Sodexo has today announced the acquisition of leading London contract caterer, The Good Eating Company.

Sodexo and The Good Eating Company share a vision to grow their presence in metropolitan areas, including the highly competitive and dynamic workplace dining marketplace in London and Dublin.

Over the last 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. Rob Lindner, finance director, who has played a key role in the acquisition, has taken this opportunity to retire after 45 years working in the foodservice industry.

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

David Bailey, CEO, corporate services, Sodexo UK & Ireland said, “We are really 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, that will never change. Sodexo is a large organisation with a strong heritage in food and by becoming the new owners 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.  This move will enable us together to take the next step in this exciting journey."

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