Jacksons Bakery owner William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) has acquired foodservice ingredients business Wellocks.Lancashire-based Wellocks, which employs around 470 people nationwide, sources and supplies ingredients for chefs, including fruit, vegetables, dairy, poultry, meat and store cupboard essentials.The deal comes two weeks after WJFG sold its Aunt Bessie’s brand to Nomad Foods for around £210m.WJFG chief executive Norman Soutar said he had admired the Wellocks business for many years.“Wellocks has enjoyed recent growth and has really exciting potential for the future with great customers and really innovative suppliers.” he added. “We’re looking forward to helping the business grow and develop in the future.”“The group remains very focused on having a portfolio of great food businesses and this is an important acquisition for us, replacing the Wigan salad processing business we sold to Agrial a year ago.”Wellocks MD James Wellock said it would be “business as usual” in terms of the day-to-day running of the operation.“The difference is that we now have a business behind us which has even more knowledge and experience of the food industry and is able to invest in the long-term future of Wellocks and everyone who works here.”WJFG also owns grocery delivery business Abel & Cole, The Food Doctor and MyFresh.Late last year, Yorkshire-based Jacksons announced it was investing £40m in a second factory to supply bread for sandwich manufacturers.
Big wins for Frasers Hospitality Australia at TAA 2018Big wins for Frasers Hospitality Australia at TAA 2018Frasers Hospitality Australia (FHA) are celebrating Fraser Suites Sydney’s recent induction into the Hall of Fame at the Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW Awards for Excellence. The 5-star property, which celebrated its 10th Birthday last October, received the prestigious award last week after winning the Best Apartment/Suite Hotel of the Year Award three years in a row.“To be inducted into TAA’s Hall of Fame is an incredible honour,” says Matthew Rubie, Country General Manager of Frasers Hospitality. “The award acknowledges all of our hard working, loyal staff at Fraser Suites Sydney. It’s because of our great team that we’ve come this far.”The TAA Awards are recognised as the most respected hospitality and tourism awards in the industry, honouring the state’s greatest achievers in a wide range of accommodation categories.Fraser Suites Sydney is also proud to announce that one of its valued employees, Howard Phung, was voted NSW IT Talent of the Year at the sparkling awards ceremony held at The Star in Sydney.With a desire to implement long-term and meaningful IT solutions, Phung, national IT manager since 2014, has grown FHA into an industry leader by introducing a paperless check-in user experience across its four Australian properties – Fraser Suites Sydney, Fraser Suites Perth, Fraser Place Melbourne and Capri by Fraser Brisbane.Thanks to Phung’s vision, hotel operations from online payments to check-in and housekeeping are now more efficient and cost-effective. His vision has also enabled a payment gateway solution that has increased data security.“It was a momentous night for the Frasers Hospitality team with the double win,” says Rubie. “Both recognitions are a meaningful reward for the entire Frasers Hospitality team. We look forward to continuing to improve on our guest experience and warm hospitality for many years to come and our TAA Hall of Fame trophy will take place of pride in our awards cabinet.” Source = Fraser Suites Sydney