Holland Bazaar joins UK’s Big 30 Wholesalers
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Holland Bazaar became one of the 30 largest food wholesalers in the UK. The company,
which entered ‘the 30 Big Wholesalers 2021’ list prepared by The Grocer and updated every
year, for the first time this year, was shown among the rising stars of the sector.
Holland Bazaar has been this year sees two new additions to the Big 30.
North London based Holland Bazaar saw sales rise for the year to 31 March 2020.
Headquartered in Edmonton, the first Confex-member on our list is a family-run business.
After starting out as a small fresh fruit & veg wholesaler, it opened its second depot in
Croydon in 2017.
Holland Bazaar, which is among the companies with a total turnover of more than 27 billion,
employs hundreds of employees in its two warehouses. The report pointed out that the
restaurant and food industry faced serious losses due to lockdown, and the company suffered
a serious loss of income due to this situation.
The company, which increased its market share and increased its turnover despite the said
loss, was among the rare companies that maintained their profitability despite serious losses
in the sector.
Director Mert Ucar explains the business has still managed strong single-figure sales growth
despite experiencing mixed fortunes. Half the wholesaler’s business is cash & carry, 10%
delivered wholesale and 40% foodservice.
Mr Ucar also has said;
“The closure of restaurants and hospitality outlets had an impact in a negative way, but we
have a multichannel customer base (restaurants, coffee shops, takeaways, convenience stores,
secondary wholesalers and even households), which is one of the key reasons for our 8%
growth during the Covid-19 crisis,” he says. “Although one side of our customer base was
hit, sales on the other side went up significantly.”
Holland Bazaar is a UK’is first 24-hour-a-day seven-day-a-week retail and a wholesale that
operates in two venues in London: one in Edmonton, to the north of the city, and the other in
Croydon at the south.
The company, which has thousands of products from fruit and vegetables as well as
beverages to dry foods, alcohol varieties to catering supplies, also distributes to all around the
UK in addition to London.