The Independents Independent Wholesaler

What does Kitwave Group’s IPO mean for the business and what comes next?

Published on 14/5/2021

Kitwave Group’s move to go public last week and list on London’s junior AIM market is big news for wholesale. The family-owned business is only the second food and drink wholesaler to be listed from The Grocer’s Big 30 Wholesalers, following Booker, which trades as Tesco. The Initial Public Offering has seen “strong investors” pour £82m into the North Tyneside-based…

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Kitwave eyes autumn moving date for HB Clark’s new HQ

Published on 21/4/2021

Kitwave-owned on-trade wholesaler HB Clark will be moving to its new Wakefield Hub premises in the autumn after three years of planning. The move will see HB Clark relocate from its current 40,000 sq ft depot in Westgate Brewery, Wakefield to a 65,000 sq ft purpose-built site just under a mile away. The Grocer understands the new premises has cost…

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Kitwave Wholesaler Group expands its finance team

Published on 20/10/2020

Kitwave Wholesale Group has appointed Mark Earl to the new role of group financial controller, with Laura Wilson-Bell stepping into his previous position as finance director at the group’s chilled and frozen operator, Eden Farm. Earl will report directly to group CFO David Brind and will have day-to-day control along with financial management, while Brind will have a wider strategic…

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Service Quality Drives Growth for Kitwave Group

Published on 27/11/2019

Kitwave Wholesale Group, the leading independents’ independent wholesaler, is pleased to announce another year of record financial results for the year ended 30 April 19. The group which was recently named as number 47 in the Sunday Times Top Track 250 list of Britain’s leading privately owned mid-market growth companies, has now reported its 8th year of consecutive growth. During the…

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Kitwave Wholesale Group expands Food Service offering with acquisition of Alpine Fine Foods

Published on 15/11/2019

Hot on the heels of the purchase of Central Supplies, North Tyneside based wholesaler Kitwave has continued its expansion activity with the purchase of Alpine Fine Foods Limited, a foodservice operator providing a quality food wholesale and delivery service to a multitude of businesses across the Humberside and Yorkshire regions. Alpine based in Hull, which has a turnover of around…

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Kitwave Wholesale Group expands convenience offering with acquisition of Chilled operator

Published on 8/8/2019

North Tyneside based wholesaler Kitwave has continued its expansion plans with an investment in Central Supplies one of the UK’s largest independent chilled product wholesalers. Central Supplies, based near Birmingham, which has a turnover of around £50m, is a highly respected wholesale supplier of chilled products to the retail and wholesale sectors. They operate across the UK from 2 depots…

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H.B. Clark launch new Mobile App

Published on 30/5/2018

H.B Clark have launched a mobile app which has proved an instant hit with their customers. Users can now log on to place an order on their mobile phone by easily navigating through product groups, NPD’s, must stocks, customer favourite lists and promotions. Users can also use the mobile phone’s camera to scan the product’s barcode to add it to…

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H.B. Clark invests in fleet

Published on 20/12/2017

After months of anticipation and waiting, finally we get to view our new fleet. DAF have built these to the high specification we requested. Every vehicle ergonomically designed and engineered to our individual requirements. Featuring all the latest safe loading procedures and driver aides. Our supplier partners supported us in the livery of each vehicle and were keen to see…

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