Martek Food Systems has supplied its food-dispensing gravity bins to Weigh2Save, the first ‘bulk’ supermarket in the UK.

Opened earlier this year in Blackburn, Weigh2Save sells hundreds of loose dry foods in bulk with no packaging, allowing its customers to save up to 70 percent on retail prices of packaged goods. The concept has been extremely well received and in its first few months of trading, the store has exceeded all its sales projections and profit expectations.

Martek Food Systems supplied over 260 self-dispensing gravity bins to Weigh2Save, to hold loose, dry, free-flowing products such as spices, nuts, dry fruits, cereals, lentils, rice and flour, as well as pick ‘n’ mix confectionery. Self-dispensing allows customers to buy as much or as little as they need, thereby reducing food and packaging waste and costs, and encouraging experimentation with new ingredients.

After the huge success of the flagship store in Blackburn, Weigh2Save is now looking to take the concept nationwide. The franchisee scheme is open to anyone who wants to run their own business and is looking to invest in a highly lucrative, yet untapped niche of the market.

Weigh2Save Owner Mohammed Arshad said: “We conducted a survey of over 500 people, explaining the Weigh2Save concept and 98 percent thought it was a great idea. This is the first store of its kind in the UK and it has proved a huge hit with the local community. The fact we save on supply and packaging costs means that we can transfer these savings directly to our customers – enabling them to save up to 70 percent on like for like products.

“Martek Food System’s self-dispensing gravity bins are ideal for Weigh2Save, as they are attractive, hygienic and user-friendly. Easy to clean and refill, the bins keep the products fresh and promote first-in, first-out stock rotation while enabling our customers to see the goods, rather than the packaging.”

Mike Elliott of Martek Food Systems, added: “We offer a range of dispensing bins as part of complete merchandising solutions, which include purpose-built fixtures, each created to match individual retailers’ display style, space and budget. From corner shops to large superstores, modular systems are designed, manufactured and installed for individual retail outlets to make the most of limited shelf and display space.

“We are extremely proud to have worked with Weigh2Save on the launch of their inaugural store, and will continue to work closely alongside them in their future developments. We also relish the opportunity to work with their franchisee stores when they launch.”

Martek Food Systems is the new division of interior solutions specialist Martek, which has been producing high quality bespoke fixtures, fittings and interiors for 30 years to a range of market sectors, including retail, catering, cinema and leisure.

All bins from Martek Food Systems are made of crystal clear polycarbonate, which has an impact strength 35 times greater than acrylic, making them scratch-resistant and virtually unbreakable.

Martek Food Systems

Kirsty Carnell

Tel: 01689 808 600

www.martekfs.com

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