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Is consolidation delivering?

08 Jan 2019 Updated: 11 Jan 2019 | By Robin Mannering

From Tesco’s merger with Booker, to the Co-op Group’s acquisition of Nisa, consolidation took place throughout the industry in 2018. Now the new order is settling down, are independent retailers beginning to reap the rewards?  


French competition authority probes Tesco-Carrefour alliance

18 Jul 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

France’s competition regulator has launched an investigation into the strategic alliance between Tesco and French retailer Carrefour.

Nisa store

Co-op products get positive reception from independents

10 Jul 2018 Updated: 13 Jul 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Nisa and Costcutter retailers have reacted positively to the introduction of Co-op own-brand products in their stores.

Costcutter Kirton

Costcutter sets out ambitions as Co-op products come on stream

04 Jul 2018 | By David Rees

All Costcutter stores have now transitioned into the new Co-op/Nisa supply chain and will shortly be receiving their first order of Co-op own brand products.

Booker Tesco

Booker products introduced into more than 50 Tesco stores

15 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Tesco has announced that 30 top-selling Booker lines have been introduced into more than 50 Tesco stores, following a positive initial response to the group’s Chef Central trial.

Sainsburys Asda Merger

MPs consider separate inquiry into Asda-Sainsbury's merger

21 May 2018 | By Robin Mannering

MPs are likely to launch an inquiry into the proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda, separate to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation.


Costcutter terms package in Co-op deal starts Nisa row

15 May 2018 Updated: 18 May 2018 | By David Rees

The publication of new trading terms for Costcutter members as a result of the new supply deal with the Co-op has kicked off a row within Nisa, as some members believe they could be unwittingly subsidising the deal.

Co-op Retail ceo

Co-op promises Nisa stores price cuts and 800 own brand lines

10 May 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The Co-op Group has promised Nisa retailers access to an initial 800 Co-op own brand lines and cost price reductions of up to 20% on a number of lines, as well as continued access to Nisa’s Heritage own brand.


Co-op announces new Nisa ceo as takeover completes

08 May 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The Co-op Group has completed its acquisition of Nisa Retail and announced former Tesco executive Ken Towle as chief executive of the distributor.


Co-op Group's takeover of Nisa gets final court approval

04 May 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The Co-op Group’s takeover over Nisa has received final court approval, with completion set for Tuesday 8 May.


Sainsbury’s confirms plans to merge with rival Asda

30 Apr 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Sainsbury’s has confirmed its intention to merge with supermarket rival Asda.

Bargain Booze

Bestway confirms plan to retain Conviviality assets

16 Apr 2018 | By David Rees

Bestway is to retain all stores inherited as part of its acquisition of Conviviality Retail and run them as a company-owned c-store division, the wholesaler has confirmed.

Tesco Extra

Tesco posts pre-tax profits of £1.6bn following Booker merger

11 Apr 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket, has announced pre-tax profits of £1.3bn for the year ending February 24, up 28.4% on the previous year.

Bargain Booze

Bestway confirms purchase of Conviviality Retail brands

09 Apr 2018 | By David Rees, Robin Mannering, Ieuan Hughes

Bestway Wholesale has bought Conviviality’s retail arm, a day after the company entered administration

Bargain Booze

Conviviality in talks with various parties over sale of Retail arm

04 Apr 2018 | By Robin Mannering, Ieuan Hughes

Conviviality has confirmed it is in discussion with a number of parties interested in the purchase of the Retail business.


Indies expect quick wins from Booker-Tesco merger

06 Mar 2018 Updated: 09 Mar 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Booker-affiliated retailers are expecting some quick wins from the wholesaler’s merger with Tesco, which came into effect this week.

Tesco Extra

Tesco and Booker shareholders vote in favour of merger

28 Feb 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Tesco and Booker shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger of the two companies, which is now set to complete on 5 March.

Booker Tesco

Tesco and Booker shareholders set to vote on merger

26 Feb 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Tesco and Booker shareholders will vote on Wednesday on whether to approve the merger of the two companies.


Booker catering store opens within a Tesco Extra

22 Feb 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Booker has opened its first ChefCentral store within one of Tesco’s largest Extra stores in Bar Hill Cambridge.

Nisa lorry

CMA opens investigation into Co-op's takeover of Nisa

22 Feb 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The Co-op Group’s takeover of Nisa will not be cleared until April 20 at the earliest, the Competition and Markets Authority announced today (Thursday).


Costcutter retailers upbeat about Co-op future

20 Feb 2018 Updated: 23 Feb 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Many Costcutter-affiliated retailers are growing in optimism ahead of the upcoming supply deal with the Co-op Group.


Co-op and Nisa 'in the dark' on CMA decision

19 Feb 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The Co-operative Group has admitted it does not know when it expects regulatory clearance of its proposed takeover of Nisa, with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) yet to launch an investigation into the deal.


Costcutter/Co-op deal "distinctive and competitive"

12 Feb 2018 | By David Rees

Costcutter will have a “distinctive and competitive” offer for retail members once the new supply deal with the Co-op takes effect from April, chief executive Darcy Willson-Rymer has pledged.

Tesco Extra

Tesco planning new discount chain to rival Aldi and Lidl

12 Feb 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Tesco is planning to launch a new discount chain to compete against rivals Aldi and Lidl, according to a new report.

Booker Tesco

Tesco appoints Booker’s Wilson as UK retail and wholesale CEO

05 Feb 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Tesco has announced Booker chief executive Charles Wilson will become CEO of the multiple’s retail and wholesale operations after completion of the groups’ merger. 


Mergers of convenience

10 Jan 2018 Updated: 12 Jan 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The Tesco and Booker merger set the c-store sector on a course of consolidation, sparking a flurry of supply deals and takeovers. C-Store asks retailers their views on how they see the activity affecting their businesses.


Tesco-Booker merger formally approved by CMA

20 Dec 2017 | By Ieuan Hughes

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has approved the proposed merger of Tesco and Booker following an in-depth investigation.

Budgens Kingsclere

MRH signs Booker supply deal and extends Budgens tie-up

19 Dec 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Forecourt operator MRH has signed a deal with Booker to supply 370 stores previously serviced by collapsed wholesaler Palmer & Harvey - and to roll out its retail partnership with Budgens to a further six sites.

Costcutter Kirton

Nisa makes return to supplying Costcutter stores

04 Dec 2017 | By David Rees

Nisa has signed a short-term agreement to supply Costcutter stores, following last week’s collapse of Palmer & Harvey (P&H) into administration.


Nisa agrees short-term deal to supply smaller McColl's stores

04 Dec 2017 | By David Rees

Nisa has agreed a new short-term supply contract with McColl’s Retail Group to cover the McColl’s stores that were previously supplied by Palmer and Harvey, which went into administration last week

Costcutter Plymouth

P&H-affiliated retailers finding new sources of supply

30 Nov 2017 | By C-Store team

Retailers previously supplied by Palmer & Harvey (P&H) are making new supply arrangements in the wake of the collapse into administration of the wholesaler.

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