Almond Catering Makes Grade With 126 Million Contract

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Leading contract caterer, Almond Catering, has secured a four year contract worth £1.26 million total turnover with the University of Cumbria.

The deal will see the company provide catering services for staff and students five days a week, 52 weeks a year at two of the university's campuses, Brampton and Caldewgate, in Carlisle.  The contract will provide 156,000 meals per year for students and staff at the university.

This will be the first time Almond Catering, which was established in 2004 and is now the largest independent caterer in Scotland, has operated in the north of England.  Fifteen staff will be employed at the university and services available include a Costa Coffee with a large TV screen, new deli bars, vending and hospitality.

Alan Aitken, managing director of Almond Catering, said: "This is an important and prominent contract win for us.  We have already established a track record and excellent reputation in Scotland and are delighted to bring our unrivalled service to establishments in the north of England

"We are very much looking forward to providing an exceptional service to staff and students at the University of Cumbria."

The company has extensive experience in Scotland, including running the Langside College catering account for three years and has plans to grow the further education aspect of the business.  

Almond Catering has built up an enviable reputation for the best in quality, combined with personal service and attention to detail and uses local suppliers wherever possible. Over 80% of suppliers are sourced on the basis the company generates sustainability in the communities in which it works.

Alan continued: "We provide our clients with a diverse range of catering services and it's very satisfying to bring in new business in the current economic situation.  It is testament to the hard work and first class food and service levels from everyone in the Almond catering team."

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