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Exclusive sees its applications soar

Exclusive Connections received re-cord applications for membership in February.

The packager network received more applications for full membership in February than in any other month in its 14-year history.

Matthew Arena, managing director of Exclusive, says: “We are experiencing the worst trading conditions since the end of the 1980s. The market is a hostile place and packagers are looking for a safe haven to ride out the storm.”

Arena believes that packagers and distributors have recognised they are better off coping with challenging market conditions as part of an organisation that provides many benefits but leaves them free to run their businesses as they wish.

He says Exclusive’s members can access products and services that are increasingly difficult to source and are under no constraints on where they can do business.


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