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The company aims to grow in cities

14 September 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Sodexo has announced its acquisition of leading London contract caterer The Good Eating Company.


Sodexo says it shares with The Good Eating Company a vision to grow their presence in metropolitan areas, including the highly competitive and dynamic workplace dining marketplaces in London and Dublin.


Over the past 18 years The Good Eating Company has continually developed its offer to bring the definitive standard in workplace dining to leading organisations including those in the creative, media and arts, investment and financial management and pharmaceutical industries, and in recent years has seen significant growth.


The Good Eating Company will continue to operate independently, with chairman John Harris and managing director Carlos Mistry leading the business and its 260 employees. Finance director Rob Lindner, who played a key role in the acquisition, is retiring after 45 years in the catering industry.


Sodexo will provide support in terms of development and resources, which will enable The Good Eating Company to continue to focus on delivering innovative food services. Sodexo in return will benefit from a new premium food-only offer to sit alongside its existing integrated facilities management offer, which will help to strengthen its position in the corporate market.


David Bailey, CEO of corporate services at Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “We are excited to have The Good Eating Company join the Sodexo Group; their ethos and passion for food is a perfect fit for Sodexo. We value everything John and Carlos have created and respect the different approach they have to delivering fabulous food.


"We continue to build a stronger food offer which integrates into our provision and that meets the requirements of organisations looking for an IFM solution but we acknowledge that some clients want a more boutique-style offering tailored to the needs of the client with food at the heart, and only food. This is where GEC excels and we are looking forward to being a part of their future success.”


John Harris, chairman of The Good Eating Company, added: “We are passionate about food and that is what our highly skilled people do best. Sodexo is a large organisation with a strong heritage in food and by becoming the new owner of The Good Eating Company, it is making a statement within the industry and beyond that it is committed to the highest values in food.”