Jestic takes over catering service company

Catering equipment distributor Jestic has started the New Year by adding a comprehensive kitchen repair capability to its offering after taking over ServEquip Assistance.

The Kent-based company, which distributes brands such as Josper, Wood Stone, Henny Penny and Vitamix, said the acquisition would “fast track” it into a full supply and service company.

The deal gives Jestic access to more than 30 service engineers specialising in catering maintenance.

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Steve Loughton, managing director of Jestic, said: “The acquisition of ServEquip Assistance is a fantastic move which takes Jestic to the next level. By merging the expertise of the ServEquip staff in service and parts, with the logistics and customer service skills of the in-house Jestic team, we can now offer clients a seamless solution throughout the order process and beyond.”

He added that with industry confidence growing, the investment would satisfy the needs of customers that are demanding to know exactly what kind of support they are getting from their critical equipment suppliers.

The acquisition builds on the relationship that was formed between the two companies two years ago when Jestic purchased ServEquip’s equipment distribution division.

That agreement also led to it snapping up a 50% stake in ServEquip Assistance, with Jestic owner Martin Beesley confirming at the time that the company intended to increase its stake at some point.

Croydon-based ServEquip provides everything from tailored preventative maintenance programmes to emergency repair services and works with chains such as Pizza Hut, KFC and JD Wetherspoon.

Loughton added: “With 32 service engineers providing nationwide service support 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, ServEquip has a solid base on which to build our service and parts offering going forward.”

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