retail and a wholesale that operates in two venues in London: one in Edmonton, to the north of the city, and the other in Croydon at the south.

The company, which has thousands of products from fruit and vegetables as well as beverages to dry foods, alcohol varieties to catering supplies, also distributes to all around the UK in addition to London.