11 December 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Sodexo has announced the acquisition of the Alliance in Partnership (AiP) group of companies, a specialist education caterer that includes The Contract Dining Company and Class Catering Services.
Established in 1998, AiP has grown considerably over the past few years through organic growth and acquisitions. The company has stayed true to its ethos of supplying high-quality, locally sourced and seasonal meals at competitive prices, a focus shared by Sodexo.
AiP will continue to operate independently with managing director Paul Rogers continuing to lead the business and its 1,500 employees from its Birmingham head office.
Food and the dining experience at school are incredibly important, with lunch times providing an important break in a busy day for students. By joining forces, Sodexo and AiP will combine their resources and expertise to deliver food concepts to help improve health and learning outcomes for students across the UK.
Paul Rogers will join a newly formed operational board, which with Sodexo's managing director for government schools, Matt Garner, will oversee the development of Sodexo and AiP's business in this sector. The new board will include executives from both Sodexo and AiP and will report into Sodexo's CEO for schools and universities, Andrew Wilkinson.