Wholesaler Dunns Food and Drinks acquires Dameck Drinks

Dunns Food and Drinks Ltd, a Lanarkshire delivered wholesaler and soft drinks manufacturer, has acquired West Lothian-based craft and world beer specialist Dameck Drinks Scotland Ltd for an undisclosed sum as part of its strategy to strengthen its product portfolio and achieve a £25 million-turnover in 2015.

Jim Rowan, managing director of Blantyre-based Dunns (pictured above), said: “Craft and world beer is a highly specialised category and as Dameck is already selling over 1200 craft and world beer products into the Scottish on-trade, this acquisition will allow us access to a customer base and market sector in which we have little presence.”

Currently boasting a £22m turnover, Dunns takes control of the Bathgate-based business on July 31 with its managing director Danny McGeough and his four-strong team transferring to Blantyre from where Dameck will operate as a standalone business for two to three months.

Privately-owned Dunns, which has invested £100,000 in a new IT system to improve customer service and embarked on a £250,000 refurbishment of its 70,000 sq ft depot and offices in Blantyre, provides a one-stop shop for the licensed and foodservice sectors in Scotland.

A further £160,000 is being invested in the company’s 26-strong fleet while Dunns has also committed to invest around £40,000 on staff training and development over the next two years. Dunns has recently launched its own Wine Academy and become a member of The Society of Vintners in order to broaden its portfolio of world wines and provide customers with better deals and exclusive ranges.

More info: www.dunnsfoodanddrinks.co.uk


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