JJ Foodservice back on growth track in 2019

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JJ Foodservice has reported a double digit growth in turnover for the nine months to December 2019, shortly after releasing annual results for the previous year that showed flat revenue.

Turnover stood at £201 million for the year ended on 31 March 2019, an increase of less than 0.4 percent when compared with the previous financial year.

However, the wholesaler has since then defied economic uncertainty, with orders increasing by 13 percent and the number of cases sold going up by 10 percent.

This has led to a 14 percent year on year growth in turnover for the period from April to December 2019, in sharp contrast with the UK foodservice wholesale market which has experienced minimal growth over the past 12 months and is expected to grow by just 1.2 percent by 2023, as per IGD forecast.

Edward Lanham, chief finance officer, said the company’s focus has been on “investing in technology to improve service and maintain high availability.”

New delivery alerts launched last summer have helped to dramatically improve service by notifying customers when their order has been dispatched and when it is just minutes away.

Product choice has also been improved with the addition of an extended range of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh poultry, MSC-certified fish and seafood, and eco-packaging lines.

“Our focus in 2020 will be to continue delivering a first-class experience and high-quality products to customers,” Lanham added.