The Lindley Group, a contract caterer specialising in stadiums and tourist destinations, has been acquired by North American hospitality giant Centerplate.
The deal, for an undisclosed sum, creates a group with anticipated combined revenues of £660m for 2013 and a workforce of 35,000 staff worldwide.
Lindley serves a number of UK sporting venues and tourist destinations, including Tottenham Hotspur FC’s White Hart Lane, Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road and Warner Bros Studio Tour London, while Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 30 official US Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 21 World Series, and the Winter Olympic Games.
Lindley CEO Adam Elliott will now become president of The Lindley Group as well as executive VP of Centerplate, reporting to Centerplate president and CEO Des Hague.
Elliot said: “Achieving global scale through this merger with Centerplate is a massive boost for Lindley, which will benefit from an infusion of resources and expertise while enjoying the operational freedom to bring our UK clients, fans and guests the food innovation and technology advances that Centerplate is pioneering at venues across America.”