Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award 2010 – In House Caterers

November 29th, 2010 Categories: News, Press Releases Tags:
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WINNER: SODEXO NORTHERN IRELAND When Sodexo Northern Ireland landed the contract to operate the catering facilities at all of the Police Service of Nothern Ireland’s facilities, it also scooped the largest single catering contact on the island of Ireland.

It was a major coup, but it represented a mighty job – with all 42 sites across the province to be mobilised on the same day, 1 December 2008. Add into the mix the Chief Constable’s gala Christmas Party for 200 VIP guests on day one and you get the feeling that it was a baptism of fire for
Sodexo’s NI operation.

The hard work paid off however, with all catering operations soon bedded down, and the facility at PSNI Seapark in Carrickfergus hailed as the jewel in the crown. When the client opted for a major refurb, Sodexo helped turn the catering department from a one-room facility with a domestic cooker and a hatch for serving customers, to an all singing, all dancing new restaurant with upscale design and a shiny new kitchen. The investment was rewarded with a mighty 300% increase in sales and 65%
increase in customer patronage.

Serving 60 PSNI staff on site, the regularly updated range of menus include traditional breakfasts with healthy alternatives, morning treats in line with latest trends, and lunch reflecting high street offerings for
consumption on and off site. Promotions showcase local food producers as well as highlight health and wellbeing and Cathy Anderson, the craft development chef dedicated to the PSNI account, works with chefs to develop a range of innovative offerings.

As first-time entrants to the Awards, the Sodexo Northern Ireland team were absolutely thrilled with the win, says Alaistair Armstrong, PSNI account manager. ‘To get through as a finalist was a great achievement so we were happy with that. When we won the Award, we couldn’t believe it.
It’s great for all the team who have worked so hard since we took over this account, and it’s also great for the company as we will use this to promote Sodexo as a whole.’ The client was delighted too. ‘We got a letter from the Deputy Chief Constable congratulating us on the win, which was nice. The win validates the client’s decision to invest in the facility.’

The Judges’ View:
‘Sodexo NI’s team of expert management and staff deliver an exceptional offering for workers at the Carrickfergus facility, providing innovative menus, top quality fare, and a welcome range of healthy options. Committed client service is key to the success of this award-winning operation, which is justly described as the flagship catering facility in the PSNI.’

Finalists
Aramark Ireland at Genzyme, Waterford
Sodexo Northern Ireland at PSNI Seapark, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim
Sodexo Ireland at APC Galway
The Barristers Tea Rooms, The Four Courts, Dublin 7

The National Hygiene Partnership is the trading name for a Partnership of Government Agencies and Industry Representatives Bodies which was established for the purpose of developing , promoting and coordinating a range of food safety training initiatives for the Irish Food Sectors. The NHP is registered for VAT in Ireland, Registration number 9535893H and the business address is Abbey Court, Block B. Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.