Bestway sets up van sales division after P&H collapse

The Bestway cash and carry group has set up a van sales operation from the remnants of the Snacksdirect and Sweetsdirect businesses of the failed P&H Group.

Bestway has bought 180 vans from P&H’s administrators and aims to provide deliveries to 20,000 retail customers every two weeks.

It has appointed Noel Robinson, who previously headed up the P&H operation, to take charge of the new service, and said it will be re-employing many of P&H’s van sales staff.

Martin Race, managing director of Bestway Wholesale, said: “The new Bestway Van Sales division is a welcome addition to the business.

“We feel we will be able to drive operational efficiencies by running the van sales business out of our existing network of depots. Moreover, as many customers look for alternative sources of supply after the collapse of P&H, this move will reinforce our ability to offer further support and supply customers, continuing to demonstrate our commitment to the wholesale channel and to independent retailers.

“As a result, and buoyed by the groundswell of support from our supplier partners, we feel the launch of this new service to customers will be a great fit for us in delivering our future growth plans and building on our already close relationships with customers."

Bestway plans to have the vans on the road and selling to retailers as early as next Monday (January 22).