OPINION: Indies are catching up with supermarkets as food outlets – James Bielby, chief executive, FWD

The wholesale channel collectively sells more in value to the public than Sainsbury’s and Waitrose combined

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Independent retailers’ hackles always rise when politicians and news commentators use ‘supermarket’ as shorthand for any shop that sells food. 

It might save time in a soundbite, but it also implies the multiple retailers are the only places to shop – and we all know that’s not the case. 

FWD recently commissioned the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) to measure just how vast the wholesale sector is. The findings are quite staggering. 

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