Makro ‘Chip’ In With Great Offers For The One Stop Chip Shop

National Chip Week returns from 21 – 25 February 2012 and this year Makro provides the perfect solution for all chip shop owners and chip lovers alike to keep costs low and margins high.

Providing a one-stop shop for National Chip Week, Makro has everything needed to help generate additional footfall and cater for all chip-needs from catering equipment to Chef’s jackets.

Whether customers prefer to make their own chips from fresh, or cook straight from frozen, Makro has the solution. Fresh Maris Piper potatoes are available in 25kg at only £4.99 (excl vat) or a chilled chip from Lord priced at £5.75 (excl vat) for 10kg. Makro also stock a wide variety of sizes in its frozen range, from a slim pomme frite to a chunky Best of British classic.

Even in the preparation, there are offers such as 12.5kg of First fry beef frying fat just £14.49 to help reduce costs and increase profit.

Finishing touches are catered for with takeaway cutlery and packaging containers/ including offers such as 1000 Aro wooden chip forks for just £3.99 (excl vat) or plastic forks just £7.95 (excl vat) or 5LTR Sarsons Distilled vinegar £4.49 (excl vat)

Gill Shakeshaft, from Makro said, “National Chip Week is a big event in the takeaway calendar and it’s important to reward our customers by reducing prices of their everyday essentials. We stock everything from super fresh, fresh and disposables all under one roof so our customers will be ready to celebrate National Chip Week.”

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Makro Calls On UK Firms To Make Savings On Their Business Supplies

One of the UK’s leading cash and carry wholesalers has called on British companies to make a new year resolution to ensure they enjoy maximum savings when purchasing business supplies in 2012.

Manchester-based Makro operates a chain of 30 purpose-built cash and carry stores across the United Kingdom and every day helps thousands of businesses to save money on a huge range of food and non-food products from shampoo to cash registers.

To celebrate the start of 2012, the company is currently running deals on a wide range of goods including infrared grills, manual fill water boilers and computer printers. As well as offering up to 27 per cent off a selected range of Lincat catering equipment, Makro has slashed the prices of a variety of other items such as its George Foreman Grill and Griddle, Henry Hoover vacuum cleaner and Silentnight Regal Supreme Single Mattress.

Paul Ramage at Makro, said: “We are well aware of the financial difficulties facing businesses across the UK at the moment, which is why we are offering discounts on a range of popular items online and though our stores.

“Makro understands that businesses need to have access to affordable, quality products that they can rely on, especially at a time when budgets are being squeezed across the board. Our aim has always been to make vital business supplies available to companies at the right price, and customers can rest assured that this is exactly what we’ll continue to do throughout 2012.”

Earlier this month Makro announced that it had cut prices on thousands of products until April 2012.

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Makro Launches Simple Solution To Christmas Gifts, Quality Hampers Packed With Luxury Items

Makro UK has launched a range of luxury hampers in time for Christmas to provide customers with a quality gifting solution.

The hampers range from entry level at £14.99 (excl. VAT) all the way up to £99.99 (excl. VAT) so that cardholders can choose the right size hamper for their needs.

The hampers include a wide range of products including luxury toiletries, quality wines, spirits and foods from popular brands which come packaged in either a handmade wicker basket or fine pine chest.

The hampers are designed to make perfect corporate Christmas gifts to suppliers or customers, and also for friends or family.

Paul Ramage at Makro, said: “Finding the right corporate gift can be tricky – knowing how much to spend and catering to individual tastes. So we’ve designed these hampers to include a little bit of something for everyone, whether they enjoy a tipple, good food or quality condiments.

“With several different size hampers to choose from, they provide a quick and simple solution to corporate gifts this Christmas. And even if you don’t need to buy gifts for customers or clients, they make the perfect present for friends or family.”

The Lucerne Hamper in a handmade wicker basket costs £24.99 (excl. VAT)
The Garda Hamper in a handmade wicker basket costs £49.99 (excl. VAT)
The Geneva Hamper in fine pine wooden chest costs £74.99(excl. VAT)The Constance Hamper in large handmade wicker basket costs £99.99 (excl. VAT).

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Makro Updates Own Brand Champagne

Makro has re-launched its range of high quality own brand Champagne, Veuve Pelletier, which retails at almost half the price of well known brands such as Moet and Veuve Clicquot. The revamped bottle includes a new design which clearly communicates the brand’s commitment to quality.

Sales of Champagne rose 16.3% in 2010 according to figures published by the Champagne Bureau and ‘off-trade’ experienced an increase in sales of 6%. The booming market combined with the high sales during the festive season means that Champagne can become an excellent source of revenue for both ‘on’ and ‘off-trade’ and a low price point will ensure maximum profits

Champagne Veuve Pelletier Brut and Champagne Veuve Pelletier Demi Sec are both made from a blend of three grapes: Chardonnay (10%), Pinot Noir (62%) and Pinot Meunier (28%.)

Veuve Pelletier Brut (12.4% alcohol) is aged for a minimum of 15 months allowing the blends to harmonise bringing out the notes of brioche, honey and a fresh floral scent. The mouth is well balanced, with a roundness and red fruit flavour with a delightful long lasting elegant finish.

Veuve Pelletier Demi Sec (12.2% alcohol) boasts a golden yellow colour bursting with fine and regular bubbles with an expressive vinous nose and a fruity flavour combined with sweet honey. The sweet flavours prevail in the mouth and are followed by the fruitiness of the wine and a suave finish.

The Champagne was selected as part of an international sourcing strategy with parent company Metro. The wines underwent sommelier and consumer testing to ensure the finest quality product was selected.

Karen Hornby, Own Brand Manager for Makro, said: “Veuve Pelletier Champagne is possibly the best Champagne on the market at this price point. It represents excellent value for money and is the perfect addition to any independent retailer, bar, restaurant or club’s wine list in time for ideal Christmas gifts.

“The low price point ensures that it is easy to make a strong mark-up without losing any confidence in the quality of the product. It also means that a quality product can be enjoyed everyone.

“Any Makro customer who is unsure about which wine to buy for their customers can speak to a professional sommelier at any of our 30 stores nationwide.”

Veuve Pelletier Brut and Demi Sec are both available at: 6 x 75cl £69.49* or 1 x 75cl £12.49** current prices applicable until 4 Jan 2012.

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Displaysense reports sales of catering equipment increasing in the lead up to Valentines Day

Displaysense reports that while Valentines Day is renowned as the most romantic day of the year, with couples expressing their love for each other with gifts and for many, tying the knot, making it one of the busiest marriage periods in the year, it’s not just flowers and chocolates that are in demand this February.

This busy marriage period has lead to Displaysense (http://www.displaysense.co.uk), the UKs leading supplier of affordable shop fittings and catering equipment, having to double their stock of cake displays, after increasing demand from customers who are intending to cut down on the big day expenses due to the ongoing credit crunch by doing a lot more themselves rather than payout for caterers.

After various calls to the Displaysense sales team, a number of customers have indicated that other businesses are also benefiting from the downturn, as a number of people are renting equipment or making items for the big day, rather than purchasing it.

Steve Whittle the marketing manager at Displaysense said, “There definitely seems to be a growing trend of people looking to DIY their wedding day. If this trend continues, we may change our future new product plans and introduce more wedding related products”.

Steve commented further by saying, “Some of our customers have been very inventive with their purchases, one example was a customer who cut down on their wedding stationary and purchased some note clip holders from our leaflet holders range and used them for table and name placements as well as menu holders“.

On speaking to suppliers and the local business community, Displaysense has learnt that certain businesses are even planning to extend their January sales to cover the first two weeks of February to pick up this marriage trade and supply products to couples who are working with a tighter wedding budget.

With wedding numbers decreasing by an estimated 35% since their peak in 1972, couples have preferred to co-habit, rather than tie the knot. However, the race to exchange vows on Valentines Day always leads to a surge in the Marriage figures and the numbers of people filling the countries church pews.

With the credit crunch in place tightening the purse strings on everything from the dresses to the catering, Displaysense wishes all those couples good luck and hope the trend for more DIY weddings continues in 2009.

About Displaysense

Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 1500 displays. The range is now hugely diverse including acrylic containers, display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and business card holders.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.

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