Booker Group is the UK’s leading food wholesaler.
The Group now comprises Booker Wholesale, Makro, Booker Direct, Classic Drinks, Ritter Courivaud, Chef Direct and Booker India. Together we are privileged to serve 1.5 million customers.
The Company is the UK's largest cash and carry operator, offering branded and private-label goods which are sold to over 486,000 customers including independent convenience stores, grocers, leisure outlets, pubs and restaurants. The Group currently lists circa 18,000 product lines, comprising an extensive range of branded and own label grocery, fresh and frozen food, beers, wines, spirits, tobacco and non-food items. In the year ended 29 March 2013, sales totalling £2.8 billion were collected by the customer from the group’s branches and sales totalling £1.2 billion were delivered to the Company’s customer premises.
The Company has now been awarded "Wholesaler of the Year" by The Grocer magazine for three consecutive years.
The Company currently trades from 172 branches in the UK. The average size of these branches is approximately 47,000 sq ft, although the Group has four branches over 100,000 sq ft and 12 branches under 20,000 sq ft.. We have now converted 145 of our 172 business centres to the ‘Extra’ format. This features a lighter, brighter business centre environment and an improved choice, price and service. The conversion pays back in around a year and we plan to convert a further 5 business centres to ‘Extra’ in the year ahead.
Makro is the fourth largest cash-and-carry wholesaler in the UK. It operates 30 stores across the UK, one of the stores being in Belfast. Makro currently operates a primarily cash-and carry wholesale business, with a small delivered service that was introduced in 2009. Unlike Booker Makro offers a broad range of non-food items, such as stationery and office equipment, furniture and furnishings, catering and cleaning equipment, clothing, general maintenance products and electrical appliances.
Booker Direct/Ritter-Courivaud/Classic Drinks/Chef Direct
Mark Aylwin and his team are building our delivered wholesale business. Booker Direct has great customers including the prison service in England and Wales, Marks & Spencer and most of the cinema chains in the UK. In 2010 we acquired Classic Drinks, an on-trade wholesaler supplying pubs and licensed customers mainly in the North West. We are in the process of rolling this expertise out on a national basis.
In 2010 we also acquired Ritter-Courivaud, a leading speciality food supplier to restaurants. Through combining the logistics expertise we have in Booker Direct, with the catering knowledge from Ritter-Courivaud and the Groups’ buying scale, we launched Chef Direct in 2012. Chef Direct is based in Didcot and has won some important clients such as Aramark and Loch Fyne Restaurants.
In the last year the Group delivered £1.1bn of product to retailers and caterers in the UK. Through using some of the space in the Makro business centres we will be able to increase our delivered business.
Premier is the third largest symbol group in the UK, with over 2,802 stores nationwide. Operated by Booker, the leading cash & carry wholesaler, all Premier stores are independently owned by retailers who are dedicated to serving their local communities. Premier stores always offers great value for money and a wide range of products in a fresh, modern environment.
Premier was founded in 1994 to offer independent retailers a symbol group, where they remain in complete control of their business. The company’s individual approach providing a professional image and no membership costs was welcomed by retailers and continues to go from strength to strength.
From a steady base, Premier’s rapid growth over recent years has seen the symbol group become a major force in the convenience sector. Now fully accredited, recognised by the Institute of Grocery Distribution, it continues to grow with over two thousands independent retailers benefiting from Premier’s no cost approach.