20 November 2009 | Jake Kanter
Global food and facilities supplier Sodexo is looking to increase local food procurement in areas where there is customer demand.
The company held a two-day conference in Scotland this month to improve relations with potential and existing suppliers in the country. The event gave over 25 vendors the opportunity to showcase their produce and secure new business.
Steve Jobson, buying director for the UK and Ireland at Sodexo, said it would help the company meet demand for domestic food in Scotland, as well as feed into wider work on sustainability.
"Our targets are solely based on the needs of the individual client and their customer preference," Jobson told SM. "As a large-scale purchaser we recognise it is important for the future wellbeing of UK and Ireland suppliers that they are supported and are able to contribute to our supply chains.
"We have forged new relationships with some of the [conference] attendees and are investigating potential opportunities to integrate them into our existing supply chain. We are already seeing this coming to fruition with ongoing discussions."
The conference also gave Jobson the opportunity to communicate Sodexo's standards on food safety and traceability.