Just Deli snapped up by OCS Group for rumoured £7m

03 November 2004 by
Just Deli snapped up by OCS Group for rumoured £7m

The OCS Group has snapped up Reading-based contract caterer Just Deli in a deal it claims makes it the UK's sixth largest contract caterer.

Although the sale price was not revealed, it is believed to be in excess of £7m.

It will also give OCS a bigger presence in the business and industry sector as OCS Catering deals predominantly with hospital catering.

Just Deli was set up in 1996 by John Duffield, who will remain in a senior management role. It is forecast to achieve a turnover approaching £11m this year.

It specialises in staff catering, primarily in the London and Thames Valley region, where it provides workers with a high street-style deli/bistro service.

Duffield said Just Deli would be able to use OCS's national infrastructure to expand its business to other parts of the country.

The lack of this support system has hampered its efforts to expand in the West Midlands, where it holds a major contract at the Mitchells & Butlers head office.

Duffield had also considered a flotation on OFEX or using shareholders' money to fund the geographic expansion.

by Angela Frewin

Buy this week's Caterer magazine for more industry news and analysis

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking