Foodservice wholesaler A to Z Catering has joined the Fairway Foodservice buying group, as part of its plans to significantly expand its foodservice operations.
The company, based in Hornsey, London, is well known for supplying the fast food market, and has enjoyed steady growth supplying the foodservice industry in the last 16 years.
Its customers include schools, theme parks, hotels, and playgrounds, and owner and managing director Hifsi Ayrancioglu (pictured above, left) hopes to build on this after becoming Fairway’s 18th member.
“Joining Fairway is a key part of developing our foodservice offering,” he said. “We have built a successful business focusing on the fast food industry, and our goal is to replicate this in foodservice.
“We have a solid base of customers throughout Greater London and the south east, going as far west as Poole, Oxford and as far north as Cambridge.
“With Fairway’s support, guidance and expertise we hope to accelerate our growth and expect foodservice to contribute significantly to our turnover in four years.”
As well as joining Fairway, A to Z Catering is setting up a dedicated foodservice sales team and is seeking to recruit an experienced foodservice sales manager.
The business had a turnover of £27m in 2015 and employs 120 people, most of whom have been there for more than 10 years. Its 40,00sq ft depot holds its frozen, chilled and ambient products.
Fairway’s chief executive Chris Binge (above, right) said: “A to Z Catering is a profitable, well-managed, substantial business, with progressive development plans for supplying foodservice accounts in the south east.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Hifsi and his team to the Fairway group. We look forward to helping A to Z develop its foodservice business with our product range and expertise, and working together to help A to Z achieve its objectives.”
Fairway joined the FWD earlier this month.