Bestway is to expand its Batleys Drinks Direct business to the whole of Scotland and England in time for the festive rush.

The delivered service will also be rebranded as Drinks Express, with a new look logo and identity.

The wholesaler took up the service when it acquired Scottish wholesaler Bellevue in July 2010.

Martin Race, operations director for Batleys in Scotland and the rest of the UK, said he was delighted by the growth in the dedicated delivered wholesale division.

“As a result, we have announced this big investment in the future, which will see us, in time, providing a new, highly competitive, service for the Bestway Group foodservice’s side across the whole of the UK,” he added.