One of the biggest foodservice contracts in the UK has been won by a new consortium, Purple Foodservice Solutions.
The Ministry of Defence has awarded its five-year worldwide food supply contract, which is worth about pound;150m a year, to the group made up of DBC Foodservice, Vestey Group, and Supreme Foodservice.
The contract is for the delivery of 1,500 ambient, fresh, chilled and frozen food products to 1,200 military locations, including operational and exercise locations, and HM ships and submarines.
DBC will provide all UK sourcing and logistical requirements, with Supreme operating overseas depots and Vestey Group supplying meat and poultry products.
Graeme Pritchard, Purple’s managing director, said: “I believe Purple has been awarded this important contract because our bid contained three important differentials.
“Our team holds substantial experience in MOD contract management and unparalleled knowledge of the non-UK logistics involved; we took an innovative approach to current logistical challenges that avoided a ‘same again’ approach; and we put in place well thought through budget protocols that will provide economies for the public purse through logistical efficiencies.”
Pritchard was the project director of supply from 1996 to 2004 for 3663, the holder of the current contract which expires in October.
l For more, including an interview with DBC managing director Peter Judge, see page 30.