Franks Ice Cream wins contract to supply around 120 Co-op food stores across Wales

MANCHESTER, UK, 2016-Apr-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — An Ammanford-based ice cream maker has seen its expansion plans boosted by scooping a contract to supply Co-op food stores across Wales.

Franks Ice Cream will supply around 120 Co-op food stores in communities across Wales in a year that sees the award winning ice cream maker mark the centenary of its founder, Francesco Dallavalle, arriving in Wales from Parma, northern Italy.

The move forms part of the Co-op’s commitment to backing local Welsh suppliers and will support Frank’s plans to create a further four permanent positions at its purpose-built manufacturing facility this year.

Giulio Dallavalle, grandson of the founder of Frank’s Ice Cream, said:

“We are very excited, it is fantastic news. This will enable our ice cream to reach new and important markets in communities across Wales. It is our largest contract with a community retailer. The Co-op will initially stock our award winning clotted cream vanilla ice cream which we are very proud of, and I am confident it will be a big success with the Co-op’s customers.

“With sales to retailers less seasonal – as ice cream is popular as a dessert all year round – the contract win and volume uplift also comes at the perfect time to support our plans for growth and expansion. We both share a passion and pride in great produce and so we are delighted to be working closely with the Co-op.”

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op’s food stores in Wales, said:

“Frank’s Ice Cream is a great story of endeavour, with the legacy and traditions of Francesco Dallavalle going from strength-to-strength almost 100 years after he first started selling his ice cream in South Wales. Our convenience stores are located in the heart of Welsh communities and this is a further step in the Co-op’s commitment to offering more locally sourced produce conveniently.”

Giulio Dallavalle is the 3rd generation of ice cream maker at Frank’s. Francesco Dallavalle opened his first café in 1920 after arriving in Wales four years earlier. Almost 100 years later Frank’s still uses traditional recipes and finest Welsh ingredients combined with Italian flair. This year, Frank’s expects to increase its workforce by around 15 percent to around 30 people. For more information about Franks Ice Cream visit

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
07702 505 551



Franks Ice Cream wins contract to supply around 120 Co-op food stores across Wales


Bouw van het nieuwe, gemechaniseerde distributiecentrum van Albert Heijn in Zaandam van start gegaan

Zaandam, 2016-Apr-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vandaag is de bouw van het nieuwe, gemechaniseerde distributiecentrum van Albert Heijn in Zaandam van start gegaan. Cees van Vliet, directeur winkels en distributie, sloeg samen met burgemeester Geke Faber van de gemeente Zaanstad en de bij de bouw betrokken partijen de eerste paal. Het gemechaniseerde distributiecentrum is naar verwachting halverwege 2018 klaar.

Het nieuwe distributiecentrum wordt gerealiseerd door Bouwbedrijf De Vries en Verburg B.V. op het terrein van het bestaande distributiecentrum in Zaandam. Het gebouw van 23.000 m2 krijgt, mede door plaatsing van 6380 zonnepanelen, het BREEAM-NL Excellent duurzaamheidscertificaat. BREEAM-NL is een internationaal erkend keurmerk dat gebouwen beoordeelt op diverse duurzaamheidscategorieën en alleen bovenwettelijke prestaties beloont.

Vanderlande, wereldspeler op het gebied van magazijn automatisering, levert de mechanisatieoplossing. In het gemechaniseerde distributiecentrum wordt straks vrijwel het complete assortiment houdbare producten vanaf ontvangst tot laden gemechaniseerd. Daardoor kunnen meer producten in dezelfde ruimte worden verwerkt en worden transportbewegingen naar winkels beperkt omdat producten efficiënter gestapeld worden. Bijkomend voordeel voor de winkel is dat de producten daarbij volgens de indeling van de winkel worden gestapeld waardoor winkelmedewerkers gemakkelijker de schappen kunnen vullen. Voor medewerkers in het distributiecentrum verbetert de kwaliteit van het werk, omdat machines het zware handmatige werk overnemen. Voor vaste medewerkers binnen Albert Heijn logistiek blijft voldoende werk en geldt een baangarantie.

SOURCE: Albert Heijn

PT Hero Supermarket Tbk Q1-2016: Gross profit up 2%

South Tangerang, 2016-Apr-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The following announcement was issued today (April 27, 2016) by the Company’s 83.9%-owned subsidiary, PT Hero Supermarket Tbk.


• Net revenue down 3%
• Gross profit up 2%
• Net loss of Rp 35 billion
• Stores rationalization programme
• Positive free cash flow



The Group’s 2016 first quarter result was disappointing with the Food operations facing declining sales, which was only partially offset by both Health and Beauty and IKEA achieving double digit like-for-like sales growth.

Profitability in the Food operations was reduced due to the lower sales, higher stock provisions and increasing costs resulting from last year’s wage increases. Significant attention continues to be given to driving sales growth, and several initiatives are underway to mitigate the effects of rising costs through energy savings and improved productivity. Health and Beauty and IKEDespite reporting a loss for the period, operating cash flow was Rp 114 billion. The Company’s financial position is stable with net cash of Rp 47 billion, consistent with the position at 31st December 20A both enjoyed improving profitability.

Financial Performance

Total sales were Rp 3,409 billion in the first quarter of 2016, 3% down compared with prior year. A net loss of Rp 35 billion was recorded for the quarter, compared to a net loss of Rp 33 billion last year.

Despite reporting a loss for the period, operating cash flow was Rp 114 billion. The Company’s financial position is stable with net cash of Rp 47 billion, consistent with the position at 31st December 2015.

Business Activities

In the Food operations, the strategic decision to increase the focus on fresh produce is showing promising results with strong like-for-like sales growth in this category. Disappointing grocery and general merchandise sales, however, impacted negatively the overall Food performance during the quarter, especially in Giant. Action is also being taken to improve the efficiency of the supply chain, with increased centralization through the Group’s distribution centres.

Both Giant Ekstra and Ekspres are taking action to improve their trading and their profitability.

The Group’s upscale format, Hero Supermarket, had stable like-for-like sales. It is continuing to focus on enhancing its offer across the fresh, imported and exclusive ranges to provide a more distinctive choice for customers.

In Health and Beauty, Guardian’s store rationalization programme is progressing well which, together with the introduction of refreshed branding and increasing private label development, is leading to improvements in both sales and profitability.

In Home Furnishings, IKEA has produced a strong performance, exceeding sales and profitability expectations.

The Company is continuing to invest in the technology required to deliver a superior offer and provide a compelling shopping experience for customers.

A total 28 net stores were closed in the first quarter, including 1 Giant Ekspres, 24 Guardian and 5 Starmart. This was offset by the opening of 2 outlets (1 Guardian and 1 Giant Ekstra). As at 31st March 2016, the Company operated 582 stores, comprising 54 Giant Ekstra, 153 Giant Ekspres and Hero Supermarket, 295 Guardian Health and Beauty stores, 1 IKEA and 79 Starmart convenience stores.


While there are initial signs of margin improvement, the trading conditions for Food are expected to remain challenging. Various initiatives are underway to improve the profitability of the Food business, and continuing progress is expected in both Health and Beauty and IKEA.

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For further information contact:

Stephane Deutsch, President Director PT Hero Supermarket Tbk Tel: +62-21-8378 8388, Fax: +62-21-831 7764

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