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Booker Group plc
Type Public (LSE: BOK)
Founded 1835
Headquarters Wellingborough, England
Key people Richard Rose, Chairman
Charles Wilson, CEO
Industry Retail
Products Cash and carry outlets
Revenue £3,179.2 million (2009)
Operating income £57.8 million (2009)
Net income £39.2 million (2009)

Booker Group plc is the United Kingdom's largest food wholesale operator, offering branded and private-label goods to over 400,000 customers including independent convenience stores, grocers, pubs and restaurants. The firm is listed on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.



The Company was founded by George and Richard Booker in 1835 when they bought their first ship and established the Booker Line.[1] It diversified into the distribution of goods rather than the mere shipping of them and gradually disposed of its fleet of ships: the focus was on food wholesale distribution and by 1978 the Company had over 100 warehouses across the UK.[2]

In 2000 Booker was purchased by Iceland Supermarkets, via its Big Food Group vehicle.[3] Then in 2005 was bought by acquisitive Icelandic group Baugur.[4]

In June 2007 Booker reversed into AIM-listed wholesaler of groceries Blueheath, to form Booker Group plc.[5]


The Company supplies approximately 296,000 catering businesses and 72,000 independent retailers; it also operates from 173 cash and carry branches throughout the United Kingdom and operate a national delivery service.[6]

Booker Prize for Fiction

Booker began sponsoring the famous Prize for Fiction award in 1968 and although the award is now under different sponsorship and known as the Man Booker Prize the common name Booker Prize is retained to this day.[7]

See also

  • Happy Shopper – Booker convenience store chain and product branding


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