Eden Foodservice wins Wales school meals contract

22 July 2008 by
Eden Foodservice wins Wales school meals contract

School meals caterer Eden Foodservice has become the first private company to win a contract for a group of schools in Wales.

The caterer, part of Initial Facilities Services, has landed a three-year contract to feed children at 52 primary schools and five secondary schools in Anglesey, worth £6m in annual turnover over the full-term.

The contract, which goes live in September and sees 200 catering staff transfer to Eden, has an option to extend two-years. All food will be prepared freshly on site and, where possible, will be locally sourced.

Gwyn Parri, head of education at Anglesey County Council said: "This new partnership will enable the council to invest more resources than ever before into school meals, which will result in a wider option of tasty and healthy food for our pupils."

Simon James, managing director of Eden, said: "We are proud to be the first private sector company to win a contract of this kind in Wales."

Wales has 22 local authorities and only 1% of school dinners are currently contracted out to private companies. Local Authorities spend around £27m on food for school meals each year.

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