Pizza Express owner to expand purchasing function

28 July 2008
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29 July 2008 | Paul Snell

Restaurant operator Gondola Group is looking to expand its supply chain function as the business continues to grow.

The group, which owns the restaurants PizzaExpress, Ask and Zizzi, is looking to recruit four staff, including buyers working with both the food and non-food teams and two roles in distribution.

Mark Crawford, group supply chain director at the firm, told the current team is "a bit under-resourced", and the new roles are needed to help with the growth of the business.

"Supply chain is part and parcel of the management and business. It sits across all the operational boards and is a key part of being successful," he said.

Crawford joined the group in 2004 and controls more than £300 million of spend on both food and non-food categories, as well as handling the firm's supply chain.

Gondola has suffered the rise in commodity costs in both food and fuel, and Crawford adds many of its long-term relationships with Italian suppliers are at the mercy of the strength of the Euro against the Pound.

However, he said the group had been able to mitigate some of these problems with suppliers, thanks to its plans to expand and increase its number of restaurants, and the well-known brand names that give his team credibility in the marketplace.


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