3663 has announced that it has won a contract with the Ministry of Justice to supply food and drink to all publically run prisons in England and Wales.
The contract to supply food to prisoners plus staff over the next four years, was awarded to incumbent supplier 3663 following a competitive tender process taking more than 12 months.
Tony Ball, director of sales at 3663, said: "This is the largest Government contract 3663 has been awarded in recent years. It is testimony to how closely we understand and work with our customers.
"We're proud that we're not only delivering quality food at a good price but that our business improvements and innovations are responding to our customers' needs. Having built a solid groundwork with the Ministry of Justice since 2007, this contract could take us to 2020."
As well as committing to reducing food costs, 3663 has also offered added value such as reducing carbon emissions, providing career opportunities for ex-offenders and supporting British growers and suppliers. Additionally, 3663 will improve security by reducing the number of inbound deliveries and, in turn, the gate-openings required.
This is the first time the tender process has been consolidated under a single supply contract. The initial four-year contract includes the supply of fresh, frozen, chilled and ambient food and, after the initial period, the contract has a potential extension for a further four years.
Pictured are Ann Beasley, director general of finance and corporate services for the Ministry of Justice, and Andy Kemp, group sales director of 3663, signing the contract
By Lisa Jenkins
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