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Booker Group is the UK's leading food wholesaler.

The Group now comprises Booker Wholesale, Makro, Booker Direct, Classic Drinks, Ritter Courivaud, Chef Direct, Booker India and Booker Retail Partners. Together we are privileged to serve over 1.5 million customers.

In June 2016, the Company was awarded "Wholesaler of the Year" at the prestigious Grocer Gold Awards.

The Company is the UK's largest cash and carry operator with 172 branches nationwide, we offer our business customers branded and own-label product which are sold to a wide and varied customer base that includes independent convenience stores, grocers, retailers, forecourts, off-licences, pubs, restaurants, event caterers, schools and care homes. All key product categories are available including soft drinks, grocery, fresh and frozen food, beers, wines, spirits and non-food items. In the year to March 2015, sales totalling £3.6bn were collected by the customer from the Group’s branches and sales totalling £1.39bn were delivered to the Company’s customer premises.

It operates 29 stores, including one in Belfast. Focussing on catering and small business, Makro offers a wide choice of products to suit their professional needs that are great value for money.

Booker Direct is the Group’s retail delivered wholesale business which serves national accounts. It is the UK's largest food supplier to the cinema sector with customers including VUE and Odeon. Other prestigious accounts include HM Prisons in England & Wales (in partnership with DHL), Marks and Spencer and the NAAFI.

In September 2009 we opened our first branch in Mumbai. We now have 21,000 customers and the customer reaction has been excellent. We have also launched 190 Happy Shopper symbol retailers which harness the lessons from Premier in the UK for the Kirana stores of Mumbai. We have four branches in Mumbai, one in Surat and one joint venture in Pune and are pleased with our progress.

Londis and Budgens formed Booker Retail Partners when they joined Booker Group September 2015. By joining forces, we will be able to help independent retailers prosper.

The Group operates three regional distribution centres, Hatfield and Haydock in England and Livingston in Scotland, and has a national distribution centre in Wellingborough. These distribution centres supply the whole of the Booker Group.

Chef Direct is the new force in foodservice and services such prestigious accounts as Aramark, Wagamama, Revolution Bars and SSP. Located in a state-of-the-art facility in Didcot, Chef Direct continues to grow its impressive customer base by offering a tailored solution to meet each customers bespoke needs.

Established in 1929 Ritter Courivaud Ltd is one of the leading food distributors to the upmarket sector of the UK’s food service industry. Our product range includes top quality lines from all around the world, from caviar to fresh mushrooms, truffles and charcuterie including an extensive range of Sardinian salciccia and a vast variety of patisserie ingredients for the discerning patissier.

With a commitment to sourcing the best and most innovative products we try to offer today's chef all he needs and more in order for him and his establishment to be rated amongst the best.

Premier is the UK’s number one symbol group with over 3,100 stores nationwide. Premier operates a no cost symbol model where there are no joining or membership fees and retailers receive a fascia and imagery free of charge. Premier has also started to advertise on TV for the first time which promotes both the great value available in store through the famous Mega Deals and the local aspect of their stores.

Family Shopper is a new discount format for independent retailers that brings together the strength of symbol retailing with the great value available in the discount channel. It has been specifically developed to help independent retailers capture the growing sales and profits from the discount sector. Providing comprehensive disciplines, all Family Shopper stores offer a simplified range that removes duplication and focusses on value.

The Group owns a number of own brands including:

Catering brands – Chef’s Essentials, Chef’s Larder and Lichfields

Wine, spirit and tobacco brands – Chekov, Grosvenor, Lynx and Hidden Road Wine

Retail Brands – Happy Shopper and Euro Shopper

Fresh Brand – Farm Fresh

Cleaning/hygiene brands – Clean Pro and Clean Pro Plus

Sales at booker.co.uk were £874m, up from £777m last year and £15m in 2005. All these sales are delivered to our customer’s premises. We have 408,000 customers registered on the website compared to 334,000 last year. Customers can view their account details, use an Iphone app and order products. We have also developed our first customer forum for Premier customers.

The Company employed approximately c13,000 employees as at 27 March 2015. The Group is an equal opportunities employer and the Directors believe that the Group’s people are the key to the future of its business and intends to continue to develop them at all levels of the business.

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