Concession caterer SSP extends distribution contracts with DBC

28 September 2010 by
Concession caterer SSP extends distribution contracts with DBC

Travel concession caterer SSP has awarded DBC Foodservice two contract extensions worth £45m in total, to distribute foods to its catering and retail outlets in UK airports, railway stations and leisure facilities as well as its Rail Gourmet business.

The three-year deal, which began in June, has already seen DBC make more than 4,500 deliveries of multi-temperature foods to SSP's 168-site network. Worth £25m, the contract has an option to extend by a further two years.

The three-year Rail Gourmet contract extension is worth £20m and also includes a two-year extension option.

Sukh Tiwana, SSP group commercial director, said: "SSP were looking for a partner that could serve our unique portfolio of local and international brands in a demanding travel environment.

"DBC's excellent track record in dealing with travel sector operators and in particular with our existing Rail Gourmet business, alongside their flexibility and ability to serve our requirements, made them our partner of choice."

SSP, which was sold by Compass in 2006 to private equity firm EQT, owns brands such as Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza as well as operating Burger King, Starbucks and Marks & Spencer Simply Food outlets under franchise.

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By Janie Stamford

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