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Kitwave Wholesale Group expands alcohol offering with acquisition of H B Clark

Published on 26/6/2017

North Tyneside based wholesaler Kitwave has continued its rapid expansion plans with the acquisition of H B Clark one of the UK’s largest independent alcohol wholesalers. The deal comes hot on the heels of the recent acquisition of Phoenix Fine Foods and marks the beginning of a new phase of growth for Kitwave following a multimillion pound investment from Pricoa…

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Squirrels UK Ltd receives a Queen’s Award for enterprise in international trade

Published on 21/4/2016

Squirrels UK, part of the Kitwave Wholesale Group has received the prestigious 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade – this was in recognition of achieving outstanding growth in export sales over the last 3 years. The awards are made annually and this year coincide with Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations. The business started in 1970 from a market…

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Kitwave Wholesale Group completes £ multi-million deal to fund its appetite for growth

Published on 2/3/2016

Fast growing group, Kitwave Wholesale has completed a refinancing deal which sees the business raise funds from lead investor Pricoa Capital Group and a co-investment partner Allstate, for a minority stake, in order to continue pursuing its acquisition strategy. The transaction also provides an exit for NVM Private Equity, which invested in the business in 2011. Kitwave, founded by CEO…

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Kitwave Wholesale Group continues to grow with acquisition of Hulleys Frozen Foods

Published on 9/7/2015

Kitwave Wholesale Group, has added an eleventh company to its group following the acquisition of Angelbell Limited (t/a Hulleys Frozen Foods). The acquisition is an excellent fit within the Kitwave Group in terms of its operations and national geography and complements the acquisition last year of another Frozen Food wholesaler, Eden Farm. Overall this will continue to widen Kitwave’s geographic…

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Eden Farm expands to new Luton site

Published on 10/2/2015

With excellent transport links to central London and Southern England the new coldstore in Luton provides a cutting edge, optimised solution for frozen food and ice cream deliveries. With 60,000 square feet of warehouse space and features such as motion activated LED lighting and remote coldstore temperature monitoring, the site provides the perfect infrastructure for our next wave of growth.

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Automatic Retailing launch online trading website

Published on 10/12/2014

Automatic Retailing have launched an online trading website, which has proved an instant hit with their customer base. Customers can now logon to place an order, by easily navigating through the recently restructured product hierarchy, or browsing their ‘favourites’ list which highlights recently purchased products by the customer. The site also has clear visibility of promotions and multibuy deals, which…

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Teatime Tasties introduce Mobile CRM sales system

Published on 3/10/2014

Teatime Tasties have introduced a Mobile CRM solution to capture and process sales orders. It has quickly become a useful tool for the sales team, giving real time information on product stock availability and customer accounts, whist removing the burden of order keying back at the office.

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Introducing the brand new My Store fascia

Published on 24/9/2014

As part of our on-going commitment to Independent Retailers, we have now established a 300 strong Retail Club. This offers retailers preferential pricing which can then be passed on as consumer deals in their shops. We offer full POS and merchandising support to maximise sales of our My Store Retail Club. This not only increases sales in store but allows…

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Kitwave Group continues to grow with acquisition of Eden Farm

Published on 6/3/2014

Kitwave Wholesale Group, has added a seventh company to its group following the acquisition of frozen food and ice cream wholesale and distribution business, Eden Farm. The acquisition fits well with Kitwave in terms of its operations and national geography. Eden’s product offerings will broaden Kitwave’s range considerably, and increase its customer base to over 22,000. Paul Young, Managing Director…

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Automatic Retailing named supplier of the year 2013

Published on 13/2/2014

Automatic Retailing (Northern) Ltd has been awarded the NIVO (National independent Vending operators) Supplier of the Year 2013 for Consumables. This award is voted for by each individual NIVO member. Automatic Retailing won the vote with a healthy majority. This is the first year Automatic Retailing has had a formal trading relationship with NIVO, hence the first time they have…

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