Contract catering giant Sodexo has bought the Good Eating Company (GEC) with plans to grow business in the capital.
The London contract catering company will continue to operate independently with chairman John Harris and managing director Carlos Mistry leading the business and its 260 employees.
"This move will enable us to take the next step in this exciting journey together," said Harris.
GEC finance director Rob Lindner has decided to retire after 45 years in foodservice.
Over the past 18 years GEC has provided workplace dining to the creative, media and arts; investment and financial management; and pharmaceutical industries, and has an annual turnover exceeding £17m.
Sodexo said the acquisition strengthens its position in the corporate market by adding a premium, food-only service to sit alongside its existing integrated facilities management offering.
David Bailey, chief executive of corporate services at Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: "We continue to build a stronger food offer, which integrates into our provision and that meets the requirements of organisations looking for an IFM solution. However, we acknowledge that some clients want a more boutique-style offering, tailored to the needs of the client, with food at the heart, and only food. This is where GEC excels and we are looking forward to being a part of their future success."
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