Pelican grabs £42m council catering contract

Pelican Buying Company has landed a £42m deal to manage the supply of food and food-related products on behalf of Birmingham City Council, the UK’s largest local authority.

The three-year contract will see Pelican operate as the council’s purchasing experts, managing manufacturer and supplier tendering, contract mobilisation and complete supply chain management including supplier payments.

Pelican will also be responsible for tendering and managing supply chain contracts for food and drink, catering disposables and light catering equipment for all directorates of BCC, including schools, elderly people’s homes, leisure centres and civic and hospitality catering.

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A dedicated team of three members of staff from Pelican will be based at Birmingham City Council’s office on a full-time basis, in order to integrate with the client and deliver on-the-ground support to the directorates, in addition to being closely supported by Pelican’s head-office in Surrey.

Shabaz Mohammed, managing director of Pelican Buying Company, said: “Our comprehensive service enables the council to completely outsource its purchasing requirements to us, meaning Pelican will manage the complete supply chain process from product development, sourcing, purchasing, delivery, customer service and supplier payment.”

A large proportion of the contract will concentrates on the purchasing for over 400 schools, which includes sourcing products that not only meet the government’s nutritional standards, but also adhere to the council’s sustainable and Fairtrade food procurement policies.

Pelican has specialised in the procurement market for more than two decades and manages total purchasing volumes of over £125m.

Approximately 3,000 hospitality businesses and 2,000 schools and colleges currently benefit from Pelican’s services, according to the company.

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