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Confex has announced Rowan International as the latest wholesale member to join the group.

Rowan International sources and distributes FMCG brands and manages residual stock from the world’s biggest manufacturers in categories such as personal care, household and confectionery.

With more than 40 years’ experience and as one of the UK’s biggest residual stock distributors, Rowan International’s turnover soared by 24% in 2022-23 to hit £56m.

With its UK head offices in Essex and warehouses in four countries, the company covers all major EU territories and provides a “trusted and traceable service from beginning to end”.

The move marks the eighth new member of 2024 for Confex, taking the total number of members to 223 across 241 UK depots.

Ben Winter commercial director at Rowan International explained that after reviewing buyin groups in the UK market, Rowan decided that Confex was the best fit for the company’s needs.

“We’re excited about benefitting from enhanced purchasing power and exclusive deals as well as gaining access to a vast network of suppliers. In fact, we’ve already been in contact with several new – and even some lapsed – suppliers to discuss how Rowan can help solve their excess stock problems.

“Confex can also provide Rowan with marketing support and industry insights to further support our business growth plans. We’re really looking forward to working with Confex and its membership,” Winter said.

Tom Gittins Confex chief executive welcomed Rowan to the group: “We’re delighted that Rowan International has chosen to join us having carried out research, recognising the many benefits we offer in addition to our unwavering commitment to supporting our members’ growth plans.

“In the past four years, Confex has grown considerably. Our group turnover is now £3.36bn with more than 240 depots across the UK, and with plans to grow further. We’re delighted that our focus on diversifying our membership has really paid off for the group and has set us up for future success.

 ”Just like us, Rowan International is on an exciting growth journey which we know we can support and enhance, and so we’re perfectly placed to work together to achieve success.”