JW Filshill snaps up rival wholesaler Iain Hill

Paisley-based food and drink wholesaler JW Filshill has acquired the independent Iain Hill wholesale business, located just a few miles away in Linwood, for an undisclosed sum.

Iain Hill is a delivered wholesaler that specialises in soft drinks, confectionery, snacks and other impulse products.

The buyout comes as Filshill prepares to relocate in the autumn to a new 123,034sq ft distribution centre in Westway Park near Glasgow Airport.

The acquisition also means that Filshill is looking to recruit locally for additional drivers and warehouse operatives.

Iain Hill (pictured right) launched his business from his parents’ garage 32 years ago. He said: “The most important thing for me is that my staff will be moving to a like-minded independent, family-owned business that takes a people first approach.

“For my customers, the number of food and drink lines available to them increases from 1,200 to 6,500 overnight, so it a great opportunity for them to reassess their businesses and plan for growth.”

Filshill boss Simon Hannah (pictured left) added: “Iain Hill Ltd is a perfect fit for Filshill given the many synergies between the two businesses – both independent family-owned companies with the same values and people-focused culture. Both Filshill and Iain Hill use the same IT and app suppliers which will make the transition easier.”

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