The National Buying Consortium (NBC) has announced the arrival of three new members with Berkshire Beveraghes, Blue Banana and Ever Fresh Dairy all joining the buying group.
NBC managing director David Lunt said that it was great to see the level of interest in the group that has converted into membership so soon in the year. “We truly believe that our buying group is unique and that if you want to take control of your future, membership through shareholding of NBC is the way to go. This brings the membership to 40 since we first started in 2019, representing well over £400m of turnover and serving retail, catering, government, and hospitality sectors.”
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Reading-based Berkshire Beverages supplies a wide variety of retail and on-trade outlets with beers, wines, spirits, and soft drinks. Blue Banana is based in London and supplies confectionery, snacks, and soft drinks to the independent retail trade. Its owner Ramesh Varsani, said: “It was a big decision to leave my previous buying group and it was only made possible with my many discussions and visits to the team at Chipping Norton. I believe that the fundamental principle of membership through shareholding ensures that my business interests are always front and centre.
Meanwhile, Ever Fresh Dairy trading as 7 Stars cash & carry is based in Croydon and supplies to catering and hospitality outlets. Owner Naveed Ahmed, explained that he is looking forward to working in the group environment. “The agreements that are in place with major suppliers will help me grow my sales and customer base and taking advantage of the central warehousing and logistics service, NDN, to access great prices in realistic order quantities will be a real game changer for me.”