A new procurement solutions business, Arete Procurement Solutions, has been created by former Caterforce managing director, Nick Redford (pictured, right), and Warren Hamer (pictured, left), Sodexo's global category director for protein.
The pair worked together at Makro before going their separate ways prior to the Booker takeover in 2013. Warren worked at Iceland and TGI Fridays prior to Sodexo, while Nick went on to manage Caterforce successfully for 10 years.
Commenting on the launch, Hamer said: "Following a sustained period of food inflation, it is imperative that food businesses continually review their procurement process to ensure they are always getting best value. Nick and I have the knowledge, networks and know-how to ensure our clients are sourcing the best possible products at the most competitive prices."
Redford added: "It's an exciting time for the industry but succeeding in foodservice can be down to fine margins. Having an in-depth knowledge of procurement and supply chains will allow us to provide sound commercial solutions. Our team will be dedicated to ensuring our clients are equipped to deal with ever-changing business challenges."
The business will specialise in providing services including on-going food procurement support, category strategy management, range management and own brand development across key categories. The new business will start trading on 1 March 2020.