Foster secures ESPO supply contract

Foster Refrigerator confirmed today that it has landed a contract to supply refrigeration services to a selection of county councils under the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) banner.

The King’s Lynn-based manufacturer will supply commercial catering equipment and associated services to seven local authorities from the east and midlands that make up ESPO.

The contract adds to Foster’s public sector portfolio, with the company already an approved supplier on both the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) database and Energy Technology List (ETL).

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ESPO is part of the Pro5 group, a joint committee of local authorities’ buying associations with a combined purchasing power of over £2 billion per annum. ESPO itself includes Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Warwickshire County Councils, along with Leicester and Peterborough City Councils.

Vim Hariani, public sector sales manager at Foster Refrigerator said: “Foster has been very involved with public sector bodies for over 30 years, and is one of the few commercial refrigeration manufacturers to feature on the Government Procurement list. It is testament to our experience in this diverse sector that we were able to win the contract to work with ESPO.”

Part of Foster’s long term plan for their work in the public sector includes liaising with schools as they prepare for the additional demands which will come from the onset of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) in September 2014.

He said Foster specialists around the country were working closely with head-teachers and catering managers to ensure they have the correct refrigeration in place to cope, including free site-surveys where accurate demand planning can be carried out.

“We have calculated that one 600 litre fridge is needed per 100 school meals prepared each day — so extra meals will need additional extra cold-storage to cater for the increased demand,” said Hariani.

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