Independent stores have a champion in cash-and-carry firm Parfetts. The family-owned Cheshire business sells food, drink and tobacco to independent retailers and caterers. It supports small shops with schemes like Go Local, offering discounts on selected products from its six depots in northwest England. Parfetts recently launched a campaign to remove hydrogenated vegetable oils from its products by the end of 2008. Under managing director Stephen Parfett, sales reached £234.3m in 2006.
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