The merger of Landmark Wholesale and Today’s Group formally completed yesterday (October 31), creating Unitas Wholesale, the UK’s largest food and drink wholesale buying group.
Current 2018 joint business agreements between the two groups and suppliers will remain in place until the end of the calendar year. The new Unitas trading team will begin discussions with suppliers regarding 2019 from December 1 with operational alignment occurring throughout 2019 via a process of integration.
The Unitas central office will be located at the current Today’s Group headquarters in Doncaster.
“We are excited about the opportunities that Unitas will bring and glad that we have got to this stage quickly and smoothly,” said Darren Goldney, Managing Director, Unitas Wholesale.
“The efficiency of having access to greater scale with less points of contact demonstrates independent wholesale is organising itself for the future. With that increased scale, the best practices that both organisations bring will also make our sales efforts more effective.
“Examples include a tighter, more focused own label range; a broader offering of central services that reduce costs for wholesalers and grows the footprint of sales; core range schemes that reach beyond the enlarged symbol estate, and the development of promotional execution processes that improve return on investment.”