Independent contract caterer Host ](http://www.hostmgt.com/)has signed a new three-year procurement deal with nursing and residential care provider, Sanctuary Care.
The contract, worth around £1.75m a year in food costs, sees the caterer service more than 50 care UK homes and a conference centre through Host's in-house supply management system Caternet.
Host founder and managing director Jerry Brand said the Sanctuary Care catering teams will shortly be installing Host's G-shop e-procurment system, in a bid to trade in a paperless environment, reduce the collective carbon footprint and speed up administration and financial planning.
"The market is extremely tough at the moment, particularly with the public cost-cutting announced by the coalition Government last week," he added. "Clients are now looking at further ways of controlling costs, which is why Caternet and G-shop are well placed to expand as they both deliver pricing transparency to our customers.
"It's going to be increasingly vital for contractors to keep people using dining facilities, rather than bringing their own food into work."
By Janie Stamford
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