Ahead of an exclusive interview appearing in the Grocer magazine, we got the chance to catch up with Nisa Chief Executive Ken Towle to get an update on how the wholesale operation is going.
It’s been a very busy 3 months since we completed our acquisition of Nisa on 8 May. Not only have we experienced the best summer trade period for a long time, but we’ve made good progress integrating Nisa into the Co-op family.
So what’s been happening?
As well as the great work going on to align the two businesses, we’ve worked incredibly hard to make an initial range of over 800 Co-op products available to Nisa partners over a phased roll-out. Partners have had two of those phases and are currently buying into the third which will land in stores in September. The final phase will take place in November.
The roll-out is gathering pace and partner feedback is positive, with Co-op brand is now beginning to appear on the shelves of Nisa partners’ stores up and down the country.
The total range on offer includes:
- Our high quality award-winning products including sandwiches, pizzas and wine
- Products which aren’t currently available within Nisa’s Heritage own brand range
- Everyday essentials where we can deliver better value for money
Nisa has also begun to supply Costcutter Supermarkets Group, and the 1,500 stores in its network, following the wholesale agreement we signed in November 2017.
Fit for the future
Convenience will continue to be the fastest growing sector in UK grocery and we’re in a great place to capitalise on this, as Ken explains.
“Nisa and Co-op’s combined scale, vision and ambition is a great opportunity for us all and I’m excited about bringing the best of our businesses together.”
There’s lots to do but we’re up for the task.
“By combining our buying power and extending benefits to more customers and to potential new wholesale partners, together, we’ll strengthen our presence in wholesale convenience”.