Contract caterer Aramark has announced two education contracts with the University of Salford, Greater Manchester and Motherwell College, Glasgow with a combined value of around £3.3m per year.
The deals will see Aramark provide breakfast, lunch, vending and snack menus to students as well as hospitality to staff, visitors and functions. The three-year contract with Motherwell College is an extension to an existing five-year deal.
Fiona Martin, Aramark operations director for education, described the contract as an opportunity for the firm to add value to its existing portfolio of clients within the education sector.
Aramark will operate a restaurant with a hot food counter, chef's theatre, and deli counter; a Costa coffee bar; a ‘grab and go' snack bar; and a convenience store at the new Motherwell College, based at a brand new site at Ravenscraig.
The University of Salford and Aramark have worked together since 2007. The new contract for three years, with an option to extend for a further two years, sees the caterer supply 11 campus outlets with Costa offerings and snack bars, fast food, traditional meals, wok cooking, salad bars and sandwiches for both internal and external customers.
Jan Wilman, director of commercial services at the University of Salford said: "Food services across the university have improved enormously since Aramark started working with us.
"Sales have increased more than 40% in two years and customer demand has justified improvements to two major outlets and the opening of two new coffee bars for 2009/10."
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By Janie Stamford
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