Sodexo adds 18 new schools to its register in £1.3m contract

20 July 2021 by
Sodexo adds 18 new schools to its register in £1.3m contract

Birmingham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust (BDMAT) has awarded Sodexo a £1.3m per year catering contract for its 18 academy schools.

The new three-year contract runs from 1 August with an option to extend to a possible five years.

BDMAT's portfolio of 17 primary schools within Birmingham and Warwickshire caters for more than 3,800 pupils. Sodexo's contract also includes the trust's new purpose-built secondary school, Christ Church Secondary Academy, in Yardley Wood, Birmingham, which will open in September for around 190 year 7 pupils in its first year.

The contract will see Sodexo take on more than 50 staff from multiple catering providers.

Meals will comprise of a different theme for each day of the week: planet earth, street food, world food, originals and Friday favourites. A pre-order and payment platform, ‘School Food United', will also be implemented.

Matt Garner, managing director, government schools, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: "The award of this new contract demonstrates our continued commitment to providing healthy school meals while strengthening our position as a leading catering provider for state schools and academies in particular.

"We are looking forward to working in collaboration with the staff and pupils at each individual school to create a new, exciting school meals concept."

Christopher Mansell, chief executive of Birmingham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust, said: "We were really impressed with how the values and aspirations of Sodexo aligned with those of BDMAT and are excited about developing our new catering offer with Sodexo.

"Our pupils deserve the very best; eating healthily and well is a key component of supporting pupils in their education and development and we are confident Sodexo is the perfect partner for us."

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs around 30,000 people and covers sectors including business and industry; schools and universities; sports and leisure; energy and resources; government and agencies; healthcare; justice and defence.

Sodexo was founded in Marseille in 1966 by Pierre Bellon. It operates in 64 countries serving 100 million consumers each day with 420,000 employees across the world.

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