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6 August 2014 | Will Green
Middlesbrough FC is aiming to achieve annual savings of £30,000 by outsourcing its food and beverage procurement.
The deal involves a review of all food-related purchasing at its Riverside Stadium and Rockcliffe Park training ground, while 10 per cent has already been saved in its food wholesale category through a supplier retendering process.
The work has taken place following the signing of a contract with Pelican Procurement Services which will oversee supplier tendering, sourcing, pricing negotiations and centralising invoicing and payments.
Mark Ellis, chief operating officer for the club, said they were aiming to save at least 12 per cent across all food and drink buying over a year.
“As a club, we host on average 25 football games per year, which brings crowds of around 16,000 on the concourses, in addition to serving around 700 meals in the hospitality areas,” he said. “We also host a range of conferences, banquets, weddings and other events. Our chefs are responsible for creating menus for the varying events but I felt it was time to bring in a procurement specialist to help not only reduce our food costs, but decrease the time our chefs spend on purchasing and administration.”
Shabaz Mohammed, managing director of Pelican Procurement Services, said: “We are delighted to be working with Middlesbrough Football Club to manage its food-related procurement. Our comprehensive service enables the club to completely outsource its purchasing requirements to us for its main Riverside Stadium facilities and also its training ground, Rockliffe Park."