DHL dares to become foodservice ‘disruptor’ as it forges landmark industry alliance

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Compass Group’s UK division has forged a “strategic partnership” with logistics giant DHL that they claim will create a new force in the global foodservices market.

The move will accelerate the growth of DHL’s foodservice offering, with the firm describing the venture as a “major new disruptor” in the market.

Compass and DHL will work collaboratively to provide high quality catering services to customers in the public sector, airline, rail and facilities management industries.

DHL will deliver end-to-end supply chain solutions, which will include overseeing the flow of product and management of waste. It will also bring its sector expertise in final mile operations, lean techniques and business analytics to create a platform for continuous improvement.

Compass Group, meanwhile, will leverage its extensive network of supplier relationships and foodservices technology solutions to drive the creation, sourcing, procurement and delivery of innovative and cost-effective menus.

Together, the partnership will offer customers greater breadth of choice in ingredients, while providing end-to-end transparency of their cost base, allowing greater control of their investment, according to the firms.

Paul Richardson, MD, Specialist Services, DHL Supply Chain (left) and Andrew Barry, MD of Business & Industry at Compass Group, celebrate signing the strategic partnership

Paul Richardson, MD, Specialist Services, DHL Supply Chain (left) and Andrew Barry, MD of Business & Industry at Compass Group, celebrate signing the strategic partnership.

Andrew Barry, managing director of business & industry at Compass Group UK&I, said: “This partnership allows us to stay true to our core focus and expertise of foodservice while building on DHL’s strong existing customer base in the Passenger Gateways sector. We will use our respective key strengths to bring a new level of service and innovation to current and future clients in this market.”

Over the past year DHL has expanded its foodservice offering and supply chain solutions in the UK, winning contracts with major airline companies and successfully diversifying into rail.

Paul Richardson, managing director of specialist services at DHL Supply Chain, said about the Compass partnership: “Together we will be able to enhance our proposition as a foodservice provider, offering innovative solutions that provide our customers with even greater choice, cost transparency and quality. We are looking forward to growing in this sector with Compass at our side.”

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