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23/10/2013

Today’s Group acquire 11 new members

The Today’s Group has announced that 11 new on trade wholesalers have just become members from the specialist buying group NDD (National Drinks Distribution Ltd). Commenting, Bill Laird, MD said “We are delighted to welcome this very large number of highly professional operators to our family of businesses”.

Located throughout the country the new members will combine with existing Today’s/NDD members and a large number of other established Today’s specialist operators, to create by far the biggest On Trade Group of its kind in the UK.

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Mr Laird added, “At a time of significant sector consolidation, we are very proud that our new members have recognised they can have the support and back up of the UK’s No.1 buying organisation without compromising their independence or entrepreneurial advantage.”

Tim Cooper, Chairman of NDD and owner of Dayla Drinks one of the companies joining the Group, explained “Our members had various options available to them for the future and we considered each very carefully before making this very important decision. Although Today’s are the dominant buying group in the UK we were persuaded more by their genuine desire to support wholesalers large and small.

They have no need to play the numbers game, nor are they elitist. Our experiences of meeting with the Today’s team have been very positive and despite their huge scale we have found everyone to be genuinely interested in each of us. We are all successful family business owners and we sense a similar family spirit within Today’s.”

Steve Graham CEO of NDD added,” The opportunity to combine our expertise and volume with Today’s market presence and scale, presents all involved with a rare game changing opportunity in what is an increasingly competitive sector. Our members are excited by the potential of this new long term relationship.”

Background information

The Today’s Group is the UK’s largest independent wholesale buying group with buying power in excess of £5.7bn. With over 170 independent wholesale members operating out of over 200 depots across the UK, the Group has been established for over 25 years.

With 9 new On-trade members, together with 3 existing Today’s Group members, the incoming NDD On-trade volume is £135m, when added to the existing On-trade membership of the Group the total volume of the On-Trade membership become £450m

The new On-Trade members are listed below:

  • Dayla Ltd.
  • Tolchards
  • A B V Wholesale
  • Island Ales Ltd.
  • Maison Maurice Ltd.
  • Small Beer
  • Swallow Wholesaler
  • Thorne Licensed Wholesalers
  • Young’s Beers, Wines and Spirits Ltd.
  • I.M Wines
  • Tanners Wines

Contact details:

Should you require any further information please contact Anita Oakhill, Brand Marketing Manager, 0844 877 1432 or Bill Laird, Managing Director, 0844 877 1410.

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