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Today’s Local owner wins a Van with Heineken

Today’s Group is delighted to announce that Steve Duthie of Today’s Local, Cleethorpes, and customer of Today’s Group member wholesaler Dee Bee Wholesale has won a Renault Kangoo Van in the Today’s ‘Big Brand Event’ campaign courtesy of Heineken. 

The Big Brand Event is a year long Today’s Group campaign targeting independent retailers that was developed to provide members and suppliers of Today’s Group with a strong mechanic to drive sales and profit in depot.  During each promotional period a brand owner is given exclusivity of a number of pages in the Today’s National brochure to promote exclusive deals, category information and independent retailer facing competitions.

Today’s Group partnered with brand owner Heineken to provide customers of Unitas member wholesalers with access to exclusive deals across the Heineken range and the chance to ‘Win a Van’ to support the launch of Heineken 440ml cans.

Store owner Steve said “It’s excellent to have won the Van courtesy of Heineken.  The competition was simple to enter, all I had to do was text my details after purchasing Heineken 440ml when it was on promotion in the Big Brand Event. I always look out for the Big Brand Event deals available through Dee Bee Wholesale, and I’ll be entering as many of the future competitions as I can!”.

Full details of the Big Brand Event campaigns are available in the National brochures, that can be picked up in Unitas Wholesale member depots or viewed online at

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Unitas Wholesale: The UK’s largest food and drink wholesale buying group

The merger of wholesale buying groups Landmark Wholesale Ltd and Today’s Wholesale Services Ltd completed yesterday creating Unitas Wholesale Ltd, the UK’s largest food and drink wholesale buying group, dedicated to supporting circa 180 independent wholesalers who in turn support thousands of independent retailers and small businesses.

“Through enhanced scale and capability, Unitas will be the sustainable wholesale business partner for its supplier base, creating an alternative route to market in the face of the consolidation that is taking place within the wholesale sector,” said Darren Goldney, managing director, Unitas Wholesale.

Both groups have been through a period of consultation and selection with management and staff and can now confirm the structure to support Unitas. The Unitas Central Office will be located at the current Today’s Group head office in Doncaster.

“We are excited about the opportunities that Unitas will bring and glad that we have got to this stage quickly and smoothly,” said Goldney. “The efficiency of having access to greater scale with less points of contact demonstrates independent wholesale is organising itself for the future. With that increased scale, the best practices that both organisations bring will also make our sales efforts more effective.

“Examples include a tighter, more focused own label range; a broader offering of central services that reduce costs for wholesalers and grows the footprint of sales; core range schemes that reach beyond the enlarged symbol estate, and the development of promotional execution processes that improve return on investment.”

Current 2018 joint business agreements between the two groups and suppliers will remain in place until the end of the calendar year. The new Unitas Wholesale trading team will begin discussions with suppliers regarding 2019 from 1 December with operational alignment occurring throughout 2019 via a process of integration.

Goldney concluded: “The creation of Unitas Wholesale offers an incredible opportunity to support independent businesses and enable them to thrive. Unitas will also create a new and exciting opportunity for suppliers, independent wholesalers and the thousands of independent businesses that we collectively serve.”

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Plan for Profit Licensed and Tobacco core range guide – OUT NOW!

Unitas Wholesale is delighted to launch the third in the 2018/19 series of Plan for Profit core range category guides, which focuses on the core and extended range for the Licensed and Tobacco categories. To provide a more in-depth category focus for independent retailers the original Plan for Profit core range guide has been divided into three separate editions, to ensure the category information is as current as possible and relevant to the key trading and seasonal times of the year.

The guide has been compiled from information provided by our supplier partners, industry experts and our member wholesalers, and includes a full listing of key products retailers are advised to stock in order to maximise sales and profits within the Licensed and Tobacco categories. Guidance is also included on an extended range beyond the core for those stores that have the space to stock a wider range of products.

Key category insights regarding Beer and Lager, Craft Ale, Wine, Spirits, Tobacco, and E-cigarettes feature in the guide to help retailers better understand and grow their categories in store.

Accessing Plan for Profit

  • NEW printed copies of the Plan for Profit Licensed and Tobacco category guide are available now in selected Unitas Wholesale member depots.
  • An online version of the guide and the core and extended product range can be accessed at
  • The new ‘Today’s Plan for Profit’ app is now available to download for free on the Android and Apple app stores.
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Nominate your community hero and they could win £250 Love2shop vouchers!

The Today’s Group is looking to reward individuals who are making a positive impact in your community, just in time for Christmas!

It might be someone who supports vulnerable or young people, someone who has shown tremendous bravery or achieved something incredible or simply someone who makes your community a better place.

How can you nominate your community hero?
Please send an email to including the following information;

• The name of your nominated Community Hero
• Reason(s) why they deserve to win? (approx. 100 words)
• Your name
• Your email address
• Your store name
• Your store address

Who can enter the competition?
The competition is open to all Today’s Group Symbol and Retail Club members.

Who can be nominated?
Any resident of the United Kingdom who you believe deserves to win the prize.

When does the competition close?
The competition will close on Friday 30th November so get your nominations in soon!

Click here for terms and conditions.


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Congratulations to Day-Today, Bourtreehill

The retail industry gathered in London on Thursday 27th September to celebrate and reward this year’s winners at the Retail Industry Awards 2018.

The Today’s Group is pleased to announce that customer of Today’s Group member United Wholesale, Day-Today, Bourtreehill is the winner of the 2018 Retail Industry Award for Independent Retailer of the Year.


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Our new website is on its way…

Following the exciting news that Today’s Group and Landmark Wholesale have merged to form Unitas Wholesale, we are busy developing a brand-new website, which we’re looking forward to sharing with you soon.

In the meantime, you can access the existing Today’s Group and Landmark Wholesale websites by clicking on the links below: