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21st Century

2016

We rebrand William Reed and launch a new corporate website in the Spring

M&C Allegra rebrands as MCA in March

We launch The Bar and Pub Show and Appetite Learning (our eLearning brand)

We launch the Healthy & Natural Show in Chicago

2015

Allegra merges with the M&C brand in 2015 to become M&C Allegra

Farm Shop and Deli Show grows by 175%

We launch The Conscious Hospitality Show

Our US head office moves to Chicago

2014

We launch a membership model on The Grocer

We launch him! International, our global insight brand. 

2013

We launch Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in the Spring in Singapore

We then launch Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in September in Lima

We launch Vision Events, created for an international audience of senior business decision makers, industry leaders and experts from science and academia and provide an exclusive community environment around compelling content and speakers. The Vision Events portfolio includes events in the food & drink, nutrition, probiotics and wine industries.

2012

We launch Global Meat News - a daily online news service available as a free-access website, which provides regular newsletters to subscribers.  The service seeks out news stories and data of value to decision-makers in the meat industry across the world.

2011

Having been a substantial minority investor, with Board representation, since March 2008, WRBM acquire the remaining balance of the him! business in September 2011. him! is a research-based retail consultancy, working with over 100 blue-chip organisations in the retail, wholesale, on-trade and foodservice. him! operates syndicated multi-client customer tracking programmes in a variety of sectors, from convenience to high street, forecourts to pubs and bars, pharmacies to coffee chains. him! continues to operate as a separate entity.

him! moves to Ely Place in London

We acquire The Publican print magazine, its associated websites and events, together with Theme and Bar Show brands; we merge The Publican with our existing title, the Morning Advertiser, to create The Publican's Morning Advertiser

Decision News Media SAS, based in Montpellier, is renamed William Reed Business Media SAS

The Grocer Food & Drink Awards are renamed to The Grocer New Product Awards

We launch The Farm Shop & Deli Show, which brings together hundreds of speciality suppliers at Birmingham’s NEC to celebrate the best of British regional produce

2010

We open an office in the US

2009

We acquire Decision News Media SAS – publisher of FoodNavigator.com and 16 other websites serving the food, drink, nutrition, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries – to support the expansion of William Reed Business Media’s online brands

We launch The Food & Drink Logistics Show for 2010, to run alongside Foodex, Baking Industry Exhibition, Food & Drink Expo, Convenience Retail Show, Cafe+, the Off Licence Show and the International Forecourt & Fuel Equipment show at Birmingham's NEC in March

We launch William Reed E-Learning - our online learning division

We launch Grocer Food & Drink Awards

2008

We acquire Harpers, including the Harpers Directory and website. The magazine is merged with our existing Wine and Spirit title and re-launched as Harpers Wine & Spirit Trades Review.

We change our name from William Reed Publishing to William Reed Business Media, as we grow our online portfolio with the launch of: TheRightInfo.co.uk - BigHospitality.co.uk.

We also redesign British Baker and the Morning Advertiser and start publishing The Subpostmaster (on behalf of the National Federation of SubPostmasters).

2007

We launch 2 websites: Convenience-Store.co.uk and BakeryInfo.co.uk

We expand our range of magazines with the acquisition of Food Ingredients, Health and Nutrition (subsequently incorporated in Food Manufacture)

We launch Baking Industry Exhibition

2006

We add MeatInfo.co.uk and MorningAdvertiser.co.uk to our growing portfolio of websites and start publishing Wine & Spirit.

We launch The Grocer Own Label Awards.  These awards reward the most outstanding products in the own-label category.

2005

We extend our portfolio of products significantly by buying: Foodex, Meatex, British Baker, Meat Trades Journal, The Restaurant Show, Restaurant Magazine, International Wine Challenge (IWC), Frontier (subsequently sold), Drinks International (under licence to Agile Media Ltd)

Food Manufacture is named Business Magazine of the Year by the PPA.

We also start publishing Pro Wholesaler (on behalf of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors), and launch ForecourtTrader.co.uk.

2004

We expand into conferences while also growing our magazine base with the launch of Scottish Local Retailer (under licence to 55 North Ltd).

2002

We launch the online version of The Grocer –TheGrocer.co.uk.

We launch The World’s 50 Best Restaurants - an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of almost 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. It is recognised around the world as the most credible indicator of the best places to eat on Earth and is the trusted arbiter of what matters in global cuisine.

2001

We launch The Grocer Today email news service.

2000

We trial GrocerTV, a television channel on Sky Digital aimed at independent retailers, covering news, prices, deals and other issues.

We buy: The Morning Advertiser, Food Manufacture

WR Exhibitions acquires: Food & Drink Expo, Convenience Retailing Show (CRS), International Forecourt & Fuel Equipment Show (IFFE)

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1990's

1999

We launch GrocerJobs online and redesign Off Licence News.

1998

The Grocer is named Business Journal of the Year by the PPA, the association of UK magazine and periodical publishers.

We launch The Knowledge Store – our database marketing and data management division.

1996

Forecourt News is incorporated into Forecourt Trader.

1991

Monthly magazine Forecourt Trader is acquired.

1990

Our directories division begins with the purchase of Food from Britain Buyers’ Guide.

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1980's

1985

Independent Grocery News is re-launched as Convenience Store.

1981

Independent Retailer and Caterer replaces Cash and Carry News

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1970's

1974

We buy Cash and Carry News from Grocers Gazette.

1970

The Wine and Spirit Trade Review is renamed as Off Licence News.

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The Early Years

1954

The Grocer Buff List is launched to provide a comprehensive listing of manufacturers' suggested retail prices for the supermarket industry. In 1976 it is renamed The Grocer Price List.

1935

The Wine and Spirit Trade Review is first published as a separate title and later becomes Off Licence News, which is still published fortnightly today.

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The 1800's

1863-1870

5 new titles join The Grocer, including: Tobacco Trade Review, Brewers Journal 1864, Hop & Malt Trades Review (a supplement in Brewers Journal), The Oil Trade Review, The Wine Trade Review (a supplement in The Grocer) 1863

1862

William Reed begins publishing The Grocer.

1861

Founder William Reed launches his publishing business.