Purple wins £150m MOD contract

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Purple Foodservice Solutions has won a contract with the Ministry of Defence, to distribute its global food supply contract, worth £150m per year.

The contract will include the distribution of 1,500 ambient, fresh, chilled and frozen products to 1,200 military locations, including operational and exercise locations, and HM ships and submarines around the world.

Purple Foodservice Solutions is a specially created concern, made up from DBC Foodservice, Supreme Foodservice and the Vestey Group. DBC will provide the UK distribution, while Supreme will handle the overseas depot locations. Vestey will be a major supplier of meat and poultry products.

Graeme Pritchard, Purple’s managing director, said: “I believe Purple has been awarded this important contract because our bid contained three important differentials: our team holds substantial experience in MOD contract management and unparalleled knowledge of the non-UK logistics involved; we took an innovative approach to current logistical challenges that avoided a ‘same again’ approach; and we put in place well thought through budget protocols that will provide economies for the public purse through ongoing logistical efficiencies.”

In a statement made by the Rt Hon Adam Ingram, the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, he said that the new contract, compared with the operational element of the current food supply contract, could save the department more than £14 million over the next five years.”

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