Decisions about Greene King’s kitchen and catering offering are now being taken by a single department following its acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company — and at the head of it all is Kevin Harper.
The Suffolk-based pub giant paid £774m to take over Spirit and create a 3,100-unit strong pub empire last year, and it has spent the last 12 months integrating all aspects of the business, including its food development team.
“Since we acquired Spirit in June 2015, the business has been working through a period of integration, with an aim of bringing together the best ways of working from both companies, and the food development team is no exception,” he says.
“After having two teams — the Greene King and ex-Spirit teams — successfully sharing ideas and knowledge through the development of our spring/summer menus, we now have one completely combined unit as we start to look forward to developing the Christmas and autumn/winter menus.”
Kevin oversees a team of food development and product innovation managers, who are predominantly based in Sunrise House in Burton, where its development kitchen is located.
Company: Greene King
Address: Westgate Brewery, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1QT
Tel: 01284 763222
Focus: Pub food
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