06 January 2005 | David Arminas
One of the UK's largest independent contract caterers is to focus on more locally produced food as it revamps procurement.
BaxterStorey is the result of a merger between Wilson Storey Halliday (WSH), which has an annual turnover of £75 million, and BaxterSmith, a £30 million turnover company.
Keith Wilson, commercial director of the merged company, and responsible for procurement, said BaxterStorey started operations on 1 January with around 300 clients throughout the UK and Ireland.
He told SM: "One of our selling points is that we already try to source locally. Some international companies have much more stringent supply chain management allowing little leeway."
The annual budget for food and produce will be about £45 million for the new company, whose clients include Cisco and Barclays.
Wilson, who was formerly commercial director at WSH, said purchasing managers at individual sites could choose from a framework contract or seek a local supply chain.
He added that there was much more concern about food content, such as whether it was genetically modified.
Indirect procurement would also be scrutinised for savings, but Wilson did not foresee using e-auctions in the near future.
They seemed to be more about lowest price than service, he said.