Nisa enjoyed a bumper Easter period with record chilled quantities and some of the highest total volumes ever recorded through its central distribution operation.
Orders taken on the busiest day of week, commencing 14 April, were significantly up on the highest volume days of July 2013 with temperature-controlled up 19% and ambient orders increasing by 10%. Nisa claims that all deliveries were completed without disruption or delays.
Overall, Nisa recorded its second highest volume week in the history of its central distribution operation over the Easter period, with temperature-controlled distribution levels 7% higher than the previous week, which was a record at the time.
Nisa has committed to maintaining the size of its delivery fleet after the expiry of the distribution deal with Costcutter in early July.
Nisa chief executive Neil Turton commented: “We are leaving all our supply chain service in place after 2 July and we’re going to invest in service over that crucial period. It’s the middle of summer and the World Cup and retailers need to trust that their shelves will be full, with the British Retail Consortium predicting an extra £124million will be spent on food and drink for every week England remain in Brazil 2014.”
The strong Easter performance follows a record Christmas that saw 16.4% growth year on year. Nisa recently announced double-digit growth in its annual results, with sales up 10.5% in value terms and 12.9% in volume year-on-year.