Scottish wholesalers will explore the many opportunities presented by key events taking place during 2014 – one of Scotland’s most significant years – at the annual conference of the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) at Crieff in June.
United Wholesale (Scotland), the Glasgow-based delivered wholesaler and cash & carry, has been named the best wholesale business at the prestigious Scottish Wholesale Achievers awards.
Leading industry trade bodies the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) and Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) joined forces with the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group (SAITG) to highlight the escalating economic and community costs of the illicit trade in counterfeit goods at a Parliamentary Reception on 15 January.
The Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has announced the appointments of Julie Dunn, operations director of Dunns Food and Drinks, as vice-president and Chris Gallacher, retail development controller Scotland for Booker, as junior vice-president.
Tackling the estimated billions of pounds lost and personal safety dangers of illicit trade in counterfeit goods should be a New Year’s resolution for Scotland, according to leading industry trade bodies.
HMRC is encouraging all Scottish Wholesale Association members to report any concerns they have regarding alcohol fraud or dishonest practices within the industry.
Wholesalers in Scotland are urging the Scottish Government to look closely at the findings of a newly published report from Australia which shows that the market in illicit tobacco in the country has risen significantly since the introduction of plain packaging in December 2012.
Almost 35,000 litres of illicit beer, wine and spirits have been seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as alcohol taskforce officers continue to target illegal sales across Scotland.
Consumers in Glasgow are being encouraged to swap their usual tipple for a lower alcohol version as part of a pilot campaign launched this week by the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership (SGAIP).
The groundbreaking mentoring programme, launched by the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) under its new Mentoring Trust, is now well under way with the first individuals participating in the high-profile industry initiative already benefiting from one-to-one sessions with their mentors.