ABM Catering ousts Lindley Group from Stoke City FC's Britannia Stadium

ABM Catering ousts Lindley Group from Stoke City FC's Britannia Stadium

ABM Catering, a new player on the stadia catering circuit, has scooped a three-year deal with Stoke City FC at the Britannia Stadium, taking over from incumbent operator, Stoke-based Lindley Group.

The contract comes on the back of ABM's collaboration with the club over the past 12 months at their training ground facility, feeding senior and academy players and staff.

ABM said it had drawn on its experience of managing catering services in other sectors to bring a number of innovative ideas to stadia catering that were already delivering efficiencies for the club.

The caterer will launch its new service in full at the start of the new football season, following "significant" investment in the facilities on the concourses.

Sue Johnson, managing director of ABM, said: "This is an exciting new venture for the company through our recently formed ‘Venue' division, and one that we look forward to building on in the future."

Commenting on the contract loss Adam Elliott, the Lindley Group's chief executive, said the company had achieved excellent results at the Britannia Stadium during the past six years.

"It is, therefore, only natural that we are disappointed that Stoke City FC has decided not to extend the catering contract on its expiry," he added.

By Janie Manzoori-Stamford

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