Supporters & Partners
Established in 1976, Bestway Wholesale has grown to become the UK’s largest independent food and drink wholesaler. It is part of the industrial giant Bestway Group which also has global business interests in Banking, Cement, Pharmacy, Milling and Property InvestmentThe wholesale division has 61 Bestway and Batleys depots spanning the length and breadth of the UK. It is a supply partner to over 47,000 independent retailers. With a UK turnover of almost £3bn and a comprehensive logistical infrastructure, the company has the scale, purchasing power and expertise to help our customers compete in an ever-changing food and drink sector.As a business, Bestway Wholesale business services three main customer groups; independent retail (including Club and Symbol), Foodservice and specialist Pet Operators
JTI is a leading international tobacco and vaping company with operations in more than 130 countries. It is the global owner of both Winston, the number two cigarette brand in the world, and Camel, outside the USA and has the largest share in sales for both brands. Other global brands include Mevius and LD. In the UK, JTI’s brands include Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Mayfair, Sovereign, Sterling, Amber Leaf and Hamlet, alongside Logic in the vaping market, Nordic Spirit nicotine pouches and its recently launch heated tobacco device, Ploom. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, JTI employs over 44,000 people and in 2021 was certified Global Top Employer for a seventh consecutive year. JTI is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies.
Mondelēz International, empowers people to snack right and is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Cadbury , OREO, belVita, Ritz, Maynards Bassetts, Trebor, Halls, Philadelphia and Dairylea . We are focused on bringing delicious snacks, made in the right way, to our customers and consumers.
Snappy Shopper is a tried and tested home delivery platform, tailored for the convenience store sector, with a track record of strong results. Over 750 stores across the UK, from independent retailers to regional Co-ops and symbol groups, are supported by the online ordering platform which delivers significant incremental revenue for retailers, with low commission rates and strong brand awareness. Visit retailers.snappyshopper.co.uk to find out more.
SPAR is the leading symbol group in the UK and continues to support a thriving independent convenience retailer network.It started with one Dutch store in 1932. Now SPAR is the world’s largest food retail chain. Over 13,000 stores. 48 countries. And in the UK alone, approximately 2,600 stores, around 40,000 friendly staff and a turnover of £3bn+. You could say we’ve come a long way. As SPAR is a ‘symbol’ group, our retailers remain independent while enjoying global brand benefits.We don’t just serve the community, we’re part of it. We are committed to supporting local initiatives, fundraising and supporting local suppliers, farmers and producers and constantly develop our store formats to provide the best service to local customers. SPAR ..there for you.
Suntory Beverage & Food Great Britain and Ireland (SBF GB&I) is one the leading soft drinks businesses in the UK and Ireland. SBF GB&I was formed in 2014 as Lucozade Ribena Suntory and is part of Suntory Beverage & Food Europe. Our much-loved soft drinks brands include Lucozade Energy, Lucozade Sport, Ribena and Orangina.
Our business is driven by our “Yatte Minahare” spirit and our role is to have a positive impact on the lives of our consumers by providing them with a responsible choice of great-tasting drinks that people can feel good about while enabling them to lead active lifestyles.
Swan Flavour Fusion Cards are the latest addition to Republic Technologies’ portfolio of best-selling roll your own accessories. Available in two variants, Fresh Burst and Menthol, the Flavour Fusion Cards enable retailers to offer more choice in flavour and format.
The Swan Flavour Fusion Cards enable consumers to create their own level of flavour in a packet of cigarettes or roll-your-own tobacco in just 60 minutes and are available in two variants, Fresh Burst and Menthol (RRP: 39p per card).
Following the change in legislation last May, there has been a significant number of consumers looking for flavour alternatives to menthol cigarettes and innovation is key to driving sales. Swan Flavour Fusion Cards allow retailers to maximise on the profit opportunities that tobacco accessories provide.
Republic Technologies plays a major role in the UK’s £313m tobacco accessories category*1, offering quality, choice and value with its market-leading range of filters, papers, matches and lighters from iconic brands such as Swan, Zig-Zag and OCB.
Republic Technologies is once again proud to be supporting this year’s Retail Industry Awards, with Swan Flavour Fusion Cards sponsoring the Store Manager of the Year categories. These awards will recognise retailers of distinction who are showing innovation in driving sales and excelling across all areas of independent, symbol, multiple and convenience store business management.