Lomond – The Wholesale Food Co has acquired fellow wholesaler Hall’s Direct in a deal that will establish it as one of the biggest players in Scotland’s delivered wholesale arena.
The acquisition will bring together both companies’ existing customer bases, and give the business the power of a combined £30m turnover.
Landmark Wholesale member Lomond, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, has built its success on supplying cafes and sandwich bars with premium chilled and frozen products, while Hall’s Direct has focused on the convenience retail sector as well as restaurants, butchers and hotels offering fresh meat and poultry, retail ready meals, retail breakfast products and a full chilled foodservice range.
Sam Henderson, Lomond managing director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to begin the next chapter in the evolution of Lomond. It’s an incredibly exciting time for the business as we announce this acquisition, host our inaugural trade show later this week (w/c 15 May), and celebrate our 20th anniversary.
“Our strategy to grow the business quickly has been realised, and the whole team is looking forward to the coming months as we integrate the two businesses. While it will be a busy few months, customers can be assured of a seamless transition, and the exceptional customer service they’ve been used to from both businesses.”
The acquisition will increase Lomond’s staff numbers from 104 to 160, and its fleet of dual-temperature delivery vehicles will go from 21 to 40.
Lomond was established in 1997 by Sam and Barbara Henderson as a foodservice wholesaler providing a wide range of high-quality products for all types of caterers. It sources many of its products from local producers and businesses.