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SGF Welcomes Partnership with Calbee Group UK

Scottish Grocer’s Federation is delighted to announce a new partnership with Calbee Group UK a young, ambitious snack company which boldly seeks to disrupt the UK and European bagged-snacks categories through exciting innovation.

A complete start-up in 2015, but now a strong challenger in the snacking category, Calbee Group UK forms part of Japanese global snack-manufacturer, Calbee Inc., founded more than 65 years ago. One of the largest snack companies in the world, Calbee Inc has more than 3,800 employees across 12 different countries, making Calbee Group UK part of a £2.3 billion global business.

In addition to achieving significant growth organically with their first factory located in Deeside, North Wales, a huge milestone in Calbee Group UK’s short history has been the successful acquisition of Seabrook Crisps in 2018.  Bradford-based Seabrook, a dynamic company with a great history, tradition and first to market initiatives has served as a perfect complement to the young, ambitious business that is Calbee UK. Bringing them together has demonstrated a powerful move to leverage the combined strengths of both businesses to accelerate growth and increase market penetration.

SGF chief executive Dr Pete Cheema OBE said: “We are delighted to welcome Calbee Group UK into the Federation. Customers now more than ever want choice, quality and convenience. The bagged snacks products made by Calbee UK are sure to appeal to customers throughout the convenience sector. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Jon Wood, commercial director of Calbee Group UK said:

“Calbee Group UK Limited are delighted to announce that we are joining SGF as a Silver Member from 2020 and will now be entering the Scottish convenience market. With the recent introduction of our new kids licensed products in Paw Patrol and Trolls World Tour, we feel that it is an ideal opportunity to offer Scottish convenience retailers products which meet very specific consumer needs. It is also a great opportunity for us to extend the reach of our core Seabrook crinkle cut crisps brand to this important retail market”.

Late Push to Protect Shop Workers 

 
Scottish Grocers' Federation is putting the Scottish government under pressure to support key legislation aimed at protecting convenience staff from assault and abuse. in a strongly worded letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, SGF made it clear that one positive legacy of the current COVID-19 crisis must be to create a safer in-store environment.
 
The Federation's intervention comes as the parliamentary process around Daniel Johnson MSPs Protection of Workers Bill reaches a crucial phase: the Economy Committee will produce its recommendation on approval or rejection of the Bill to parliament this month.
 
SGF chief executve Pete Cheema said, 
 
"We have urged to the Cabinet Secretary to send a clear signal that the Scottish government supports this Bill. The current legislation is not working. The current crisis has shown how important convenience stores are to our communities. The remarkable response from staff must be recognised - the best way to do this is by ensuring they can work in safety."

MSPs Praise Frontline Convenience Stores

MSPs have praised the vital ‘frontline’ role of Scotland's 44,000 convenience store staff in supporting communities through the COVID-19 crisis. Senior Scottish Labour MSP Anas Sarwar has lodged a Parliamentary Motion which highlights the outstanding effort convenience stores have made in supporting vulnerable customers. The Motion has been endorsed by MSPs from across the political spectrum at Holyrood.

The Glasgow MSP said,

Shopkeepers in Scotland’s independent convenience stores are the unsung heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. They have worked tirelessly to ensure that vulnerable people are receiving essential groceries and other products, particularly in rural locations where they are often the only shopping option. Shopkeepers in independent stores are at the heart of their communities and are using their local knowledge to make sure vulnerable people are being looked after. When we applaud the key workers who are fighting the coronavirus on the frontline, let’s not forget the shopkeepers.”

The Scottish Local Shop Report shows that almost 2,000 of Scotland’s 5,000 convenience stores are providing lifeline services in rural parts of the country where there are no other nearby shops. Scottish Grocers Federation chief executive Dr Pete Cheema OBE said,

“We are delighted that MSPs from all political parties have recognised the outstanding work being done by convenience retailers in ensuring that customers have access to essential groceries and vital services. More and more people are recognising that convenience stores have become the new emergency service."

A Message to our Retailers from Warburtons

This is an incredibly difficult time for people and businesses across the country and we are doing our best to bake and deliver as much food as possible, every single day.

But it isn’t easy, and we must also look after our own people. Our drivers are working harder and longer than ever before trying to get to as many stores as we can, but we just don’t have as many people as we would like to get to every customer we normally would serve.

As a company that prides itself on its direct to store delivery, this is a really difficult decision to make and one we haven’t taken lightly.

We are looking at other ways we can support our smaller customers and have improved the stock available in wholesalers for example, we will also do our best to ensure isolated rural communities are impacted as little as possible as well. As soon as we can change things, we will.

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