More wins for Bestway Batleys Foodservice

Bestway Batleys Foodservice (BBF), which was set up last September, continues to gain new business with a raft of private and local authority clients over the past month totalling £3m, the wholesaler said this week.

In Plymouth BBF has been awarded the supplier to the Steve Bartlett Group of Businesses in Plymouth which include a number of stand-alone bars and restaurants including Carpe Diem, Good Body’s, The Barista Brothers, Americano’s and The Skiving Scholar. BBF is supplying the group with drinks, ingredients and butchery including the relaunch of the DD brand from his micro brewery in the Hyde Park Inn.

In Cardiff, BBF has also won foodservice contracts in the upmarket Cardiff Bay are supplying the majority of restaurants and bars including Mimosas, The Bayside Brassiere, Giovanni’s and Valentinos. As well as these successes, Bar One, the new contemporary bistro within the new Millennium Centre, has also selected BBF as its foodservice partner.

In addition to securing additional private sector Features > Business, BBF has also been successful with local authority tenders, having been awarded substantial business with NHS Maidstone business to supply their two large hospitals with their chilled, catering and drink requirements after a three moth trial period. The contract which will be serviced by the Batleys Gillingham depot has a four year tenure.

Darlington and South Ayrshire Councils have also come on board with the group to supply their soft drink needs to schools in their catchment.

Steve Irons, senior contracts manager at BBF commented: “The great thing about these new wins is that the companies that are now coming onboard are extremely varied, thus proving that we are committed to sitting down and taking to customers about their individual requirements, rather than offering a standard solution. All the businesses recognise that we area major player with great credentials in purchasing, delivery and service, and yet have the flexibility to serve their bespoke needs.”

BBF also announced that its Price Hold Guarantee (which holds prices for a three month period) has been responsible for a “29.5% leap” in catering sales over the previous period and Essentially Catering – the group’s own label catering range – continues to develop and is showing over 30% increase since its launch in February.

Paul Rabone, catering controller for BBF said: “Both the Essentially Catering brand and the Price Hold Guarantee are fundamental elements of our offering to caterers. It gives customers confidence in quality and price when it comes to menu planning. We are extremely pleased with the way things are going in foodservice and our recent successes demonstrates that we are now a credible national player in foodservice.”

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