Creed Foodservice has confirmed that it will be the National Trust’s foodservice partner of choice for the next five years. The news comes after a comprehensive tender process spanning several months.
The family-owned wholesaler, which employs a 330 strong workforce at its Gloucestershire, Derbyshire and Buckinghamshire distribution centres, will service every National Trust site that offers a tea room, café or restaurant facility across the country.
A Creed spokeswoman said: “Creed and the National Trust share similar values and ethos, and one of the key reasons we successfully retained the notable contract is a shared focus on people. Both Creed and the Trust successfully recruit people who truly believe in what their respective organisations stand for.”
Rob Owen, Creed’s executive development chef had developed a great working relationship with his opposite number, Clive Goudercourt, development chef for the National Trust, the spokeswoman added.
Goudercourt commented: “Rob tirelessly gives his time to ensure that as a customer I get what I need and am looked after. I’ve been able to utilise Rob’s skills and passion for food and recipe creation on numerous occasions, whether working on a Christmas menu and all associated ingredients or simply checking if a particular ingredient is available. From being able to have products presented to me to tasting sessions Rob has always delivered excellent customer service and I’ve always been very satisfied with the outcome.”
Philip de Ternant, Creed’s MD added: “Successfully securing the National Trust account for the next five years is a huge testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team. It’s hugely gratifying to know that our great service and ‘believe in more’ attitude, coupled with a competitive offer of course, secured and retained this prestigious and highly valued account.
“As a partnership we’ve been focused on helping the National Trust deliver their key strategies and plans and we’re looking forward to further developing future growth for both organisations over the next five years.”