Contract Catering articles

Catering firm gains prestigious ‘Three Stars’ from SRA after mammoth sustainability push

Catering firm gains prestigious ‘Three Stars’ from SRA after mammoth sustainability push

CH&CO has become the largest and most diverse contract caterer to be awarded the top-level Three Star rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The SRA rating, which is regarded as the Michelin Stars of sustainability, encompasses the whole CH&CO business, including workplaces, destinations, venues, events, education, livery and healthcare. Sustainability is an important long-term

Vertas Group makes acquisition to become a national contract catering provider

Vertas Group has completed the acquisition of Churchill Catering in a deal which sees it become a national contract catering provider. The company’s food proposition has primarily focused on the education sector up to now, with 40,000 meals prepared daily for school children and college students across East Anglia. The takeover of Churchill sees Vertas

Caterer makes dual appointment in bid to penetrate new areas of the market

Amadeus has made two senior executive appointments as it looks to bolster its event and venue catering portfolio. Paul Bate will take up the post of operations director for Amadeus’ ‘home venues’, which includes managing the catering for four million visitors per year at the NEC Group venues. Mr Bate previously held the position of catering

Catering firm signs raw vegan coach to food development team and eyes new menu design

Catering firm Kudos has brought a nutritionist and raw vegan coach into its food development team in a clear sign of how menu trends are changing. Rochelle Costa joins the business having worked in Malaysia, South Africa and Portugal and will work in unison with chief executive Matthew Herter to influence the recipe and menu

Top Sodexo chef says its kitchens are not afraid to lead corporate food trends

The onus on commercial kitchen operators to meet demand for more vegetarian and vegan food, coupled with a desire to be more environmentally-friendly, is rapidly catching fire in the corporate events space too, a leading chef at one of the country’s top caterers has claimed. Ben Dutson, head chef for Sodexo’s major events business, oversees

Jamie Oliver and contract caterer Aramark sign exclusive 10-year culinary deal

Restaurant concepts operated by TV chef Jamie Oliver, such as Jamie Oliver’s Diner and Jamie’s Deli, could become a common sight in office catering environments following a landmark deal with Aramark. The Jamie Oliver Group and contract caterer have struck a 10-year agreement that will see them work together on an exclusive basis to enhance

BaxterStorey exec head chef Frank Coughlan raises £21k for industry charity

BaxterStorey’s executive head chef, Frank Coughlan, has raised an impressive £21,000 for The Springboard Charity, following a black tie event at Arora Hotel Gatwick in Crawley. The charity dinner was the culmination of several months of fundraising for Mr Coughlan (pictured second left), who initially set himself a target of £3,500. Mr Coughlan oversees the

BaxterStorey creates industry’s first in-house service academy

BaxterStorey has launched a new training initiative that it claims is a “first of its kind” for the catering industry. The contract caterer has created the Service Academy, which is designed to ensure hospitality staff across its business are equipped with the skills and confidence to provide a service to rival that of a five-star